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Fundamentals: Value Shading Demo by CGCookie Fundamentals: Value Shading Demo by CGCookie
Just starting out in digital painting? Check out our new Fundamental tutorials, starting with Value Shading with exercise sheets: [link]
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Thanks so much for this ^__^
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TFPlainside Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student General Artist
added to my tutorials that I've found on DA :D!
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bambii7 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Great tutorials thank you! I've been meaning to go through and try them.
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CGCookie Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hope they help you out!
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1510-december Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
its really Helpful , thn u soo much for sharing these.. :)
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CGCookie Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for checking them out!
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Alwaheibi Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is this step work to paint color .. using same process white for light black grey for shades 
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CGCookie Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You should avoid using just whites and black shades for lighting and shadows. Try bending your hues towards yellow for lighting and purple for shadows. 
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Alwaheibi Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 , am practicing this techniques i used to put black for shadows and white for lights i always see my painting has no life ,, am now studying color wheels and colors i hope this will make different .. i am really exited to paint like other artists i know it's not going to be easy or one step .. 
i will try my best ,, thank you very much ,,  
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CGCookie Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
If you want some more help with color balancing with lights and shadows here are a few tuts that may help!


Lighting Direction Exercise: cgcookie.com/concept/2013/09/1…
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PANDAmoniumKISS Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
super helpful! thank you
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this-sunday-morning Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for doing this tut! Really helpful indeed :)
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andaerz Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013   Digital Artist
You must keep in mind that the drop shadow does not reflect as much light as the ground around it, so parts of the objects should not be quite as brightly lit as they are shown here. :) But well what do I know, I'm just an amateur...
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sketchy208 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
great reference! thank you!
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Lulie Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What material are the spheres imagined to be made of? I ask because the specular highlight is a bit hard to work out. It kind of looks like it has both pinpoint and diffuse specular highlights -- does that happen much in life? I would have thought not, unless the object is shiny and also reflecting the 'halo' around the lightsource. But this looks pretty diffuse rather than shiny.

The only way I can think that might make a light pattern like that is if the light source is quite close (and large), so the fall-off from distance is a stronger factor than the inclination of the plane to the light, and there'd have to be a load of ambient light. Fall-off from turning form isn't as linear as you have it here (see also figures 2 and 3 here).

Whichever way you slice it, the specular highlight is in the wrong place. (At least, I can't think of how I could light a ball such that it would make that shading with that specular highlight.) The short reason is that specular highlights are almost never in the area of full light -- they're slightly to the side, closer to us. The longer explanation is 'angle of incidence = angle of reflectance' -- in other words, specular highlights happen when the angle of the light hitting the sphere and the angle of it bouncing into your eye are the same. Figure 1 goes into more detail. Here, it looks like the light is about 60˚ up and maybe 45˚ to camera left... I did a quick plan sketch to check the angles and it seems to fit with my photographer's instinct.

Given both the specular highlight and the fall-off thing aren't quite right, maybe you're using one of the traditional methods (like Loomis)? They get it a little wrong. See figure 2.3 here for a more detailed explanation about why they're incorrect. (Also, the next page has a fun interactive diagram that shows where the specular would be for a given light direction.)


(Sorry this comment was a bit overly technical-babble-y -- I prefer to avoid using technical words, but sometimes nothing else is precise enough without being super wordy.)
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Dawnsknight Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is absolutely awesome!
thank you so much for posting this!
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CGCookie Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You are most welcome!
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DigitalDreams-Art Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much :)
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petiteUlis Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Some parts made more sense after the video. Thanks for sharing all these tutorials !
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CGCookie Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad this could help!
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ArtStude3n2 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Faving for future reference. :)
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CGCookie Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hope this will help you in the future ;)
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anamruskire Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for sharing this :)
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Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   General Artist
For the starting out artist, this works awesome keep up the art techniques tutorials. :)
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CGCookie Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Will do!
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ShadowsKiss Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   Digital Artist
I wish I understood values better ._. even with all the tutorials out there it makes no sense to me. My brain just doesn't comprehend where the light should and shouldn't touch. I think I just need to take a few life art classes
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CGCookie Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Life Drawing classes were my favorite in school!
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LeonardVindelStudios Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :manhug:
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BlueBell06 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ty this was really helpfull
Like the little bit light in the shade area:P
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CGCookie Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Bounce lighting is such an awesome area that many can forget, but it's one of my favorites to add in!
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