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Fur Tutorial

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Note: I apologize in advance--if you full-view this, which I do highly recommend, you will find that it is a rather TREMENDOUSLY HUGE file. By huge I mean a resolution of about 1200x1200. So it might take a minute to load, and you'll probably have to scroll around to look at all the details.


Yes! The long-awaited fur tutorial is here. It's not very thorough, I think, was late when I created it and, sketchy though it may be, I think it gets the basic point across.

Keep in mind this is a tutorial based on Photoshop as the art program. I might try to make more later, for different programs.

Give it a try, and show me what you can make! And please do let me know if this tutorial helped you at all. ^_^

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PoisonedLoveaj's avatar
do u need a tablet? :I
Scratchy-Sylva's avatar
Scratchy-SylvaHobbyist Digital Artist
It's very helpful! You can also do this in GIMP aswell. :)
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DamnedWindHobbyist General Artist
I tryed it, too, the result is not as good as your's, but better than before.^^ I haven't got the dodge and burn tools... I don't really know how to make the fur on the head, maybe you can give me some tips?
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AldebaranJewel Digital Artist
Thank you, I've been trying a technique similar to this without much success.  You've explained it very well, so I'm sure I'll get better results this time.  :)
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ReeWinterHobbyist Digital Artist
Nice tuto! I think (and hope :D) this works with the gimp, too
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aevrynnHobbyist General Artist
Yay! Fur! Thanks for the tutorial. :D
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aevrynnHobbyist General Artist
Damn. Attack of the dodge and burn tools... Don't have those.
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Scratchy-SylvaHobbyist Digital Artist
Use GIMP. It's free and had the dodge and burn tools!
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aevrynnHobbyist General Artist
Ehh the problem with my art program is that it's quite different from most other programs, but I still like it. It's just that I have to improvise a bit if I want to use the same techniques that work for other programs.
RobertRijkers's avatar
great...started doing dogportraits recently and the fur always gives me headaches...going to try this method and see how it goes ;p
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sseumdoStudent Digital Artist
Thank u~!
Wolvenlights's avatar
First of all thank you for posting this tutorial! It's helped me sooooo much!
I'm posting a link to one of the pictures I'm working on using what you taught me. Tell me how I'm doing so far
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The-Darkness-of-FellHobbyist General Artist
What if you're doing a black wolf character? Brown?
GinnyW3's avatar
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I used it to make my first wolf, though the fur isn't nearly as great as yours. Well, I am using a mouse, not a tablet...still, NO EXCUSE! XD I'll get better. Thanks again!
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KonoeitheWolfSpiritHobbyist General Artist
So pretty! My gosh, I love it! <3
DanteSmilodon's avatar
Really simply and useful, thank you~
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ZShellArtHobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks a bunch! you rock
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InterfectorFactoryStudent General Artist
Is step three an new layer?
Meaning the highlights and the dark fur are not one layer, know what I mean?

It's helping me a lot btw ^^
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firagareHobbyist General Artist
Ohh, I must try that! ^^
Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us! x3
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RubyianHobbyist General Artist
I used this tutorial to draw my Platypus if you want to see :)
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RubyianHobbyist General Artist
Cool thanks!
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LunaNightSkyHobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial was very helpful! :heart: :hug:
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I'm using your method to touch up the fur on the werewolf in my gallery; I remember painstakingly trying to find a preferred method for making fur, but I ended up hating the end result. I'll let you know how well I accomplished the touch-up! :)

Thanks for posting this!
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PiffsheepHobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this tutorial is absolutely amazing!
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