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Essential CG Lighting Techniques with 3ds Max, 3rd Edition by Darren Brooker

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‘Envy will merit as its shade pursue, But like a shadow proves the substance true.’

Alexander Pope

 

 

 

The importance of shadows

Though they might be considered something that things get hidden or lost in, shadows are actually so vital in terms of composition and the role they play in defining spatial relationships, that the importance of shadows in a lighting scheme simply cannot be overstated. The human eye takes a cue from shadows not only in judging where a light source is located, but also what an object is made of, how far away it is and how it relates spatially to its surroundings. ...

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