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Need a graphics package which does lighting effects

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I need a graphics package which will allow me to create a block of colour with a lighting effect at the top or in the corner or somewhere else.

E.g. for a black block and with the light source at the top, the square would be grey at the top and gradually become darker towards the bottom.

Ideally, the package would be free :-) but I don't mind shelling out a few dollars if it is fairly decent. It'd have to be downloadable though as time may be tight on this project.

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rd707, any feedback?
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Merete

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I was waiting to see if there were any more answers but having looked at Photoshop over the weekend it looks like this will do everything I need.

Can you recommend any decent books? I could probably do with one that covers all the features at a high level. There are a lot of books out there but I suspect not all of them are good.
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Good choice, Yes I know this product does not come cheap.
 Adobe Photoshop offers books on lighting effects but probably related to the product itself.
See Additional Reading
http://safari.oreilly.com/1592004873/ch16lev1sec1
we maybe in different countries have different publishes.
Most are available in the moden CD e-learning textures now.
you could look in places on the internet. With a little know how and the right question in your search engine ( Google Maybe)  the net is proliffic with free tuturials book stores online  just depends on what software you wish to use. Costs serious money for some of these.
 Take a quick look.
http://www.onlinephotography.com/
Lighting Effects in 3D Max 6
http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=170272&rl=1
I simply love this site it's been around for many many years just for the images they use some very special tools such as maya and 3D max
http://members.digitalblasphemy.com/

Even ebay can offer good prices on books and tutes.
Even youtube try looking for tuturials on 3D max or lighting effects you name it I bet they have them.
 I have used Youtube to no end to assist my visual mind. I like to see tuturials.
Example.
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Lighting+effects+tuturials&search=Search
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=3D+Lighting+effects+tutorials&search=Search

CG networks I have been a member of for a few years it is a site all about lighting effects offers books guides and a huge selection of the most up to date software. too much to list here. Membership is pretty cheap around 29 dollars a year  and you receive some good regular emails on what is available.
http://www.cgsociety.org/

Hope this has assisted you, dont why other experts didnt come forward maybe the zone you chose.
EE also has
Graphics Software Zone
https://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Photos_Graphics/
You can also search EE database for answers as a member
Best wishes
merete

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Great, thanks.

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