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Basic Lighting Tutorial
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Long tutorial is long. Again @_@... I have got to stop making such long tutorials. Originally it was even longer before I increased the width of the whole thing. >_>

Anyway, my basic Lighting Tutorial! This is for all of you who have trouble with lighting and how to apply it correctly in your works. This is how I got to understand it so don't take me for a pro or anything, though, but hopefully, it'll be somewhat helpful.

All photos in it are © me so no ripping, please.

Special thanks go to Brad and Nysha for letting me use some of their works. <3
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Abbyss's avatar
Abbyss| Digital Artist
Out of all the lighting tutorials I looked at today, this has been the most helpful. Thank you!
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Alenas|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad it helped! :D
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SmickArtsEdited |Student Digital Artist
Thank you for the tutorial. It's really helping. I do have a question about workflow. I'm currently working on a character of mine and applied the base colors on her. At this point i didn't really know what kind of light i should use on her, but after reading your tutorial and looking carefully at the images it has to be backlight for the character in question in this composition. Now should i do the shadows and highlights on the character first or should i go for a background to 'see' the light i want on her? There is also an issue about reflecting light on water surfaces, because i instantly got the idea of her floating above a lake, but first i need your advice on where i should go after the base color stage.
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Alenas|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, when I work on my stuff, I usually always do the background first, including the lighting so I could get a better idea how other things in the foreground should look like. Then I apply stuff on characters accordingly and add finishing touches and adjustments on everything once done with both to make them blend in with each other even better. 

Thanks, glad to hear you find it helpful! xD
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SmickArts|Student Digital Artist
Here it is thanks to your tutorial. I hope you like it: OC: Helene Angelique final
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Alenas|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh, nice! Looks really good! Glad my tutorial helped! xD
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Valronic|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Saving this, because its so deep I fell in.
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Alenas|Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL, I'm glad? xD

Either way, I hope it helps!
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Thanks for the useful tutorial! It's very helpful :)
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Alenas|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear that, thanks! :)
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Teurboa|Hobbyist General Artist
I can't tell you how amazingly useful this is!
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Alenas|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you think so, hope it comes in handy! xD
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Aerite|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the tutorial. It's very helpful. :D
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Alenas|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear that! :)
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Horse-Paint-Designs's avatar
Wow, this is really helpful. Thank you very much I am a dummy! 
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Alenas|Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome, glad it can help you~
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graiionn|Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!!!
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Alenas|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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Showlover|Hobbyist General Artist
it is really hard for me to understand the multiple light sources part
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Alenas|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, dunno how else to explain it better, lol. You can try putting an object between the light of the laptop and a lit candle at night and observe how the dual lighting plays on the object.
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SomniumFox|Student Digital Artist
Looking at this tutorial is just amazing
I just hope i can use some of these tips( ´ ー `)
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Alenas|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, thanks! Hope it comes in handy!
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Hyenax|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very useful and interesting :) Thanks!
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Alenas|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad it's helpful! :)
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