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Easiest way to do shadows and highlights

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Apr 12, 2020

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Hi, I'm new to Illustrator and I'm looking for the easiest way to add shadows and highlights such as in this photo. https://www.vectorstock.com/royalty-free-vector/goblin-vector-3551412  What would be the best way to achieve these kinds of highlights and shadows? Is there a way to add to the paths that I've made and fill them in while keeping the stroke? I'm not sure how to exactly explain this. 

Hi, iano.

Different people have different ways of shading.
For example, you might want to try the following

 

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Draw a black object for the shadow area.

Draw a white object on the glowing area.

3.png2.png

Set the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

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Easiest way to do shadows and highlights

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Hi, I'm new to Illustrator and I'm looking for the easiest way to add shadows and highlights such as in this photo. https://www.vectorstock.com/royalty-free-vector/goblin-vector-3551412  What would be the best way to achieve these kinds of highlights and shadows? Is there a way to add to the paths that I've made and fill them in while keeping the stroke? I'm not sure how to exactly explain this. 

Hi, iano.

Different people have different ways of shading.
For example, you might want to try the following

 

1.png


Draw a black object for the shadow area.

Draw a white object on the glowing area.

3.png2.png

Set the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

5.png4.png

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Apr 13, 2020

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There is no easy way. That's the whole point. Working with vectors can require tons of duplicate layers and objects and an organic form like the goblin is a perfect example for this. The artwork was very likely meticulously traced over an existing pixel-based image and then the contours were filled. No shortcuts here.

 

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Hi, iano.

Different people have different ways of shading.
For example, you might want to try the following

 

1.png


Draw a black object for the shadow area.

Draw a white object on the glowing area.

3.png2.png

Set the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

5.png4.png

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