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Soft Shading Tutorial by Annabel-m Soft Shading Tutorial by Annabel-m
Program used - Paint tool Sai.

This is just a quick tutorial on how I do soft shading. This is the first one I've ever made, so sorry if its bad IDK.... If you have any questions feel free to ask :)


A lot of people have been asking, so here is the settings for my watercolour tool :) Paint Tool SAI brushes eurielia by Miss-Ariellia (named Awatercolour)
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:iconmidnight-poweruser:
Midnight-PowerUser Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I definitely need to try soft shading sometime.
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mizuxon Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Now my shading won't look so blocky!
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mishiraK Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't really know where "gradient" is, can someone help me? I use SAI
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mizuxon Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You create a gradient using the airbrush tool at a large size. Make a new layer above your base color layer and click "clipping group". This means it's attached to the layer below, and you can only paint on the base color. Make the airbrush tool a larger size, and then use it on the clipped layer! I hope this helps!
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mishiraK Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah okay! Thanks!
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pastel-taco Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Super helpful! Thank you!
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PHHOX Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
you are a gift
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JABDRAWS Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
it is a great  tutorial thanks !!!! :D
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PuddingMilkPrincess Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2017  Student General Artist
nice!!!!!!!! i love shading tutorials lol
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:iconmcclanaface:
McClanaface Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
really helpful !!
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Lillie1 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This helped me so much! Thank you!! 
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snowyken Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing
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liyuwei Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017
OH I UNDERSTOOD FROM YOUR TUT !!!
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Supercoco142 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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mixjestiic Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Hobbyist

THIS HELPED ME A LOT ;; V ;;
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Supercoco142 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HEY! IT'S YOU!!!!
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mixjestiic Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016  Hobbyist

sup
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GhyrtShine Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! Take a llama good one!
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metallictarantula Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
THANKS SO MUCH! 
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jjxenon Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016
Nice tutorial
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ryousukehikari Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wuaahh...tasukatta. arigatou ne^^
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VirtualDesignerVixen Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very helpful. Thanks for sharing :D.
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Ayame-Takahashii Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thought it was a nose lmao :D (Big Grin) 
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DoodleKnots Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015
How do you make a gradient especially if you are a sai user?
Just pink one side and grey tone on the other and blur with blur tool?
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Fowlgon Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
that is a nose and you can't unsee it
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Smimii Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist
Great tuto very helpful :)
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azucarada Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so helpful! You have a beautiful colouring style. Thanks for posting <3
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rixch Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
nice tutorial. very helpful
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SkylarYozora Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Helpful! Thank you!
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heartzrainbow412 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it possible to create an identical version of your watercolour tool on photoshop??
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Annabel-m Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I haven't used photoshop to colour for a very long time so I'm not entirely sure. But maybe try downloading some custom brushes from here or elsewhere for photoshop and hopefully you might get something similar. 
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heartzrainbow412 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah okay ^^
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ChatarinaTSP Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Student General Artist
This tutorial really helped this alot XP 
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HairBrainedScenes Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
This is a very good tutorial, well thought out and good explanations on every step.  Thanks for sharing. 
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JennaTheDerp Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
At first, I thought that was a really weird nose until you showed the final picture.  LOL!  Thanks for the tutorial, I have a feeling this will help a lot!  :D
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YaTo-5 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorial
Used here: yato-5.deviantart.com/art/Summ…
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itasa Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for tutorial
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Hyenax Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorial! I thought it was a nose at first lol
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BDTite1919 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist
Thanks, mate! :D
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DragoonDraconian Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow so pretty. ( I don't have the mentality for this kinds of shading unfortunately. I'll just keep going as if it's paint :) )
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VibrantSnow Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you, this is extremelly Helpful :iconthankyoualotplz:
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rainbownote Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY-

Okay sorry for like excessively stalking your gallery but this was you!? I faved this ages ago when it came up in my messages box and I didn't even know you made this uwu'

Your colouring is so beautiful baeee *u*
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Annabel-m Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha that's okay.its kinda old but yep I made it:> Awww thanks~
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Kamihanaki Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The shading is so pretty! I don't have Sai, but maybe I can still try to get something similar. Thanks for sharing.
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Annabel-m Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks~
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MrEmerald34 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the tutorial.  I'm starting to learn shading and this helped a lot.
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Annabel-m Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yay~ I'm happy to hear that! :3
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Kiirumu Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
I'm sorry for bothering but the watercolor tool link isn't working ; -; i mean it's not there QAQ
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Annabel-m Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
ah really? okay I'll see if I can fix it. thanks for letting me know :)
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Kiirumu Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
>u< <3
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