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Anime / Visual Novel Backgrounds from photos

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Published: May 13, 2013
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Another tutorial on backgrounds.
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lazygoutHobbyist General Artist
Oh my word this is so useful, thanks so much! Llama Emoji-03 (Sparkles) [V1] 
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TheZeviathanHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for this tutorial, this is exactly what I've been looking for! :+fav:
dhimphy's avatar
dhimphyHobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the tips!
ManaManami's avatar
ManaManamiHobbyist Digital Artist
Very very helpful!
friendlyMiststueck's avatar
Sieht super aus :) Werd es mir zu Herzen nehmen :thumbsup:
TheP4GAN's avatar
Jesus outlining this must have driven you insane.
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sailio717Hobbyist 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 ^^"
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Lemur3sHobbyist 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.
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sailio717Hobbyist 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's avatar
May i ask a question?
for base coloring could you've done the flat color in paint tool sai?
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Lemur3sHobbyist 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's avatar
yeah because i did it with paint tool sai and I use mouse 
so was just  wondering.
AlexFulle's avatar
AlexFulleHobbyist Artist
Amazing! *-* Thank you so much!
OurHands's avatar
OurHandsHobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh, this tutorial's great :O
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ScyllarhiaHobbyist Digital Artist
thank you, really helped me here =)
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white-lotus00Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you, help me so much. . .
Stuttershock's avatar
this is perfect! thanks for such an extensive tutorial!
sweetie603's avatar
sweetie603Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so so much! 
Lululunaluluna's avatar
Double kudosu!

Thanks a lot! :)
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TamashiNoHanaHobbyist 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's avatar
ThisGirlIsAnEnigmaHobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so helpful! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
ReikaSasaki's avatar
ReikaSasakiHobbyist 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!!!
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VixeriaHobbyist Digital Artist
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!
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Lemur3sHobbyist Digital Artist
I´ll send you a note about that!
I should really revise this tutorial once I have time for that since you´re not the first one with questions like that and I guess it´s mainly my fault for doing that method much to complicated in the first place. ^^°
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