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Making of 'Breakfast Wars'

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I started to focus on the toaster next. Seeing that the toaster didn't have enough going on to appear like a convincing metal object I used a little trick to add distorted reflections that are characteristic of chrome surfaces (Fig.05).

Fig. 05

To make this effect I set my brush to 100% opacity and brushed some soft light and dark gray tones on a layer over the toaster. I then selected the Magic Wand tool, set it at a tolerance of 2 or 3 and began clicking and deleting the parts that the magic wand had selected for me. As you can see the selections wrapped around nicely and I was left with an effect that worked well (Fig.06).

Fig. 06

After finishing with the last step I realized that the side of toaster was still too dark so I worked a stronger reflection into the toaster. For the hot toaster coils I drew out the shapes using the Pen tool, added orange stroke to it and applied an Outer Glow layer effect (Fig.07).

Fig. 07

In this step I fully fleshed out the bread slices. At first I was just going to cut out the slice of toast from a photo but it didn't look good so I ended up sampling colors from the bread photo using the Eyedropper tool instead and coloring the bread that way. I added some steam/smoke coming out of the toaster for some dynamism; any kind of movement is good in a composition like this. I also added some yellow lighting around the toaster because it was starting to look too monochromatic (Fig.08).

Fig. 08

I moved back to the juicer and added some yellow rim-lighting, as I'd done with the toaster. For the oranges, I sampled colors from a photo reference and lit them to my liking, much like I did with the slices of toast (Fig.09).

Fig. 09

For the cascade of orange juice I started by painting out the stream in a solid orange color. I then proceeded to add the highlights on the gush of juice by hand, but they weren't giving me the results I wanted so I tried a quick shortcut. I opened layer styles for the OJ layer and I applied a bevel and emboss effect with the texture option box ticked. I liked the look so I kept it to develop further (Fig.10).

Fig. 10


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