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Lesson 3 - Gradients and Lighting
Added on: Mon Oct 09 2000
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Most important with this tutorial was to show how you can use the Water tool to create smooth and graduate shading. There are, as already quoted, several ways to achieve this but using the Water tool is to my knowlegde the fastes technique. In this tutorial we have used the Airbrush to block out the main colors, but any tool will do really. You can even use the Water tool on Pencils and end up with the same result as with the Airbrush.

The apple colorized in Photoshop.

When using the Water tool, this will be your typical way of working :
    1. Sketch
    2. Block out main colors with a big brush.
    3. "Just add water" to have a smooth gradient
    4. Use Airbrush to refine color. Is it too bright/dark in some places? The add water makes thing a bit flat.
    5. Final smoothing with Just add water.
    6. Details with Dodge/Burn and Airbrush.
    7. Highlights with Dodge and the Airbrush.

This lesson has been an introduction to the Water tool. In the next lesson We will use the Water tool in an image with colors.
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