Sketches, Composition and Initial Design

The composition of “Team 2012” is based on a composition from a tutorial article from Advanced Photoshop magazine, issue 89 where the author shows how to compose a spacescape showing a snowy sci-fi environment. The idea was to create a convincing planet look. One of the major characteristics which helps this feeling come to life is the subtle rotation of the terrain which greatly emphasize that the scene takes place on a planet. More after all of the figures and items were rotated accordingly (-10 radius) to fit in the scene. Levels were used to make the scene darker and also another technique which I use almost everywhere is duplicating a layer and putting it to overlay which increases the contrast in a natural way and gives it a HDR look. The clouds were distorted slightly with the Warp transform tool to bring more of a planet feel:

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