that's true Otis, I just wanted to make excuses for myself, incase my tutorial turned out to be rubbish! TUTORIAL 1. [image=http://dukdog.freeservers.com/step-by-step_h.jpg] http://dukdog.freeservers.com/step-by-step_h.jpg Okay, I always work on multiple layers, to keep it flexible and future proof... other than that, everything was done using the airbrush tool at various opacities, and set to pressure sensitive size. Oh, I use a wacom tablet and pen! Impossible to do that sort of thing with a mouse i think... 1. I started off by sketching the layout i wanted in a dark blue. (don't ask me why blue... i always use that!) And then i set that layer to multiply, which effectively makes the white background transparent. 2. I then painted a general, but heavy wash of colour in a layer beneath this, green for the land, orange for the sky, v. dark green and flesh tones for corran, and bone white for shedao shai. Above the sketch lines, i painted the lightsaber blade. Also, the colours were all very dark and in shadow at this point. Then, (clever part!) I copied the colour layer, placed it above the 'lines' layer, and set it to 'colour'. I merged the two, and set the single resulting layer back to 'muliply'. This then had the effect of giving my sketch lines more similar colours to the layer below. I then duplicated the file and flattened it. (saving the old one just in case). To tone down the sketch lines some more, i used i think the 'median' filter from the noise menu. This gave me my base for painting on. 3&4. The first thing i did was to put a wash of red over the whole picture - i can't rememeber which layer setting worked best, it usually changes depending on the situation anyway. Then I just started working in the details, using various sizes of brushes... 5. At some point i decided another wash of red would be a good idea, and then finally some more detail. All in all it didn't take very long to do, perhaps about 2-3 hours all told.