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Cel Shade Pallette Plus Alpha by MightyOtaking Cel Shade Pallette Plus Alpha by MightyOtaking
CONSTANTLY UPDATING - this version: 12 MAR 2007

Well, here it is. The latest updated secret weapon in the 5 Tone Teikoku's mighty arsenal. The almighty anime cel shade pallette. Use it in your own anime shading... but beware! Some of these colours might not go together! Don't shade somebody's skin with "Dark Room 2" if the rest of their clothes are in broad daylight! Mix and match, and see what fits...

Use it wisely! It took a lot of putting together....
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Thank you very much for making this, this was (and is) very helpful, just made this using the colors from this chart only:  Yoko LineArt By Xaomi               Colored By TKP by TheKatanaPhilosopher  
Thank you very much again, hope you have a fabulous day/night. Latifa Bowing Icon 
MyoneAbe Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this, you are a genius
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ihatexxx Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
L-Lokakuu Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for posting! I want to learn how to make the older style animé cel shading, and this is very useful.
manaii Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
for painting on warhammer, i knows there's 2 school
dark => light
light => dark
what do you suggest for "anime shadding" ?
Raidell Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I fav'd the other one, but this one has moooooooore! :D
PSD-EMPIRE Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks very much
Laliah Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
May I submit this to my group, #Anime-Resource-Stock?
FalseDisposition Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! This is great! ((love the "pink, dammit!" lmao you're hilarious))
melsr007 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist
This help me out a lot thank :-)
DORMWORLD Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
how do you use
Bethelon Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
Wow, this will really help me a lot. I recently found your Dr. Who shorts on youtube and may I say, you have raised the bar on what's possible. ^^ Your work is inspiring.
It's just a rip on the space-time continuum! What can happen?
Soulslayer317 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
This would be really useful, where would I find stuff like this on DA if you know
MashyTaytew Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Oh lawd you're a genius. :|
These tones are so adsfjlds beautiful when used. THANK YOU :D
OokamiAmaterasu Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You are awesome!!! Hooray for supporting laziness!!! ha ha ha
Psychotic-Bambi Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Professional General Artist
Woah, absolutely amazing man! =D
Thankyou very much for this ^.^
It is much appreciated ^-^
llamas-rule-u Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
whoah this is epic :heart:
bhuckay Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks a lot for this.... this is gonna help me a lot... i'm color blind so it gets kinda difficult at times tryin to find color... thanks a loooooo......tttt!!!
Sirandea Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Wow, this is impressive!
Random coincidence finding it, too. I was just thinking the other day how I wished there was a master color sheet somewhere. And tada! I found this ^-^
kicahanyou Featured By Owner May 26, 2009
Epic Very useful!^^ Thank you for putting this together and up^^
pietzsche Featured By Owner May 11, 2009
This is really cool tyvm:)
Pigeonheart Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Student Digital Artist
thank you so much!
i have trouble coloring people in the dark,but now I've found a solution to that problem~!
thanks again!
Kazehana-Ayame Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
That... is going to be handy. O: Thanks for sharing. 8D
Mabru-Black Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!! this is really useful!!! For me, that I'm only beggining to understand how to shade, makes me things easier!!!! Soo gonna use it!!!!
Hot-tub Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
Wow, thank you so much for this. I don't use it for cell shading I use it for mid points in my regular shading. It is really helpful for the darker shades.
looselife Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
asyeek! thank for sharing... it will helpfull ^_^
LordOfPastries Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
so this is an updated version of the last one?
artsystacy1 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Student
thank you for posting this !!!
LCAisling Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive amount of work here.
ladyz0e Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008  Professional Artist
Don't you think it is better for an artist to choose their own colors and work out their own color theory practices rather than have a cheat sheet in front of them? This is the easy way out. To be a good artist, you have to develop and experiment in coloring on your own, deciding what you as an individual want in your color schemes.

What works for YOU might not work for someone else. Maybe it would be *fun* to shade in 'dark room 2' when one is in the sunlight, to see how it would look. Theres no right or wrong way to color.

The BEST advice to give someone is to just go out and do it yourself - don't make it easy to become a lazy artist by giving away color guides. It limits a person's perspective of what is acceptable in art. Everything is acceptable!
Royce-Barber Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I know this is old, but going out and doing something yourself is absolutely the wrong way to do things. If a farmer goes and hops in an army tank and just wings it, he's gonna end up in a lot of trouble. If he instead copies the way the US military functions, and gets into the army, then he can go out and design his own tanks with the vast perspective he's built up from seeing others work.
ladyz0e Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional Artist
comparing art to military training? That, to me, is wrong. Art isn't a formula. It is whatever you want it to be. If you want to use a bright red with an equally bright blue for whatever reason, you have the freedom to do so. Theres no right way to do art. Thankfully, it is the furthest thing from a military training regiment.

