Friday, April 22, 2011

Gradient Mesh Tool

So here is my line art (that I downloaded from, because drawing with a mouse in NOT my forte); used Live Trace to get fill areas, then applied the Gradient Mesh tool after coloring to add highlights and shadows. I really like the final effect, sort of glowy and stained glass looking, but I did have to do a lot of work adjusting/deleting points on many of the shapes, because I was getting a lot of "artifacts" after applying the GM tool. I can see where it would work a lot better on smoother shapes. The effect is very cool, though, and definitely something I will use again in the future.

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