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07 July 2009, 11:56 PM
There is was an older thread that I haven't been able to find that explained how to using falloff maps and the shadow/light feature (and some color correction in Photoshop) to produce a nice soft, warm skin effect that is usually used for cartoon characters. Would anyone mind explaining how to do that?

07 July 2009, 07:37 PM
No one knows?

07 July 2009, 01:32 AM
do you got a reference we can look at?

also it may depend on the software package you are using, i could provide you with a better answer if i had more details.

I think i undestand your question though.

You can layer a set of fallof maps to achieve subtle effects on color:

You can use one that uses IOR values to get a nice backlight like effect (using a lighter and desaturated color for the edge color, and a darker color for the rest)

you can exagerate the effect of light over a surface using a fallof that uses the direction of light (using a base color for the side getting hit by the light, and a more saturated version of that color for the side on the shadow).

But in the end, it comes down to the look you want to achieve; a image reference + naming the software package you are using can get you a better answer ;-)

07 July 2009, 04:12 PM
I am using 3DS Max 2008. If I can find the images that were used in the thread I referenced I will post them.

07 July 2009, 10:25 PM
(Tried that one?) (

Just realized that it's already explained above. If you need a more detailed explanation, there is somewhere, in one of the main threads for human skin, a description with pictures.

07 July 2009, 08:43 PM
Would anyone mind posting a more detailed procedure?

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