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How to make an object look like it has more sunlight on it?

Aug 10, 2012, 20:28
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Exclamation How to make an object look like it has more sunlight on it?
I'm really new to GIMP and image editing in general, so I'm not sure what how to really say what mean because I don't know the correct terms (If there are any).

The most I can do to help clarify what I mean is offer two examples. The first is a picture I found:

http://media.photobucket.com/image/recen...ghtsky.jpg

The sunlight hits her head at the very top right of the image and transitions from white (direct sunlight) to brown (indirect sunlight) to black (almost no sunlight). Also, the light directly touches her hands and legs (white) and then transitions to indirect (pink).

The second example I can offer is on this very forum. On the header, if you look at the larger GIMP dog balloon (I think they're dogs, anyway...) you can see the white oval on top of the purple-ish nose. If you look at the top of the nose, right before it transitions to the black outline, you see an almost reflection-like effect.

Is there a function in GIMP to do this? Or, at least, some sort of work-around? If you need me to clarify anything (like what I'm trying to do) let me know.
Thanks in advance and sorry if I broke any forum rules (I didn't see a rules or F.A.Q. sticky).
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Aug 10, 2012, 21:10
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RE: How to make an object look like it has more sunlight on it?
There is no general function because almost each image has different requirements. Technically it is mostly blending some white in, with or without a gradient. The simplest way is to add a layer, paint in white, and adjust opacity. Some layer modes may give better results if the image has a texture (screen). But on the whole by far the hardest part is to define a correct shape for the reflection.

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Aug 10, 2012, 21:42
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RE: How to make an object look like it has more sunlight on it?
Thanks for your reply!

I understand what opacity, layers, and blending are, but I'm not sure how to go about it in GIMP. Do you happen to have any links to tutorials?

Thanks again!
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