Workflow Tutorial
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STEP 1: first export three images from Sketchup: 1. Shadow map 2. flat colour with hidden edges 3. Profile edges. I also took a Clay Render from Thea render with added glass reflections.

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SREP 2: In Photoshop I layer all of the images in the following order (Shadow, lines, flat colour, clay render).

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STEP 3: I set the line overlay to a multiply blending option.

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STEP 4: I select the shadow layer and set it to 100 black.

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STEP 5: I set the opacity of the Shadow layer to between 30-75% depending on the scene lighting.

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STEP 6: From the flat colour layer I select various sections to be brought into the main scene. Here I have selected the window frames.

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STEP 7: I can then change the colour, pattern or shading of individual elements. I often colour sections in very contrasting colours in SU so that they can easily be selected and modified in Photoshop.

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STEP 8: Glass effects are easily produced using Gradients. Here I have used a default style and then changed the colour to Blue.

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STEP 9: I can then add in many more details, for models such as this I often use decals scanned in from Airfix and model kits then brush them up in photoshop or illustrator.

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STEP 10: Finished element.

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Finished Illustration using the above technique.

While I was at college and University I was not able to afford a decent render engine. I spent a lot of time faking renders and cell shaded effects with simple Photoshop paintovers.

I am often asked how to replicate this style so I have created a short tutorial here.