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  1. #1 what is it? 
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    watch for the white spot in or around the pupil.


    where does it come from?


    how does this happen?


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    The white "spot" is a reflection from a bright light source. A lamp, the sun, etc. It's not actually anything in the eye.


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    It is an effect that an artist would use to make a picture have dimension. The picture looks too "soft" to be a picture of a real eye, and there is detail that is missing that would normally be included into the picture of an eye. This was created by an artist that wanted to make the picture have a sense of dimension by inserting a focused highlight in the area of the eye, and on the border of the pupil and iris no less to enhance the idea of a specular. Unfortunately it seems that that tactic did not succeed very well with you. Perhaps if the artist had used more detail he may have.

    The caption of the picture helps to explain this.
    The eyes are the soul of a portrait and lighting brings the eyes to life. Eliminating the red eye and adding a highlight dot may be enough. These are the basic steps I have developed to paint the eye as computer art.
    Here is a decent example of what a real eye looks like:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Iris.eye.225px.jpg

    For more information on speculars and highlights I would observe how pen drawings are created, or perhaps cartoon characters made of three colors or three shades of colors.

    This is really an interesting subject for me since I went to school for computer animation, and I could go on and on about the use of speculars, but I'll spare you.
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    I could go on and on about the use of speculars
    I need a pair of those. I’m a bit near-sighted
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    The way I used the word sounds more jargonish than what an actual word use would be. When you say a word a million times in conversation to other people you start using it in odd ways.

    "Raise the specular"

    "I like your specular"

    "Your specular needs to be sharper/brighter" (they mean the same thing)

    "The specular on your material should be bigger."

    ect.
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