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Another tutorial on backgrounds.
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lazygout Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my word this is so useful, thanks so much! Llama Emoji-03 (Sparkles) [V1] 
TheZeviathan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for this tutorial, this is exactly what I've been looking for! :+fav:
dhimphy Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the tips!
ManaManami Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016   Digital Artist
Very very helpful!
friendlyMiststueck Featured By Owner May 8, 2016
Sieht super aus :) Werd es mir zu Herzen nehmen :thumbsup:
TheP4GAN Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016
Jesus outlining this must have driven you insane.
sailio717 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there! I'm kinda new to Paint SAI, and I've read both of your background tutorials. I wanted to know how you get you're curves so nice? One of my practice images has a round table in it, and my curves just end up looking awkward and kinda blocky. Do you have any tips? Or is it just practice?

Also, I use Photoshop CS6, and I'm pretty comfortable with its pen tool, have you ever tried using the pen tool in place of SAI? Or do you just prefer SAI?

Sorry for all the questions ^^"
Lemur3s Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I usually use the "curved line" tool in SAI and I work on a really high image resolution (this will cover up some minor problems with the outlines in the final scaled down image).
I´m also quite familiar with Photoshops pen tool and I really like it too.
Using the tool from SAI instead of the Photoshop one is just a habit of mine, because I slightly prefer this one (like you already guessed right ^^). If it weren´t for SAI, I would definitely use the pen tool of Photoshop.
sailio717 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaaah, I didn't even think about when its scaled down, that makes a lot of sense. I'll have to toy around with both SAI and the pen tool to see which one I like more.

Thanks so much for answering my questions :D I'll be sure to come back if I have any more ^^
RoselinaChan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
May i ask a question?
for base coloring could you've done the flat color in paint tool sai?
Lemur3s Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course you can also use paint tool sai.
In fact, if you´re using a tablet, this will be probably a lot more comfortable than using Photoshop because of the tools in Sai.
I just used Photoshop because I´m more used to the selection tool there and I´m usually doing the base coloring with a mouse and not a tablet (just an old habit of mine).
RoselinaChan Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
yeah because i did it with paint tool sai and I use mouse 
so was just  wondering.
AlexFulle Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing! *-* Thank you so much!
OurHands Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh, this tutorial's great :O
Scyllarhia Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you, really helped me here =)
white-lotus00 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you, help me so much. . .
Stuttershock Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
this is perfect! thanks for such an extensive tutorial!
sweetie603 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so so much! 
Lululunaluluna Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Double kudosu!

Thanks a lot! :)
TamashiNoHana Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Wow! Thank you, this is very helpful! It's just what I was looking for, and the tutorial is really to understand. Youre a Live safer! :happybounce: 
ThisGirlIsAnEnigma Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so helpful! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
ReikaSasaki Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I suck at backgrounds. This is just perfect!!!! I can finally create beautiful backgrounds!!!
Thank you so much and God bless people like you giving us a treasure tutorial like this one.
When I upload a picture with your tutorial used I'll link it back :D

Thank you!!!
Vixeria Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Okay, um, I'm stuck on numbers four and five (gauss blur and repeat). Is number three (clipping mask) extremely essential or can it be done without it? I'm using gimp to accomplish this, and it can do everything PS can do, but you have to do it a bit differently.

Anyway, when you say that you have to repeat things and do everything individually, do you mean do everything individually and and keep duplicating the photo layer, or just keep repeating the blur effect, or what? I'm not a newbie (far from it actually) but for some reason I'm having trouble getting it right.

I guess until I get a reply from this particular post, I will keep experimenting with it or something.
Btw, great tutorial! I've been looking for a new method of doing this - I had been doing everything the hard way! Welp, back to work!

P.S. Your help will be much appreciated!
Lemur3s Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ill send you a note about that!
I should really revise this tutorial once I have time for that since youre not the first one with questions like that and I guess its mainly my fault for doing that method much to complicated in the first place. ^^
oblax17 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Artist
hello for the coloring part how come the first image is just basecolor but when in the next image it has shadows now? did you manually paint it there? 
Lemur3s Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The only thing I painted manually are the basecolours (to define the colours and the shapes). The shading-layer above the base-colour-layer is basically the photo with a gaussian-blur filter on it. If you set the layer mode of this blurred photo to "multiply" and lower its opacity to 60% you should get the desired result.
You may want to correct the blurred photo a bit by painting manually over it if youre not satisfied with the outcome.

I have to admit that this method can be a bit tricky and Im actually not really satisfied with the result. Im still working on a better way to draw backgrounds. Once I find a better way, Ill make another tutorial after I streamlined my new method but I still have a long way to go ^^
oblax17 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Artist
:((( im so happy i finally found a useful tutorial ~ this is exactly the type of tutorial i have been looking for agesss! Thank you
LordVaynard Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
wildekitkat Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Wow this is very helpful, thank you very much :D
Shiro110493 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, this is awesome xD, i'm being stuck on bg making for my KN when i see this tutorial xD.
Anime-Angel Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Thank you, this will definitely help me out! :)
owlcity89 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is great! Thanks!!
Lemur3s Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Im glad you like it :3
ShekinaShalom Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very useful tutorial :)

may i ask what program did you use to make visual novels? Thanks :)
Lemur3s Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I havent released anything yet but I am going to use RenPy (a free software) for my visual novel. I downloaded it and it seems to be pretty easy to use (at least thats my first impression from working with it a few days).
Infos can be found at their homepage [link]
ShekinaShalom Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ahh Thanks :)
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