Lighting Tutorial by Laticis Imagery - Pretty good

Muon QuarkMuon Quark Posts: 369
edited December 1969 in The Commons

I just wanted to share the results I got after getting that tutorial by Laticis Imagery. I must say, it's an excellent beginning for lighting. What do you guys think of this picture? This is straight out of DS4 with no post work. It is Hitomi with one of the Hitomi Candy textures and her day dress.

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  • SiennaBlueSiennaBlue Posts: 85
    edited December 1969

    I think you did a great job! I had to go find the product because I wasn't familiar with it. Looks like you achieved results just like the example except for the skin types (realistic vs. toon). Now it's sitting in my cart! lol

  • SzarkSzark Posts: 8,765
    edited December 1969

    Here is the link for anyone else interested in the product http://www.daz3d.com/portrait-lighting-tutorial-for-ds4

  • Muon QuarkMuon Quark Posts: 369
    edited December 1969

    Thanks Szark. I should have provided a link. LOL

    One thing he does point out is not to ignore the textures either. You can play around with the textures to get different effects but I really do like this light setup. I thinking you can change the colors of the lights to whatever you want, up or lower the intensity, etc. It's a pretty nice beginning setup.

  • SzarkSzark Posts: 8,765
    edited December 1969

    My pleasure.

    And Laticis is right to point out that textures/surfaces play a big part in getting good results, even if you aren't wanting realism you can still bring a scene to life with tweaking the surfaces and with good lighting.

  • SiennaBlueSiennaBlue Posts: 85
    edited December 1969

    Hope no one thinks what I said was a criticism. I just meant that the two characters do have different types of skin textures originally. I swear each day I lose more of my ability to communicate effectively. :down:

  • SzarkSzark Posts: 8,765
    edited December 1969

    I didn't read it like that. :)

    i always set my skin surfaces up in white light then once I get close to what I want I then change the light colour. :)

  • Serene NightSerene Night Posts: 5,459
    edited December 1969

    I just wanted to share the results I got after getting that tutorial by Laticis Imagery. I must say, it's an excellent beginning for lighting. What do you guys think of this picture? This is straight out of DS4 with no post work. It is Hitomi with one of the Hitomi Candy textures and her day dress.

    This looks very nice. I have the tutorial in my wish list. I will probably buy it at some point.

  • Muon QuarkMuon Quark Posts: 369
    edited April 2013

    Hope no one thinks what I said was a criticism. I just meant that the two characters do have different types of skin textures originally. I swear each day I lose more of my ability to communicate effectively. :down:

    No no, not at all. I knew exactly what you were saying. Toon/Manga skins are very different from textures like Bree, Valerie, etc. I didn't take it as a criticism so don't worry. She could use a little more shine though. LOL

    :-)

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  • SiennaBlueSiennaBlue Posts: 85
    edited December 1969

    Thanks, you guys. :) I did buy this and am looking forward to trying it out thanks to this thread. Chalk up a sale for Muon Quark. ;-)

  • Muon QuarkMuon Quark Posts: 369
    edited December 1969

    Here's another with Sadie. Same lighting setup except for a higher intensity.

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  • anikadanikad Posts: 1,777
    edited December 1969

    Pictures are great.

    I personally would have liked more information about why you were doing certain things, rather than "do this" and then the "oh you'll only really learn if you play". If I had bought it at full price I would have returned it. I'd recommend Blondie's lighting tutorial for those seeking more info.

  • LaticisLaticis Posts: 355
    edited December 1969

    Hi Muon Clark,

    Glad to see you getting good results, well done.

    The tutorial is designed for one thing in mind, to give you a strong lighting foundation from which to build off.

    Did you find it easy enough to follow ?

    I wanted it as simple and clean as possible so as not to over complicate the process.

    Cheers Laticis

  • Muon QuarkMuon Quark Posts: 369
    edited December 1969

    Laticis said:
    Hi Muon Clark,

    Glad to see you getting good results, well done.

    The tutorial is designed for one thing in mind, to give you a strong lighting foundation from which to build off.

    Did you find it easy enough to follow ?

    I wanted it as simple and clean as possible so as not to over complicate the process.

    Cheers Laticis

    I found it very easy to follow and was happy that such a simple set up gave great results. I can see that it will be easy to modify to get different results. Thanks for making a great tutorial!

    :-)

  • LaticisLaticis Posts: 355
    edited December 1969

    Your welcome Muon Quark, thank you :)

  • Scott LivingstonScott Livingston Posts: 4,104
    edited December 1969

    My opinion, based on my first efforts: the tutorial provides easy-to-follow instructions on putting together a light setup that delivers excellent results, more or less on par with some of the best professionally-made light presets I've used. It's very satisfying to be able to assemble the lights on my own, and I look forward to tinkering with the various settings in order to make lighting appropriate for a variety of different scenes. I did know a lot of the things covered in the tutorial pretty well already, but the new things I learned seem very helpful and important, and well worth the price, given the resulting renders. Overall I'm very satisfied with this tutorial.

