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    Values

    Starting at the beginning. I know what values are i just have a problem with shading on a tablet. I cant get the smooth look like if it was done with pencil. The sphere on the left was my example done with photoshop gradient tool. The other is my attempt. Any advise on settings or techniques to smooth it all out? I spent about 20 min on this. Hard brush, 35% 0pacity, resampling colors as i went.

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    2nd try

    Same thing here, just used a soft brush. Almost all tutorials say to use a hard brush. Am i missing something?

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    Hard or soft, it doesn't matter, and it all depends on what you want to achieve. Pen pressure sensitivity on a tablet works wonderfully for things like this, and I'd definitely say the softer brush works better because of the sftness of the actual gradient.

    Just play around and find what works best for you! You're off to a good start, just keep practicing.

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    You are missing a bounce light. Adding that will allow for the core shadow and will add to believable depth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bai Fan View Post
    You are missing a bounce light. Adding that will allow for the core shadow and will add to believable depth.
    That means light bouncing off the ground striking the bottom of the object?

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    Interesting, I have similar problems. You're doing good, but I wondered...

    1. What size tablet you use?
    2. How zoomed in/out are you when working on the shading?

    What works for you is what works for you. I find softer brushes are easier for smoothing things over. It looks like in your second example, the smoothness is good but the shading isn't following the curve of the sphere 100%. To me it looks slightly angular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple View Post
    Interesting, I have similar problems. You're doing good, but I wondered...

    1. What size tablet you use?
    2. How zoomed in/out are you when working on the shading?

    What works for you is what works for you. I find softer brushes are easier for smoothing things over. It looks like in your second example, the smoothness is good but the shading isn't following the curve of the sphere 100%. To me it looks slightly angular.
    its a 6x8 tablet. i think it was zoomed 200%. i think youre right about the angular thing.

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    I have the 4x6 (the A6). I'm finding it a little imprecise, and wondered if you had the same issue that's why I asked. Doesn't look like you do though.

    As for the zoom level, I wondered if you were seeing the whole ball as you worked on it. I think the 2nd try is significantly better than the 1st. Look how much you've improved in that space of time

    When you smooth it/colour in, try and make sure that you're following the contours of the sphere to give it that round look, I think this might help. It's looking good though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple View Post
    I have the 4x6 (the A6). I'm finding it a little imprecise, and wondered if you had the same issue that's why I asked. Doesn't look like you do though.

    As for the zoom level, I wondered if you were seeing the whole ball as you worked on it. I think the 2nd try is significantly better than the 1st. Look how much you've improved in that space of time

    When you smooth it/colour in, try and make sure that you're following the contours of the sphere to give it that round look, I think this might help. It's looking good though
    My tablet is made by Genius. I have alot of problems with lag and if i go too fast instead of a solid line i get a line of circles

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    Quote Originally Posted by j1wcso View Post
    My tablet is made by Genius. I have alot of problems with lag and if i go too fast instead of a solid line i get a line of circles
    hmm interesting. That sounds like it might be the software to me. May I ask what software you're using and what your system specs are (processor speed and ram mostly)?

    Do Genius update their drivers very often?

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    software is windows xp, 1GB of ram. never checked on driver updates, guess i should. im running photoshop 7

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    Cheers j1wcso. I would check the following things in which case

    1. Brush settings in photoshop (I think there's an option for how smooth/often to draw when drawing a stroke).
    2. Driver update, just to rule it out.
    3. Anything running in the background slowing your system down, other processes etc.

    Good luck, would love to see how you get on

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