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Basic Lighting Tutorial by Alenas Basic Lighting Tutorial by Alenas
Long tutorial is long. Again @_@... I have got to stop making such long tutorials. Originally it was even longer before I increased the width of the whole thing. >_>

Anyway, my basic Lighting Tutorial! This is for all of you who have trouble with lighting and how to apply it correctly in your works. This is how I got to understand it so don't take me for a pro or anything, though, but hopefully, it'll be somewhat helpful.

All photos in it are © me so no ripping, please.

Special thanks go to Brad and Nysha for letting me use some of their works. <3
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Basic Lighting Tutorial by ~Alenas Has to be one of the most comprehensive and well explained lighting guides I've seen for a long time! ( Featured by Elandria )
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Abbyss Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016   Digital Artist
Out of all the lighting tutorials I looked at today, this has been the most helpful. Thank you!
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Alenas Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad it helped! :D
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SmickArts Featured By Owner Edited Feb 26, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for the tutorial. It's really helping. I do have a question about workflow. I'm currently working on a character of mine and applied the base colors on her. At this point i didn't really know what kind of light i should use on her, but after reading your tutorial and looking carefully at the images it has to be backlight for the character in question in this composition. Now should i do the shadows and highlights on the character first or should i go for a background to 'see' the light i want on her? There is also an issue about reflecting light on water surfaces, because i instantly got the idea of her floating above a lake, but first i need your advice on where i should go after the base color stage.
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Alenas Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, when I work on my stuff, I usually always do the background first, including the lighting so I could get a better idea how other things in the foreground should look like. Then I apply stuff on characters accordingly and add finishing touches and adjustments on everything once done with both to make them blend in with each other even better. 

Thanks, glad to hear you find it helpful! xD
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SmickArts Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Here it is thanks to your tutorial. I hope you like it: OC: Helene Angelique final
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Alenas Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh, nice! Looks really good! Glad my tutorial helped! xD
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Valronic Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Saving this, because its so deep I fell in.
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Alenas Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL, I'm glad? xD

Either way, I hope it helps!
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Turquoise-luck Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015
Thanks for the useful tutorial! It's very helpful :)
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:iconalenas:
Alenas Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear that, thanks! :)
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Teurboa Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't tell you how amazingly useful this is!
wonderful
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Alenas Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you think so, hope it comes in handy! xD
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Aerite Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the tutorial. It's very helpful. :D
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Alenas Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear that! :)
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Horse-Paint-Designs Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015
Wow, this is really helpful. Thank you very much I am a dummy! 
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Alenas Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome, glad it can help you~
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graiionn Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!!!
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Alenas Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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Showlover Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
it is really hard for me to understand the multiple light sources part
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Alenas Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, dunno how else to explain it better, lol. You can try putting an object between the light of the laptop and a lit candle at night and observe how the dual lighting plays on the object.
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SomniumFox Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Looking at this tutorial is just amazing
I just hope i can use some of these tips( ´ ー `)
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Alenas Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, thanks! Hope it comes in handy!
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Hyenax Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very useful and interesting :) Thanks!
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Alenas Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad it's helpful! :)
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Frappe7 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
great tutorial!
now let's see if I can apply it lol
thank you so much!
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Alenas Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, hope it helps you. Good luck!
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jonnywes91 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
man, I've drawn with a pencil for years and always struggled with color, this really helped me out. Thanks!
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Alenas Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you found it helpful! :)
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Blazearx Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really helpful man!!!
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Alenas Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad it was! :)
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dogterpillar Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
Lighting makes a lot more sense now! Thanks for the tutorial!
May I ask is the reflected back light the same as ambient light? 
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Alenas Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!

And yes...I suppose you could say that the back light in my example could be considered as ambient light. Basically, lighting can come from all directions and differ in colors, intensity, angles etc., my 'back lighting' was there to simply illustrate what happens with the orb when it's hit from the front and how the things behind it also influence it.
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0137Amy0137 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really helpful, because every kind of lighting is explained clearly :-)
Thank you very much for this good tutorial
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Alenas Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you found it helpful!
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amini101 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you a lot for this tutorial ! this will be useful Kao Emoji-93 (Excitement) [V5] 
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Alenas Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear that! :)
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arkrilik2000 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks man this is really helpful for a noob like me
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Alenas Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad it can come in handy!
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izzi3bootz Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This tutorial was great... thank you very much for posting it and helping fellow artists to get better... really appreciate it! :)
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Alenas Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the feedback and I'm glad it was useful! :)
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izzi3bootz Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I was great, very instructive! Hope to see more from you in the future! :)
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Amberdreams1960 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Some of this I knew but it's flipping great to have it all in one place and so clearly explained - I really liked the photos too. Very helpful!
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Alenas Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm happy that you liked it and found it useful! :)
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Amicus-Nocte Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is so useful! Thank you for creating it! :happybounce:
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Alenas Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome, lol. Glad you found it useful. : D
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missZoid Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
this tutorial so so detailed and so useful! It explains a lot of things I have been confused about, thanks so much for posting it! you have beautiful lighting :heart:
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Alenas Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, thanks! Glad it helped you. :3
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TaishoTan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Thanks for the tutorial! I use them here...[link]
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Alenas Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome, glad it could help you! :3
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Whetsit-Tuya Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Is there a version of this for people who aren't Japanese?
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