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Gradient Tutorial by damie-m Gradient Tutorial by damie-m
Made this because I feel it's one of the biggest steps that a lot of artists seem to miss. Hopefully it's of use to someone!

Obviously if you have other questions that aren't answered in this tutorial, just let me know :)

D'oh, thanks for the DD guys :D
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Given 2010-11-24
Gradient Tutorial by *nanya -- Suggester's words: I can make gradients on a blank slate in Photoshop Elements, but making gradients on a subject has been another matter completely. This explains how to do so in minute detail. Excellent information that can be used even by beginners starting to explore the intricacies of digital art. ( Suggested by WDWParksGal and Featured by FantasyStock )
Yookiju Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very good, thank you :)
BlueDraconicKnight Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice and simple, a good lesseon for just about everyone.
Uneleja Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
I wonder how gradient works in multiple light souces or very luminous set. Can you suggest some atworks as exampels for differents in gradient workings in well lit or dark environment?
clipping-path-BD Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
nice drawing and here detail is wonderful and helpful for all.thanks for sharing ....!!!
norbyscook Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
best help I have got
pampd Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial! :heart:
Nocturnaliss Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014   Writer
It's so obvious it makes me wonder how/why I never thought about this, as I've always struggled with understanding the impact of light on artwork. Thank you so much for sharing this :heart: 
Makaylafashion Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I knew that gradients were useful because I saw them being used in a speed paint I was watching, but I never figured out how to properly use them in my art. This really cleared things up for me!
MysteriMaan Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
hole ee crap.
I did not know this.
simlatte Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Someone had to say it! Gradients are so useful!
Charlene-Art Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tips!
reikohattori Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow thank you for this! I never thought about painting this way and I think I'm definitely going to give this a try :D
WingedWilly Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
freaky amazing tut thanks :D
Kjesta Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Student General Artist
This is such an important subject! I didn't really know anything about rendering, values, edge control etc until my design class in animation school started. Wow, did that drive it home. We were drilled on "organize your values, keep the gradients moving you around the picture, stack your values within the gradients". Rinse and repeat.

I'm still a long shot from having mastered these skills, but tutorials like these are really good refreshers and clarify so many questions that come up later. Thanks a lot for this, it's a great learning tool! Certainly deserved its DD.
pamuraidono Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for making this! :)
Gabpiano Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really handy!! :D
AguaRush11 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really really smart!
LFBeta16 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012   General Artist
This helped me with this pic. [link]
Though it's not realistic, nor detailed. ^^;
acaidia Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! I'll be going back to this often c:
lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic! I'm constantly wondering how to make this sort of "work." Then I always end up reverting back to flat shading. Thank you for this. :)
HEYLOOKATREELMFAO Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I really needed this. Thank you ; u ;
ladyofdragons Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
Ahhhh, I needed to learn this! Thank you!
Omikami-Sama Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful and easy to understand. Thanks for this!
wadifahtook Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Very helpful, and also very well laid out for ease of understanding. Thanks! :)
hinchen Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
amazing. thank you for this!!
Smophos Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
TaintedAndWinged208 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow I have never thought of using gradient this way :) Thank you for this!
Reluin Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Awesome, thanks for the reminder about this step. :D
SteelbellATR Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
melsr007 Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Hobbyist
Nice :-)
athenapallas87 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really thank you for putting this up! I would love to see more tutorials on basics, that I often feel get left out in favor of specific tutorials for things like hair/eyes. =D
Ludjia Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Whoooooa I just rediscovered this. Should keep in mind oh yes.
arphaus Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! Thank you :)
redchinese Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Student General Artist
this is incredibly helpful!
thank you :D
Endflux Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice tutorial, sometimes what it takes is someone to tell you even if it's really obvious (ment in a good way)
White-Dragon-Fang Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, I do a lot of the multiple highlights thing so I shall work on that. xD
leafwhisper Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
Fantastic tutorial! So informative and helpful and best of all, it doesn't go on for miles and miles :lol:

As a total moron when it comes to figuring out lighting, I'll be referring back to this often! Very worthy of a DD ;)
trofdugweed Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Student Filmographer
awesome tutorial, cheers. real eye opener.
VlKlNGEN Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really nice tutorial helped my alot at some point ;D your art is pretty cool too
VlKlNGEN Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really nice tutorial helped my alot at some point ;D your art is pretty cool too
InfinityinaGlance Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
This is exactly the kind of help I've been looking for. :worship:
FantasyStock Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
:heart: This deviation has been featured in my article, "November 2010 Resources DDs." Thanks for sharing your fabulous work in dA's Resources gallery!
KuraiOujou Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Very wonderful tutorial! This is just another step closer to becoming a good artist ;D

Thanks for making~ Congratulations on the DD, it's well deserved :]
JoeWillsArt Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional Artist
Definitely useful, THANKS FOR POSTING!!!
MorgantheKeaton Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Very nice tutorial!
Failure-chan Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
oAo may I ask what program you used for this?
damie-m Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
Photoshop :)
HonG-t Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice. Thorough and easy to understand. Great concept, too
griffsnuff Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow i Did not know about this at all! :dummy: YAY thanks for sharing!
bread-doh Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Hmm... maybe if one too lazy to use (vector)gradient tool, one can just.. use the soft brushes like airbrush? :giggle:

otherwise, its a nice tut, that solved many's problem, specially on lighting! :clap: you deserved the DD.
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