    One criticism is that some of the "fine print" (for instance, the render settings in step 2) can be very difficult to read.

    I hope we'll see a follow-up to this! Either another lighting tut, or something focusing on skin materials settings, perhaps?

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  • LaticisLaticis Posts: 355
    edited December 1969

    Hi Scott,

    Thank you very much for your posted images and feedback.
    Seeing your rendered results makes me proud.

    I know the lighting setup is quite simple but it works and anything that is easy and effective has got to be a good thing ;)

    Thank you for your criticism as well, I will learn more from that anything else, any more criticism are quite welcomed.
    The fine print was a hurdle, hence the two difference sized PDF in an attempt to combat that.
    Trying not to clutter the page and offer a screen shot was tough....but I do have some thoughts on fixing that for the
    "possible" next one.

    I have even thought of a possible video tutorial...not sure on that one though.

    Thanks again for your feedback.

    Cheers Laticis

    My opinion, based on my first efforts: the tutorial provides easy-to-follow instructions on putting together a light setup that delivers excellent results, more or less on par with some of the best professionally-made light presets I've used. It's very satisfying to be able to assemble the lights on my own, and I look forward to tinkering with the various settings in order to make lighting appropriate for a variety of different scenes. I did know a lot of the things covered in the tutorial pretty well already, but the new things I learned seem very helpful and important, and well worth the price, given the resulting renders. Overall I'm very satisfied with this tutorial.

    One criticism is that some of the "fine print" (for instance, the render settings in step 2) can be very difficult to read.

    I hope we'll see a follow-up to this! Either another lighting tut, or something focusing on skin materials settings, perhaps?

  • ArtiniArtini Posts: 1,290
    edited December 1969

    Hello Laticis. I have seen many of your excellent images in Daz forums, that is why
    I have bought your tutorial immediately. Please prepare more tutorials and share your knowledge in them.
    One possible improvement for the future is to make a printable PDF on the white background,
    to save the toner while printing.

  • LaticisLaticis Posts: 355
    edited December 1969

    Hi Artini,

    Thank you very much :)

    What a great idea for a eco friendly and cost alternative printable PDF.
    Thank you for your feedback.

    Cheers Laticis

    Artini said:
    Hello Laticis. I have seen many of your excellent images in Daz forums, that is why
    I have bought your tutorial immediately. Please prepare more tutorials and share your knowledge in them.
    One possible improvement for the future is to make a printable PDF on the white background,
    to save the toner while printing.

  • SzarkSzark Posts: 8,765
    edited December 1969

    Laticis said:

    I have even thought of a possible video tutorial...not sure on that one though.

    Thanks again for your feedback.

    na we would then need to translate it into English.... ;) :P

  • LaticisLaticis Posts: 355
    edited December 1969

    You continue to crack me up...LOL

    Yep still laughing...awesomely funny :D

    I was thinking of using a series of clicking noises...something like dot dot dot dash dash dash dot dot dot ;)

  • SzarkSzark Posts: 8,765
    edited December 1969

    I couldn't resist... the oppotunity..I tried to resist the urge, honest.

  • LaticisLaticis Posts: 355
    edited December 1969

    Glad you didn't...it was so worth it :)

    Gotta crash now zzzzz

  • KalisxKalisx Posts: 104
    edited December 1969

    Very good tutorial, well explained step be step and well illustrated ... in one word : perfect :-)

  • Muon QuarkMuon Quark Posts: 369
    edited December 1969

    Nicely done Scott. Love the squirrel. LOL

    And I agree it was satisfying to build the lights on my own.

    Thanks!

  • LaticisLaticis Posts: 355
    edited December 1969

    Thank you very much Kalisx :)

    Kalisx said:
    Very good tutorial, well explained step be step and well illustrated ... in one word : perfect :-)


  • LaticisLaticis Posts: 355
    edited December 1969

    Yeah, the squirrel and the matching expressions rock :)

    I had thought of supplying the Light Preset with the tutorial but there where fears that the learning might be lost.

    " Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach him how to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life. "

    Nicely done Scott. Love the squirrel. LOL

    And I agree it was satisfying to build the lights on my own.

    Thanks!

  • gingercakes47gingercakes47 Posts: 365
    edited December 1969

    Got your tutorial as soon as it was released and have been very happy with the way it was written and the final results. Hope to post something in the next day or two.

  • Scott LivingstonScott Livingston Posts: 4,104
    edited April 2013

    Thanks for your comments on the squirrel render. :)

    Had another play with this...this time I changed the colors a bit. No postwork on this or my previous ones.

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  • LaticisLaticis Posts: 355
    edited December 1969

    Thank you very much GingerCakes :)

    really looking forward to seeing your results.

    Got your tutorial as soon as it was released and have been very happy with the way it was written and the final results. Hope to post something in the next day or two.

  • LaticisLaticis Posts: 355
    edited December 1969

    Hi Scott :)

    Great to see David under these lighting conditions, must admit I haven't tried that myself yet.


    Thanks for your comments on the squirrel render. :)

    Had another play with this...this time I changed the colors a bit. No postwork on this or my previous ones.

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