Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Detailing the compact with highlights and shadows, part of Creating Commercial Illustrations.
- Now we need some shading and all kinds of things to make this thing come to life. So what's going to happen now is I'm going to go in here and first create the shadow inside here. Now the way this is going to be done is I'm going to go in and actually create a path for it. I'm going to go in here and follow the line right there and then come down, come all the way down to here and across and down to here. So this is going to have a little bit of an angle to it.
Then across, following the angle here, and we can adjust these afterwards. There and across, and we're going to come over and across and here we can just kind of bring this guy over a little more and up and over and close 'em. There, that's going to be our basic shadow look. Now, I'm going to go in there and modify this, just so we have it right. I'm going to make sure all our angles are following the way they should.
So we get our direct select tool. So I can go in there, and I'm going to nudge these with the cursor keys, just so that they're nice and easily done. Let's just move this guy. That's a good curve. That's good. Let's give this guy a slight curve. There we go. And that's going, that's going down, that's good. Everything's good. All right, so now I'm going to go in there and right on top here and call it inside shadow. I'm going to fill it with black.
There and I go to my Paths, save that path, and go ahead and fill it with black. There it is. Now I'm going to bring down the opacity for it considerably. So I got that. I'm going to bring down the opacity for it, just so I can see inside there. There it is, just like that. So now I'm going to go in there and mask it. So, I could do one of these things. This is easy. I'm going to start right from this corner and go right to that edge, right there, and come across, over and right there and give it a mask.
I have something selected, so it's going to mask it inside there. See, just like that. So we created this nice little effect right in there. Now, for this guy in here, he needs a little shadow of his own. So what I'm going to do, and that is that inside lip, I'm going to go in here to select straight across, right in there like that, and create its own little shadow. So who is that guy? This guy is right here. There's a side ledge copy.
So, right on top of him I'll fill that with black and bring the opacity down considerably for that one, because that's really just a reflection of the shadow in there, and I can erase parts I don't want, like right in here. So when we pull back, we see that now we have this nice little shadow inside, that's from here. Now, we're going to add some shading to this right here. We'll go in there with our dodge and burn tools, and I'm going to get my burn tool, and we'll add a little kind of a shadow right along this edge.
Now we can actually do that even easier by just taking the makeup and giving it a Drop Shadow and have the light coming. Let's make sure there's no other layer styles. So we have the light coming from this direction, and we give it a little distance. See, look at that. There's that little highlight. Let's go in there, and let's make this about 4, and we'll bring this to about a 3. So we've got this little dark edge, right along that edge, right in there, see it? There it is. We can make it really strong. There it is, but we don't want it that strong.
We just want this little hint, so that you just get the feeling that's a little well in there. So we're going to give it a little shadow. So I want to select that well, the well itself. There's the well, and I'm going to give it a little shadow. So we get our little burn tool, and we bring it up, and we'll throw a little extra shadow in there. Maybe one there, and we'll give it a little highlight right at this corner. So we just give it a little highlight. So it's just picking up a little light from somewhere, where we got our little light source from somewhere, okay? The same thing for this guy. We'll go in there, and we'll just kind of do a couple little shades here and there and a little highlight, just to start giving it a little more life, like that, just like that, the inside, and we can do a few to this.
We'll go in there and throw a couple highlights, going across, just to start giving this the feel that these materials that are being affected by light inside there, see it? Same thing's going to happen to this wall back here. We can go in there and just kind of give it a little tone, just back there like that, so it starts to have some life. We'll do some in here. Add a couple of little shadows in there. Give it a little shadow along the bottom, a little highlight going through there, a little shadow and maybe a little highlight, right in here.
And we can see where it's all starting to fall into place. We picked this guy right up here, and we'll give it a little shadow, right in there, because it's underneath there and underneath there. So let's just get that, and we could possibly give it another little shadow right through there, and you're starting to see how this is coming to life. Now, in the next and final movie, what we'll do is actually put this in position somewhere. Right now it's just floating in space. So in the next movie, what we'll do is actually give it a shadow on the base, so this thing will really look like it's sitting in a place.
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