956 MB | Software used: Adobe Photoshop
Welcome to Ambient Light, the first class in this three-part series, Understanding Color & Light. This first class covers how light works and explores skilled ways for achieving the real appearance of light in illustration.
The skills in this class will allow you to render light from your imagination and capture realism. Once you’ve explored, understood, practiced, and applied these skills, you will have a huge advantage over those who depend exclusively on photo references.
Whether you’re looking to expand your existing work in digital illustration, or you’ve never considered Photoshop for illustration and are just feeling inspired, this series is perfect for taking your work to that next level.
Throughout this three-part series, we’ll cover everything you need to know to add value, color, and light to your scenes and cartoon character designs using Photoshop. By the end, you’ll feel not only comfortable with Photoshop’s techniques and tools, but also excited by their many possibilities. We will start with a simple monochrome scene, using just one simple light source. As we move forward, we’ll add different light sources, colors, and materials. Our final scene will include various materials that each reflect light differently.
Also see: Understanding Color & Light II: Color & Understanding Color & Light III: Direct & Reflected Light