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Chu's Lineart-less Coloring Tutorial by chuwenjie Chu's Lineart-less Coloring Tutorial by chuwenjie
noooo why are we no longer able to have preview images? D;
I had a cool thumb prepared and everything. :x

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:icondotaandme:
DotAandMe Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
That's really useful! :D
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:iconcharisamation:
charisamation Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial!!! Thank you for sharing . :)
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DeepRhapsody Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
!!!!
Thank you so much for this! I've never realized I could use Fringe for that cleaner/more finished look, thank youu~
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:iconlordjanthran:
LordJanthran Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
just curious, how many layers do you usually use? is the face skin on a different layer from the rest of the skin?
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:iconchuwenjie:
chuwenjie Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
For this particular drawing, maybe one layer for the skin, one for hair, and one for clothes.  So about 3 layers plus the background I think
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LordJanthran Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
hmm, okay. For some reason I seem to have trouble getting the chins to be so.. contrasted to the necks. I guess it's just a coloring issue
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:iconeos-asta:
Eos-Asta Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You make it look so easy... x_x I am going to keep practicing. Thank you for the tutorial it is very very helpful
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:iconchuwenjie:
chuwenjie Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
glad it was useful! :D
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:iconwindia-natahime:
Windia-NataHime Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
very helpful! XD
Thanks
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:iconchuwenjie:
chuwenjie Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
no problem!
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:iconangel-line:
Angel-Line Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice tutorial, thank you! :3
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:iconchuwenjie:
chuwenjie Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
No problem!
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:iconmoon231:
MOON231 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is pretty helpful, thank you! >v<
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:iconchuwenjie:
chuwenjie Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No problem at all <3
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Muramasa777 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seems cool. Might give a try.
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:iconchuwenjie:
chuwenjie Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
alright, awesome!
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:iconpandorarodriguez:
PandoraRodriguez Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for this tutorial!
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:iconchuwenjie:
chuwenjie Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem!
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:iconhevirago:
Hevirago Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student General Artist
You Miss, Just made my month. I Love you for this! I've been searching and searching and here it it! THANK YOOOOUUUUUUUU!!!!
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:iconchuwenjie:
chuwenjie Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a ton haha;;
I'm glad you like it! :D
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:iconmysteriousb:
MysteriousB Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I never would have thought of this! Thank you for sharing! :aww:
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:iconchuwenjie:
chuwenjie Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem!
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:icon8arah:
8arah Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Thats awesome, thank you! :D
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:iconchuwenjie:
chuwenjie Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! :D
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:iconaxelhotfire:
axelhotfire Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a great tutorial, I've been wanting to learn this style of coloring for awhile.

But I have a stupid question, hope you dont mind.^^ I did one layer for the sketch, and another for the base colors. When I put it in fringe, the base colors get it, not only the watercolor shading. Is it supposed to be like that, or am I supposed to put the shading on a different layer? cause when I did that, it didn't blend with the base colors.
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:iconchuwenjie:
chuwenjie Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, the base color should get the fringe :D
If you don't like the effect, alternatively you can also use the Poster Edges filter in Photoshop (which I discovered AFTER creating this tutorial, haha). It creates a much more natural and water-colory look, in my opinion. :]
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axelhotfire Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh okay, I'll try that too. Thank you again, and yes I love watery looks too. :,3
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blue-orgy Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
This is great! Thanks! Is there possibly a way to get this version of SAI on Mac? I have one of the older versions, but it's missing a lot of components that everyone else seems to have. Any ideas?
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:iconchuwenjie:
chuwenjie Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Unfortunately I don't think the newer versions of SAI run on Mac D;
My friend had the same problem.
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:iconblue-orgy:
blue-orgy Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Aaaah oh no! Well, thank you anyway! I shall do with what I have. Thanks again for the tutorial!
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ravenlachrimae Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
im going to try this sooner! thanks for the tutorial!!!
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:iconchuwenjie:
chuwenjie Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad it was helpful! <3
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SiCK-of-ThiS Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yay!! No line art!!! :squee:
Super helpful ^3^ I'll use this later on....
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chuwenjie Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you found it useful!
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Toyoue Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FFF I never even thought of using fringe to help with lineless art! This technique is awesome. xD Thanks for the help!
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chuwenjie Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, no problem at all! Glad you found it useful~
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:iconxxnamaste:
xXNamaste Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love this!! thank you!
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:iconchuwenjie:
chuwenjie Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem at all!
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:iconkirajoleen:
Kirajoleen Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I wasn't aware of the fringe setting! Im terrible at lineart, so this is SO helpful thank you so much!
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:iconchuwenjie:
chuwenjie Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you found it useful~ :heart:
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:iconlou2209:
lou2209 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I tried this out here [link]
It turned out pretty good, I'll be doing it again :B
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:iconchuwenjie:
chuwenjie Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you found it useful! :D
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DarkNext Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok, this is pretty useful to say the least, line-less art can be a little hard to come by
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:iconchuwenjie:
chuwenjie Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you found it helpful!
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Kuroo-Wolfy Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
This is reaaaaally great! : D Probably it's one of the most useful methods! But I need some help with the opacity thingy ;__; even if I lock it, it still gets over the lines.. is there something I forgot? D: (newbie with paint tool sai ;w;)
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chuwenjie Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart:
Hmm, I'm not sure what you mean. If you're locking the opacity right, the colors you apply shouldn't go out of the boundaries. Are all of the elements of your painting on separate layers before you preserve opacity?
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Kuroo-Wolfy Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Ugh, nevermind! I realised I was looking at the wrong opacity button thingy XDDD mehehe.. I'm so clumsy oh god ;w; Make more tutorials btw, you're so good at explaining :''D :heart:
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TheArcticFlame Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used your tutorial for this picture. [link]
It's not as good as your drawings, but I just need practice. ;w;
Thanks for making this tutorial.
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chuwenjie Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, it looks really nice! Glad that my tutorial was helpful. :]
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sealartonline Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I usually do painting/lineless colouring, but I'm pretty surprised you use the fringe tool! I usually use that at most for just extra shadows at the end that I feel would have ended blah if I just painted on the main layer. This does make sense though, and allows skipping of that annoying step of drawing back in outlines *A*.

I'm really bad when it comes to working with multiple layers with lineless colouring though, but it's nice to see how other people work! I might try using fringe when dealing with hair next time - drawing back in outlines for hair is a nightmare ;A;!!

That said, ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. <3
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