Trying to make this have a photo-realistic appearance but put out a happier feeling than just looking at a cup of joe sitting on a table in real life.
Post processed image done in Paint.NET:
“Naked” (no post processing) image:
I used Oliver Villar’s tutorial on how to make a cup of coffee, but I’m trying to change as much as possible to make it more original. I’d like to make the steam look better somehow. Also I might try to add a newspaper sitting under the cup to hide some of the seams in the background.