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Exercise 26 Results: Shading Gems Step by Step by ConceptCookie Exercise 26 Results: Shading Gems Step by Step by ConceptCookie

The Full Results Update and Brush Download HERE.  

This exercise was a true gem! Below is a step by step on how I created each of the gemstones from the exercise practice sheet. I broke it down into each significant step on what was included or added:

  1. Outline - Begin with the shape of each gem, do research if you're looking for a specific cut! Try to do this on a separate layer to hide in step 4.
  2. Solid Base - Choose a color and try working in a darker value shade of that hue.
  3. Color Variants - This is when we start to create the illusion of faceting, when each "plane" of a gem will catch the light and reflect it at a slightly different value of that same hue. Think about where the light source is coming from as well.
  4. Remove Outlines and Add Gradients - This will give the gem a solid foundation from here to detail further! Subtle gradients will add that extra touch of realism.
  5. Sharp Angles Brush - The intense sharp angles that are seen in gems can be recreated with an angles brush set to overlay or multiply. You can download our brush HERE.
  6. Highlights - Work along the edges of the different facets and this will give the gem a sense of realism along with separating the planes from one another.
  7. Detailing and Polishing - Add any final detail and "polishing" to give your gem an extra something to make it stand out. I also like working in the shadows and pop in some color.
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Honeebunny Featured By Owner 1 hour ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for this, it helped me figure out why some gems i were coloring didn't look right! :3
tunngart Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
Thanks for the helpful knowledge!
Rune-Sorceress Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool tutorial. Some of the more advanced ones look so professional in outline already. Envious of the skill!
ruamsa144 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
It looks so realistic! O.O
Neruvous Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
I need surpass to 6 and 7 level Blankface Workout 
Thank you very much for post 
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DannexReloadex Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow is great!!
Ryfaku Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
can i download it?
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You sure can! Visit… ! the .psd file is on the page!
MasterVule Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have download button at right. Click it and you will get the full resolution picture. After that just right click at it and select save as and save it
infinityfractals Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
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