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How To Go From CellShadeTo Painterly
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Published: April 23, 2014
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For those who needs to transition from just cell shade into lineless painting. I did find alot of people struggled with that transition, including myself in the past, hope this tutorial makes it easier. 

Disclaimer: 
+ This tutorial progress is different from the traditional painting process which includes alot more figuring out, this is not a fun method, just a fast one. 
+ Don't forget to add rim light and fractal light, as in cell shade usually won't have those as obviously. 
+this tutorial won't help with drawing problems and shadow and lighting... See my other tutorials on Cell shade for lighting: fav.me/d5agypr

My example comparison: 

Cell shade                       VS              painted
Edepth anime poster by mayshing           Edepth- the Kings by mayshing
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1500x3933px 1.52 MB
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Software
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
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Lunangel07Hobbyist
I always always wondered how to do this....hmm I kinda want to be able to do a mix of both. Hehe
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mayshingProfessional Filmographer
its not how i actually paint unless i need to sprint my stuff out, but the idea of it helps transition from cell shade to painting. 
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Lunangel07Hobbyist
Oh I see! It's very helpful regardless. ^_^ So thank you again <3333
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mayshingProfessional Filmographer
ur welcome. ^_^
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i think its easier to learn painterly style when you mastered celshade, no kidding here, I degraded into flat coloring when I realize that I can't even fill a lineart neatly, :lmao:
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mayshingProfessional Filmographer
Yes, its painterly style is basically a very... detailed, accurate cell shading work. lol The more accurate you put in the detail the better it is. 
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tiffaProfessional Digital Artist
Cool! I'll have to give this a shot! I'm terrible at line-less styles D=.
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mayshingProfessional Filmographer
I think you will master it in no time. ^^
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hefeigalHobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this! I've never used cell shading personally, but the bit about not blurring the edges was really helpful. :D
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mayshingProfessional Filmographer
I was really into blurring too when I first started. haha. *still have to undo my blurring habit*
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bluedrgnMethyProfessional Digital Artist
Oh wow this is extremely helpful! Thanks!
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fusionmarioartProfessional General Artist
this is very beautiful  but can u explain to me  how to make a shadow layer and if u please a gradient color background in sai
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mayshingProfessional Filmographer
Shadow: Just make a new layer and set it on multiply mode in Sai.
Gradient, there are no gradient tool in sai, what I would do is make a new layer, and just paint on there and blur the edges to make it a gradient. 
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fusionmarioartProfessional General Artist
thanx a lot
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mayshingProfessional Filmographer
ur welcome. :)
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SoarinSorayaHobbyist Writer
This was incredibly interesting, and now I'm tempted to try it out myself! Thanks for sharing. *Smiles and bows*
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mayshingProfessional Filmographer
let me know how it goes and if there's something you didn't quite get let me know. 
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SoarinSorayaHobbyist Writer
Thanks and will do! *Smiles and salutes*
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Josh592 Writer
Super helpful!
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mayshingProfessional Filmographer
:) glad it helps you. 
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