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From the book Lighting a 3D scene

Lighting a 3D scene

You can adjust the default light for a scene, and add new lights. How you adjust the lights determines the shadows, the highlights, and the mood of the scene.

  1. In the 3D panel, select Infinite Light 1, the last item in the panel.
  2. By default, Photoshop creates one infinite light when you create a 3D scene. When you select the light, an on-canvas widget appears to help you direct the light. Move the large knob to make sweeping changes; adjust the small knob for more precise lighting shifts.

  3. Use the small knob to position the light in the upper left corner (at about the 11:00 position on a clock), so that there’s a tall highlight along the center of the neck of the bottle.
  4. Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the light itself (the white round icon) to open the Infinite Light 1 panel. Then change the color to a faint gold color (we used R=251, G=242, B=203), and change the Intensity to 75%.
  5. Click the Add New Light To Scene button at the bottom of the 3D panel, and choose New Infinite Light.
  6. With Infinite Light 2 selected, change the color to a similar light gold color in the Properties panel. Then change the Intensity value to 30%.
  7. With Infinite Light 2 still selected in the 3D panel, move the knob on the on-canvas widget to position the light at about the 1:00 position on the clock, so that there’s a nice highlight on the edge of the bottle.
  8. Click the Add New Light To Scene button at the bottom of the 3D panel, and choose New Point Light.
  9. Select Point Light 1 in the 3D panel, and then change its Intensity to 30% in the Properties panel.
  10. Use the on-canvas widget to pull the light onto the center of the wine glass.
  11. Choose File > Save to save your work so far.
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