“Light” Photoshop Rendering Technique by David Whetstone (Tutorial)

Designer, David Whetstone recently posted a tutorial on how he creates his distinct rendering technique, on his blog.

“I’ve received a few direct messages to my instagram account asking how I achieve my rendering style. It really takes only a few steps. The key is to get a basic sketch with great proportions completed as a nice underlay. Then the rest is simple.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial. This sketch style has been very liberating for me as it has allowed me to spend more time thinking about blocking in the big-picture design gesture and less time fussing with each individual element.”

You can check out some of the tutorial below, for the full piece head to David’s website, here.
 

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I start by scanning in the final sketch. I typically unsaturate this layer to eliminate any blues or yellows the scanner may pick up. I then keep this sketch at the top layer on “Multiply.”
 

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Starting below the original sketch layer, I create solid fills of color. In this case, the black upper and white sole. NOTE: I like to use a 10% grey background so then the white sole reads as an intentional decision.
 

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To assign a material, I apply a texture over the whole shoe. I know in the next step I will be assigning leather overlays overtop of this mesh material layer, so I am not worried if the mesh extends into other areas.
 

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Leather overlays provide more definition and cover mesh where not necessary. Again, this layer is a simple solid fill.
 

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I like to apply branding before I begin working on the overall highlights and shadows. This way, those highlights and shadows will cover the branding.
 

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Overall highlights and shadows are applied with simple black and white color fills. I reduce the opacity to 10-15% for shadows and 5-10% for highlights. In this case, a core black shadow is applied around the back and side while a white highlight runs down the vamp.
 

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Secondary highlights and shadows are applied with the same approach.
 

For the full tutorial head here.
 

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Mr. Bailey

Product Designer + Footwear Architect | Founder of @ConceptKicks | www.MrBailey.co.uk

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