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PostSubject: Shade Like a Monkey   Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:24 pm

I made this tutorial because, as far as I know, I skin shade in ways that are pretty different from everyone else’s methods. Feel free to share any edits you make using this method here! ^_^

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**For both the dodge and burn tool I would recommend staying at around 6-10% Exposure**

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Step 1: Light Source
The most important thing is to identify your light source in the picture. Does it come from somewhere in the picture or not? In this screenshot, the light comes from the lighthouse, which is behind my model. However, there is also a bit of light facing directly at the model. (Usually, night shots are easiest to identify where the light is coming from)

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Step 2: Dodge
Once you have identified your light source, take your dodge tool and go over the areas on your model where the light will be directly hitting. In my case, the light will be cast on her left (our right) side most directly. I also did some highlighting on right side, as it still will be illuminated, and her chest and abdomen to define them a little more. I tend to set the dodge tool too “Highlight” for skin-shading, but it’s just about preference.

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Step 3: Keep on Trucking
Continue going over the areas that the light will be hitting and any areas that you want to be defined.

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Step 4: Face
Normally, for the face it’s best to draw attention to the features. Highlight anything that needs to be defined, remembering to keep in mind the light source. In this case, the left side of her face will be brighter than the rest of it.

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Step 5: Burn
For shading, you’ll need to use the burn tool. This is where you go over the areas that will not be in direct light, or the areas that are blocked from light. You should also use it to further define the areas you highlighted. Basically, you do what you did for highlighting but now in shaded areas. For example, my model’s right leg is father away from the light, and will therefore be more shadowed.

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Step 6: Fine Details
Don’t be afraid to zoom in to specific parts of your model and really define the features. Especially during sunset or night photos, the shadows and highlights will be exaggerated due to the contrast of light and dark. (My picture is zoomed out so you can see the results)

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Final
Now you’re done! You can do whatever else you want with your picture. Maybe you’ll even use dodge and burn to detail other parts of your picture; I do because I’m too lazy to properly shadow. If you need quick definition or have trouble with the mess that can be created by other skin shading (when you blur and it goes everywhere) then this method will work like a charm. (Normally, it takes me 5 to 10 minutes to skin shade depending on how drastic the lighting is)

Some other examples:
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PostSubject: Re: Shade Like a Monkey   Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:30 pm

I usually dodge/burn the hair, but not the skin. I'll have to try this method out
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PostSubject: Re: Shade Like a Monkey   Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:31 pm

I do both, since I'm too lazy to actually do the proper ways of skin shading XD
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PostSubject: Re: Shade Like a Monkey   Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:57 pm

this is great!! going to try it with the same pic you did
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PostSubject: Re: Shade Like a Monkey   Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:00 pm

Please share when you're done ^_^
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PostSubject: Re: Shade Like a Monkey   Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:14 pm

here it is , it dosnt look as perfect as yours lol but i did my best
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PostSubject: Re: Shade Like a Monkey   Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:18 pm

Actually, it looks awesome Rey!
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PostSubject: Re: Shade Like a Monkey   Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:21 pm

thanks!! ;)
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PostSubject: Re: Shade Like a Monkey   Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:34 am

What a simple yet effective technique you have Monks! I will have to try it out sometime .

ps - the title made me laugh :D
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PostSubject: Re: Shade Like a Monkey   Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:38 am

Yay! I must try this out! I fail at skin shading, it's just one of those things I can't do. Hopefully this tut will help me get better
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PostSubject: Re: Shade Like a Monkey   Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:52 pm

i always do it the other way with the brush, never really thought of using dodge/burn tools. thanks for this tut, I'll post the results later
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PostSubject: Re: Shade Like a Monkey   Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:39 pm

Nutty, thanks! I thought the title was a nice touch
Starling, same with me ^_^. That's why I gave up on shading the other way. (I am also very lazy :P )
Gim, can't wait to see
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PostSubject: Re: Shade Like a Monkey   Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:10 pm

When I'm feeling like actually skin shading (i never do) i tend to do this as well :D
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PostSubject: Re: Shade Like a Monkey   Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:17 pm

Huzah! I thought I was the only one ::
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PostSubject: Re: Shade Like a Monkey   Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:33 pm

It's the way I shade as well ;)

Dodge and burn ftw! <333
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PostSubject: Re: Shade Like a Monkey   Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:34 pm

:^o^:
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PostSubject: Re: Shade Like a Monkey   Sun Apr 08, 2012 7:15 am

:0 I shall be trying this!! Thank you Monkey <333 xP I need to wait until get back home, though :/
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PostSubject: Re: Shade Like a Monkey   Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:50 am

Glad you liked it Shay! I like it because it only takes me like a minute to do :D
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PostSubject: Re: Shade Like a Monkey   Mon Apr 09, 2012 4:42 am

i love it Monks
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PostSubject: Re: Shade Like a Monkey   Mon Apr 09, 2012 6:30 am

That looks awesome Alex! My only critique is that the shadow at her feet is a little odd and should be spreading out to her right instead. Other than that, this looks pretty darn good
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PostSubject: Re: Shade Like a Monkey   Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:44 pm

Monks wrote:
That looks awesome Alex! My only critique is that the shadow at her feet is a little odd and should be spreading out to her right instead. Other than that, this looks pretty darn good

Yeah i know i noticed that after i posted the assignment lol but anyway thanks :: will make sure on the next assignment ;) you should host a competition you'r a great editor!!
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PostSubject: Re: Shade Like a Monkey   Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:52 pm

I tried it once, and a ton of people dropped out. I've got a bunch of ideas...so I may open one up after spring sports end
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PostSubject: Re: Shade Like a Monkey   Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:36 pm

cool!!
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PostSubject: Re: Shade Like a Monkey   Sat Apr 14, 2012 8:55 pm

j i l l i e<3 wrote:
It's the way I shade as well ;)

Dodge and burn ftw! <333


Hehehe Jillie <3


I've been a fan of it since you showed me. I just think it brings out better detail then smudging it on with a brush then blurring it. I'm much more fond of this.


Though I do do my way of burning/Dodging differently then you do Monks. I love how yours comes with the same result with much less steps then what I do lol
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Just a wee example result on how I do mine.
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PostSubject: Re: Shade Like a Monkey   Sat Apr 14, 2012 11:18 pm

:O I love that Smirk. Yours is so much more detailed and intense than mine. Gorgeous <3
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