Digital Art Lighting Basics: Expert Advice, Made Easy

Digital Art Lighting Basics: Expert Advice, Made Easy


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Digital Art Lighting Basics will give you a great start on your way to mastering the techniques of lighting in your digital art. With great advice on the theory of light and how it works in art, and tips and tricks to be used in Photoshop and other software this handy guide will give beginners a head start with their lighting effects. With a list of useful plugins and brushes, and the best ways to use them, some of the more intermediate techniques are made easy. This handy book has step-by-step guides and clear, practical text to give a beginner everything they will need to know to enhance the lighting in their artwork.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783613939
Publisher: Flame Tree Publishing
Publication date: 04/13/2015
Series: Everyday Guides Made Easy
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Rob Carney launched the digital arts magazine ImagineFX, which is today the number one selling creative magazine in the world. He edited the title from 2005 to 2008, moving on to edit the leading graphic design magazine, Computer Arts. He is now a freelance editor and journalist with over 14 years’ experience of working on consumer magazines and websites. He has extensive knowledge of creative software and the design industry.

Paul Tysall  Former ImagineFX magazine art editor and now freelance commercial artist and graphic designer Tysall has extensive knowledge of various digital art tools – from apps through to hardware, and has written for several publications including Computer Arts and ImagineFX magazine. His illustration has graced many printed pages and yet he still maintains a healthy balance of design work as a freelance Art Director, focused in his passion for outstanding editorial.

Table of Contents

Foreword 5

Introduction 5

All About Light: Discover what light is, the different kinds of light and how it behaves in the real world 8

Applying Light: Apply realistic lighting in image creation: terms, concepts, and their practical application 24

Introducing the Software: In this chapter, we explore the best digital painting and 3D applications, looking at their overall feature sets and the specific options for adding lighting effects 40

Core Lighting Skills: This chapter focuses on invaluable step-by-step software techniques for lighting 66

A World of Plug-Ins: Here, we look at some of the most popular lighting plug-ins for Photoshop and compatible image-editing software and how they can be used to add effects to your work 88

The Right Hardware: Essential kit for making great art - from Macs vs PCs, to graphics tablets and cameras 104

Useful Website and Further Reading 126

Index 127

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