Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Establishing a light source, part of Artistic Concepts in Photoshop and Illustrator 1.
Establishing the light source is very important when you are compositing two …objects together. Because that will determine how the …shadow of the new objects is going to fall and relate to the other objects in …the scene. So we have here just a train platform and …we're adding another object, a simple little cylinder. …But right now, you can see that, that cylinder is just sitting there. …It has a shadow on its side here, but where is the shadow that it's casting? …There are some strong shadows throughout the scene. …Those are going to help us determine where the light source is.…
What I do, is I'm goin' to create another layer here, which I'm goin' to make my …guide with, and I'm going to get a nice, bright color, that's going to make it …easier to see my lines. So I'm going to pick a color like red, …which is going to stand out, and I get my line tool, get my line tool, and I'll …have it set to, let's say, five pixels. So now where is light source? …We see that the train back here is casting a shadow, and it's straight across. …
- Understanding the vanishing point
- Establishing a light source
- Creating shadows on surfaces
- Creating reflections
- Aligning layers to add and remove objects