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Old 01-15-2009, 08:17 AM
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Re: techniques to create highlight and shadow on f

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On the subject of books this one has been recommended on many occasions "Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies - Lee Varis"
That book isn't worth the money, OK maybe if you need good info about skin colour and calibration stuff, but about skin retouching like smoothing or depth nah, not that interesting (he blurs skin). That is my personal opinion about it.
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Old 01-15-2009, 12:11 PM
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Re: techniques to create highlight and shadow on f

Scratch that recommendation, I have just downloaded the free chapter and see what you mean.
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Old 01-15-2009, 02:21 PM
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Re: techniques to create highlight and shadow on f

What Mark said. You don't have to be an expert in drawing, but a good understanding of how to draw is important. It's the most basic skill that all artists should know.

Here's something that I've learned many years ago in school that has become very useful nowadays. It's sort of a backward approach to drawing. All you do is draw lights to form the shapes/impressions of your subject. It's all about shading as opposed to contour drawing. Start with a piece a black or gray paper and a white pencil, white crayon, or white chalk. It's great if you have a live model. If not, use a mannequin, or a doll. You can even setup a still life with objects found around the house. Use a directional light source (spotlight or window) and make that the only light source if you can. Now start shading in areas where lights hit on your subject to form what you see in front of you. It's a great exercise to understand how lights and shadows work and also translates well with dodging and burning in Photoshop. The end result actually looks somewhat like D&B on a 50% gray layer.
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Re: techniques to create highlight and shadow on f

Yes, if you can VISUALISE where the existing light in a shot is coming from - main source, fills/and ambient light and reflectors. Get a feeling for it. Experience, and actually visiting a studio helps here. As Pixel monkey has said, try to think in sculptural terms instead of just a 2d surface. drawing doesn't have to be about lines, its about tone too and how much tone is needed to make the point. Look at Andrew Loomis I linked to

And try to visualise how a tonal change will look BEFORE you make it. What does the image look like it needs? remembering some kind of realism is always the key, and producing flat, illustrated dolls is not. Or really shouldn't be I should say.

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Old 01-16-2009, 01:48 PM
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Re: techniques to create highlight and shadow on f

Once you set up the shortcuts this is very fast and effective to both create shadow/highlights and tone down shadow/highlights. The example is a mild version but you can use it to get the same effect in your example. Try different layer modes and opacities. I use it on most images.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=23345725
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Old 01-16-2009, 02:49 PM
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Re: techniques to create highlight and shadow on f

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Thanks for the detailed reply. I looked at your deviant site, and am wondering if you can share how you did this one?

http://ruud92.deviantart.com/art/Fall-Beauty-107042524
Excellent work Ruud... nice to see some handcrafting

Sry for highjacking.
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Old 01-17-2009, 06:45 AM
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Excellent work Ruud... nice to see some handcrafting

Sry for highjacking.
Thank you Flice!
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Old 01-25-2009, 01:41 PM
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This may help too. (see attachment)
Very useful thank you.
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