Intro to Values – Value Scale

Posted on 2011/12/21 at 00:02 by daarken 11 Comments

Value is an important part to the painting process. Having good contrast can help your illustration succeed, so it is important to practice value scales. Value scales will help you see and produce a full range of values that you can use in your painting or drawing. Remember, every color has a value, so learning how to use value can be just as important, if not more than painting in color.

11 Comments on "Intro to Values – Value Scale"

  1. Trace007 · 2011/12/21 at 00:28 · Reply

    Ah, I remember making one of these once. I didn’t take the assignment seriously though. Knowledge of value really is…well…invaluable.

  2. drawingcode · 2011/12/21 at 01:20 · Reply

    Another cool exercise is to start out with only black and white (half of the scale each) and then blending them into each other…

    Btw. cool site :)

  3. Judy · 2011/12/21 at 03:37 · Reply

    Really really good tutorial Daarken, this is something that we definitelly need to know and practice. Thanks so much!!!!

  4. Carlos Arthur · 2011/12/22 at 01:12 · Reply

    why 5×5?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/22 at 10:48 · Reply

      When you zoom in on photos you will notice that what you thought was a single color is actually made up of a lot of different colors or values. Selecting a sample size of 5×5 or 11×11 will take an area and give you an average based on a pixel radius. Take a look at the image below. You can see when you zoom in there are a lot of different value shifts. Part of this is due to the texture of the wall, but even if you zoom in on a smooth surface you will notice this value shift.

      • Carlos Arthur · 2011/12/23 at 01:39 · Reply

        I understand *-* , very good, thanks for explaining

  5. Ricardo Arganza · 2011/12/22 at 02:38 · Reply

    Very,nice tutorial, Daarken.
    I agree if values work the image works.
    Also, this video is the proof i needed to buy a tablet instead a cintiq. 512 levels of presure looks enought for me .

  6. WillGreen · 2011/12/22 at 14:11 · Reply

    Great tut Daarken, thanks!!

  7. ki-tae kang · 2012/01/03 at 16:31 · Reply

    포트샵에서 칼라를 지정할때 오른쪽 톨바에서의 칼라는 항상 흑,백 입니다.
    어떻게 하는것 입니까?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/01/03 at 22:19 · Reply

      I am not sure if this is what you are asking or not, but it seems like you are asking how to change the black and white swatches in the toolbar on the left. All you have to do is click on one of them and the color picker window will open. You have to click on the larger boxes though, the smaller ones will reset them to black and white. I’ll try to post my response in Korean too. Hopefully this is correct.

      그냥 전경박스나 배경박스 하나만 누르시면 칼라팔레트 바로 나옵니다. 위에 있는 흑/백 박스 말고요~

  8. Neopatogen · 2015/12/10 at 06:41 · Reply

    Thank you! It’s great to study basics. Even if the stuff is not comlpletely new, one can master the earlier learned skills on a kind of higher level.

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