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simple lighting tutorial by sandara simple lighting tutorial by sandara
Basically, convert your image to greyscale to check if you've got enough shadows and highlights to make the image pop.
Don't let complementary colors (colors opposite each other on the color wheel) trick your eyes! :)

Converting to greyscale also helps by taking out the distracting colors and helps you see if you've got the lighting and focus right. If it looks ok in greyscale, it will look ok in color.

Though using complementary colors do help make your character pop, so you can consider using this also.
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Izolna Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
This is really helpful.
Thank you
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azzacanth Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist
Great tip, the last handful of digital paintings I did (too long ago :/ ) contrast was junk on them and this will help me know when I've got it right.
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Akimune Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow epic tutorial!
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bagwan12345 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you make it fade so well? I just use the brush tool but it still shows the lines where I changed the colours to a darker/brighter one. And I've tried blur tool to make it fade in nicely but that just gets rid of the nice *texture* kind of feel that I want to add to it. 
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Here-for-the-ponies Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I've never heard of this rule before, but I'll be sure to keep it in mind.
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kira333333 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you ^^
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mayshing Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Great notes. It's something I need to remind myself or keep refreshing myself for. :)
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Pech-Misfortune Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
POTATO I am a dummy! 
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richard-chin Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
cool tips

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:iconwoutart:
woutart Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
:thumbsup: Thanks for sharing!
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Drakel-X Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Instead changing the saturation manually to check your values, you could also add a layer on top of everything and fill it in with black, then change the layer mode to 'saturation'. It's a lot faster to check values every once in a while for those who work with less layers! :)
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Amhyst Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Wow, I will try this as soon as I can, very helpful !
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nightlynxness Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Thanks for the tips!! :DDD
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Spirafall Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Wooooooooooow.
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RavingDead Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student
This is great, but can you do a shadow tutorial? I have hard time placing the shadows and doing them right and all, so it would help a lot
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JMBorne Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for sharing, this is great!
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LoliDSoliD Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student
thank you!
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BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :la: I recently learned about using greyscale to help see if the lighting and shading stand out, and I love seeing extra tips! I also like how you put in a couple images you've painted yourself to show an example.
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Anukht Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
thanks!! so much useful :D
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112horseygirl Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reminds me of a potato.
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:icondertaii:
Dertaii Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
really useful! thank you, also, this gave me an urge for grapes and olives
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:iconmartafav:
Martafav Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist
Wonderful, thanks!
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BlackUmbral Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Marvelous! Thank you :)
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Morganstudios Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Great idea!
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EnalyArt Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Simple but so necessary, thanks!
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Nekooutrage Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful
Thanks very much for sharing with us
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MoodDragon Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Extremely helpful, thank you!
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Air-KC Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student General Artist
this is really helpful
thanks for sharing
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SencilSketches Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
"Ctrl+Shift+U" is the default shortcut for this.
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SapphireAion Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness, thank you so much for taking the time to make these two past tutorials! They've enlightened so much and finally highlighted those pearls of wisdom that have been sitting in the back of my head now for years!
Thaaaank you! :heart::heart:
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fqtt Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
these tutorials are great!!  Simple, but very effective!  Thank you! (:
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MagaloupXD Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this, it will help a lot :)
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GwenFallen Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you know how to convert to grayscale with Paint Tool SAI? I can't figure it out. 
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Dianamisu Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Filter-> hue and saturation
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GwenFallen Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aha! That seems so simple... :iconfacepalmplz: Thank you so much!
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RavenousDrake Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional Writer
Thanks for posting this; it's very helpful.  I'll be sure to keep this trick in mind in my later paintings! :iconbiggrinplz:
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SpacemanSpiff002 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student General Artist
thanx very helpful
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somebodyoranybody Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, this is a very useful trick!
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OboieTheDragon Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! This is helpful!
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Suzumebachii Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Sorry, i thought it was a potatoe xD But thanks for the tutorial!
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uzuluna Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Filmographer
Ive learned soo much !! I was so confused how grey scale work...but now...woahh..things makes sense now..Thank youuu..
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ReiKoko Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
i've always had a problem with lighting and shading, so this was extremely helpful :D  thank you!
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HappyCrumble Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
I'll bear this in mind, thanks for the tip!
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dragonx81 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is good, I hope there will be more similar examples from you.
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rew711 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you know what's surprising, i needed this, but was already starting to understand it myself. this makes me feel good. thank you for posting this. the more you post, the more i learn about how to do art properly.
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Draebox Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Fantastic help! Lighting is one of my weak areas - this is invaluable! I hope you won't mind if I ask that you keep doing tutorials for those of us less skilled than you. :)
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XRosewaterX Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'll try and do this for future pieces ~  Thanks for sharing! :heart:
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SmyliArt Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much, two useful tutorials!
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:iconarianod:
Arianod Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really useful tips. Thanks a lot! :)
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Andaciae Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Really nice tips! :)
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