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But then inspiration hit and the weird started making sense if I looked at it like a watercolor painting. With that in mind I finally had the connections that made the process work. I even added watercolor paper texture to the process and things started looking really good. The result is a digital watercolor process that involved about four hours of building a custom HDR color correction setting which happens after a 12-step color correction process involving Levels, Curves, and a few other things depending on the image. Even after all of that, the image needs merged with the hi-res watercolor paper texture, then final subtle color corrections are made. And then finally, the last step which I will label as "magic". Us artists have to keep some things secret.
I'm anxious to try this process on a real world landscape and see how it works.
In the meantime, enjoy the new Wallpapers!