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shadow tutorial by 14-bis shadow tutorial by 14-bis
here is a basic tutorial for shadows .

you will need your line , flat colors and a bg in separated layers.

the first step is to you to create a shadow layer between the line and flats . and set it to an opacity or fill to 35%.
and you will use pure black for the painting.

capture the selection of the flat to use on the shadow layer.
( select/load selection)

to paint the shadows you need to understand the volumes of the object you are panting and set a direction of the main light source.
try to locate the round and flat areas of the object , and how the light will cast shadows over it .

the shadows can be of two types.
1- the natural shadow volume that every part has .
they are always soft , and for that you can use a soft brush.
2- the projected shadow from one object over another .
they are mainly hard , so you can use a hard brush here, or a soft brush with a small size .

after you are done with the shadows , you can set the opacity to zero , and get the selection of this shadow layer, to use on the next step.
( select/load selection)

the second step is to paint the definitive shadow .
you need to understand that shadows are not always black.
shadows are darker versions of the base color .
so , over your flat color , using the selection of the shadow layer , you will use the burn tool , with any solid brush.
that will provide you a nice colored shadow to your object.

its very important that you make just one pass with your pen tablet or mouse .
if you let go of them and make another paint stroke , you will have double effect that we dont want .

third step , is to get back a little of the shadow layer you had set opacity to zero .

try to play a little with some values .
you will see your burned painted areas , changing the values of dark.

its a good idea to keep a copy of the flat colors , in case you make some mistake when painting the burn areas.

well , I believe it would be more simple showing the process than trying to explain it ( specially with my weak english)

any doubts , just ask me .
thanks for looking .
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SocQA Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2018
Thanks for this tutorial!
RythmColors Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What program is this?
EduardoAzrael Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dannny-Deviant Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im confused by the fun part...
NekoGirl29 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to put this to good use. thanks. By the way, is this tutorial compatible with The Gimp?
14-bis Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Totally .
its a very basic tecnique .
NekoGirl29 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, thanks for answering that.
I only have Photoshop Elements 6.0 at the moment, so I'm glad to know I can use this with the Gimp since Elements is actually kinda limited.
J4B Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The statue of Liberty looks pretty sexy.

Good tutorial too.
soovigon Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Wow!!!!! great!
kilowatts62 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
very informative!!
DanielGee Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial, kudos.
Juniupaulo Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
muito útil, cara. obrigado e parabéns pelo trabalho
XeoS735 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Hey thx for the link gunna use it in my current project also if there is lighting tutorial that would be nice (not so much about how light hits a object but how you apply it to an image, if its like this tutorial but opposite Example: add white to a layer reduce its opacity select it and dodge then add highlights, then just send me a message, thx again for your time XD)
Ultraviolet-Oasis Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
This is why I wil never achieve the level of True Artist... in this life. I will defintely take it up when I am reanimated in 5155.
mangaturtle Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay let me see if i follow this.
make all the layers.
paint your shadows on 35% shadow layer in pure black.
select/load selection the pure black
and burn tool.
or am i completely off?
hammerx Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
thanx was some help
Mister-JP Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
OK I get it. There is no real "secret" to the shadows, you just have to understand the correct lighting and how shadows (and I assume highlights) SHOULD naturally fall on your figure. I was hoping for some magic bullet technique that would make drawing these much faster. I guess the real secret is practice.

Fantastic body of work, you are truly inspiring.
14-bis Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
yes , practice ,and a good eyes for details .
you must understand the object you are drawing shadows on it .
Relatos-del-bardo Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Really good tutorial, i like it... Thanks ^^
Asrath Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Student General Artist
do you also have a tut for light? I cannot get that done right without my drawing looking pale >.<
KFC24Gordon Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
FullDestiny Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
mesmo que eu tente, minha perspectiva de sombra é tipo... nula. não consigo imaginar onde deveria ficar a sombra e onde não. Mas o tutorial é ótimo, acho que o problema é comigo mesmo D:
Almost-too-late Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
never thought to ask, but what program do you use?
14-bis Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
Photoshop CS2
almost all the time .
mothermultiverse Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Very useful!
TrueKaoz Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Student General Artist
This will come in really handy, I always have difficulty putting colour onto shadows as they are usually far to dark or come out the completely wrong colour.
Thank you very much for this :thanks:
DC-Tiki Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for posting this, I'll be sure to put this technique to practice in the near future!
Samantai Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
The cool thing with your tutorial is that it seems as if I can use it on GIMP too.^^
Teenage-Robot-OCs Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
Do you have a tutorial for making clean line art?
14-bis Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
hmm thats a hard one .
since there are softwares , like manga studio , flash , and Ilustrator that do that for you .
in my case , is just a steady hand , a fine brush , and patience , lots of patience.
Teenage-Robot-OCs Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
In that case, I just need more practice. Thanks anyway.
Scirax Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE it, thanks.

BlakerOats Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a question about the shadow selection part. I've already tried this on a couple of my old pictures, and when I select the shadow layer with the magic wand, it selects the whole thing with no regard for the value of the shadow. So when I start to burn the color layer, there's no value change. It just goes from non-burned to burned with no sort of blending at all. Is there another way to select the shadow layer that I just don't know, or am I doing something wrong?
14-bis Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
first , I never told you to use the magic wand.
you need to paint the shadow on a separeted layer .
them , up there on the menu , you go to Select/Load Selection.
BlakerOats Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, it's there already... ^^;
BlakerOats Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Select/Load Selection"? I'll try it...

*tries it*

Oh! Okay! Thank you so much! You might want to make that part a little more clear next time you make one of these tutorials.
mashi Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Wow!!! Nice of you to take some time to do up a tutorial. :D
operative274 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
Just that easy huh? ;)
gemlord-art Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
Thanks for this, man. I know I appreciate you going out of the way to help the rest of us get better at this whole 'art' thing. I'm actually excited for you to post your own brushes, too.
Afrodisium Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
I think you should explain the burn part in more detail. :nod: It's not exactly clear. The rest is fine. :)
14-bis Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
hmm, ok .
try this .
misterzero Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
Wow, I actually needed this! Thank you!
DevanStar Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks and not too much layers :giggle:
megawackymax Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
Hey, cool tutorial. I do something similar when I add shadows, but I will give your technique a try. :-)

There's more to do in the Net of Nets!
(Megawacky Max)
InvaderJhonn95 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
Your english is better than a lot of people's I've seen, especially within my own country.
Saber16 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009   Digital Artist
Thank you so much.
sharpenr Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
Thank you so much for this! Gives me a basic idea of how to start in this area.
rockstsarwoog713 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009   Traditional Artist
i love your work, can i have a request. I am writing a book the second NIghtmare Before Christmas And i need a cover think u can help, if so please write back (P.S. I would comission you but im a 11 year old who gets no allowence Lol)
analage Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
me embananei pq meu english naum me sustentou T___T

Uma dúvida que eu sempre tenho é quando usar uma sombra durinha e uma esfumaçada... vc tem alguma "regrinha" pra isso? Acho tão totalmente lindo *_*
14-bis Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
ops . pensei que vc estava postando na imagem da garota com os peixes , erro meu .
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