O'Reilly logo

Digital Painting, 37 Intermediate Tricks and Techniques by Gary Tonge

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Textures and Surfaces

Understanding how to interpret and integrate believable surface types and textures into your paintings is a vital part of producing interesting imagery. The digital medium offers endless possibilities; the key is to develop a repertoire of techniques that suits your style.

Matte Surfaces

The key to creating matte surfaces is to remember that they scatter light, literally bouncing it off in every conceivable direction.

Dirt and Dust

Dirt and dust reduce the reflective properties of all surfaces—transforming them from shiny to matte. Dust also adds a subtle but effective texture, somewhat blunting the scene. Floating dust allows shafts of light to be seen.

Semi-Reflective Surfaces

A surface that was once shiny but is ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required