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Shadows/Shading

Shadows/Shading - Shadows/Shading is a depth cue that combines two elements. The first element is shadows which refers to the use of a cast shadow or shadows within an image. The second element is shading which refers to the use of a range of brightness to create plasticity.
* Alternate term: Chiaroscuro


Shadows/Shading
An image without shadows or shading.


Shadows/Shading
Shading added.
The result is a sense of volume and form. There is a sense of which parts of the spheres are closer to the viewer and which parts are further from the viewer.


Shadows/Shading
Shadows added.
With the addition of shadows, the spheres are now placed on a surface and it is apparent that the right-most sphere is actually closer to the viewer and floating above the ground plane.


Shadows/Shading

Aubrey Beardsley. The Fourth Tableau of Das Rheingold. 1896.
(no shadows/shading)


Shadows/Shading
Edourard Manet. A Bar at the Folies-Bergeres. 1881-82.
Oil on canvas
(shading, minimal shadows)


Shadows/Shading
Jan Vermeer. The Milkmaid. c. 1658-60.
(shadows and shading)



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