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Hello and Welcome to the tip tutorial on Shading a Gem.
In this tutorial we go through the steps on shading a gem to show how easy a material such as this can be to create! This can be done with any color that matches the gem’s properties but for this, we are using an amber/honey color. The steps would be similar when using other colors, just remember to bend your colors toward the light. Want some more help looking at color? Check out the getting started section on Color Basics.
Here is the step by step chart on shading a gem correctly. Just keep these tips in mind.
- Think about the direction of the lighting.
- Change the hardness of your brush to blend as you see fit.
- Let the light permeate the surface, but still remember the reflective property of the surface as well.
- The saturation in the shadow should be less saturated than the color in the gem.