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Capturing the Gleam!

A tutorial on how to effectively digitize reflective and relief elements. Working with metal leaf in a painting can create some very beautiful textural effects that make an original painting that much more of a unique creation. It becomes not simply a static image, but something that changes in its presentation and the mood it depicts, depending on the ambient lighting. It is interactive with its environment. That same quality however, makes it very tricky to digitize a painting that has reflective qualities. The main issue is that you have two things at odds with each other: (1) Reflective effects …

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