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Create an Abstract Composed Scenery
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If you wanna create something interesting, you can have a try to create a composed scenery. Any objects can be composed and turned to be an artwork.
If you are stuck with background creation for your image, you can try simple colorful lighting for your image background. This lighting are created with transformed fire and simple colors. You can transform the fire and color into a shape to suit for your image.
Lots of pictures only have one or two color for their background to match with the main object color. If you think the your design for the background is too monotony, you can make the background as colorful as possible like this.
Here’s a little Photoshop guide to mimic the 300 style. The effects could also be applied to video in After Effects with a similar setup. Obviously there was a lot more in the compositing of each scene in 300, but I think this presents the basic elements. You can see the layering in an actual 300 shot on this page of the VFX article in this tutorial.
If you would like to design some nice cartoon style for your friends, you can directly turn it into using a personal picture. The transformation just needs some simple lighting and coloring adjustment using Photoshop.