Part of the beauty of art is if a farmer does want to try out a military tank, he can, and no one can tell him not to, and he isn't in the wrong to try. He's exploring unknown territory, blazing his own trail. Seeing what works for him personally, and growing to be a decision making individual

Every artist is different. We are all a unique fingerprint. What works for this individual is good for him, but I believe an artist should form their own personal color palette rather than using someone elses. Its impersonal, and lazy. If every artist/drawer/illustrator person decided to use this very color palette to color their pieces, well...that would be an incredibly boring and humdrum collection of art. Because it would all be exactly the same color-wise. Maybe so and so likes more red in their pictures, and such and such likes more blue. Why must people conform themselves to a limited choice? You have a whole spectrum to work with.

And if youre into doing pieces with mood/atmospheric lighting, you should rather be studying real life and taking your lessons from there rather than going on deviantart and using a cheat sheet. Only by observing the world around you can you truly draw your world.
Royce-Barber Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You don't enjoy the comparison of art to national security? Are you saying the military is crude, unjust, ugly, or unworthy of your mighty artist powers? :)

I happen to love and care for our troops, and I considder them to be art in every possible way. They are a collection of humans synchronised by training, each offering their best on top of the set standard aka template they learned.

They stand on the shoulders of giants.

I see what you're saying, to be origional, and while that works for some, it doesn't for others. Not everyone has anything origional to show off, and I'm sorry if that hurts you but many people are not suited to be an artist. Same with cooking, which is also an art, many people are just horrible at it.

To express ones art, you have to know the tools. Give a paint brush to a child, they will scribble, and you'll like it because it was a child. Give the paintbrush to that same kid 30 years later, and it'll still be scribble. Let them scribble for two years on a giant canvas, and it'll STILL be scribble! Perhaps slightly more inventive but not much. This of course varries from person to person.

BUT! If you expose that person to other works of art, if you inspire and educate them, then all the sudden they will be able to master anything you present them with, and it'll be as origional and creative as anything else out there.

I'm making a case for education as much as I am for art. If the person doesn't have templates and college under their belt, then how will they know what tools are even out there? How will they know how to write in cursive, or the difference between 8bit colors and 32bit colors? And yea, Photoshop is also art.

I agree with a lot of what you're saying, but as a child I did a lot of tracing and coloring in books, and because of that I love art. I'm not an active artist within dA, but I still love art very much and I do have a natural resistance to following others templates and works. But that resistance, doesn't need to be there.

This is a community of sharing. That's the whole love aspect of being a person. You take anothers work and build on it. <3
ladyz0e Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Professional Artist
I..don't know where you're getting the military-bit from. I just disagree with saying art is step 1) step 2) step 3) when it could just as easily be those numbers in any kind of order one wants. I was using your own metaphor, or comparison, or whatever you'd call that.

Your opinion on the military is a moot point as we are not discussing the military.

Trust there are god awful artists out there. But, also, theres a blurred line to what is "bad" and what is "good". Because art is so subjective to a persons own tastes, what you may find bad may be good to another. I agree that education is important in art. But the right kind of education. Educating oneself by observing the world around them and trying to translate that in ones own personal way, taking a figure drawing class, etc. Not using cheat sheets. Not seeing that this one guy has done all his own observing already and has reached a point where the colors he uses works for him and then just copying that.

But, even though education in art is important, we also must remember a person can become an amazing artist without ever stepping foot into a class. If they self-teach themselves they can potentially be as good as the person who spent money to take the courses to become good. The importance is self discipline, self education, not so much formula. Thats why I am so opposed to a cheat sheet. (and to the author I'm not lashing out at you. It just opened up a conversation thats all hehe) theres no discipline to copying. You're not thinking when you do that.

As for the scribbles on canvas, I wonder what your opinion is of people like Jackson Pollock whose entire body of work is nothing but scribbles?

This is a perfect example of "what works for some may not for others". Perhaps you do not like abstract art? But to other people this kind of art is intelligent and masterful. This is the basis of my argument. Art is subjective, and personal. And so developing ones own tastes through education and observation is important rather than saying "this guy is using this set palette for this scene, so it works, so I will use it too." You form your own opinion of art and your own formula, and your formula is no worse than the next guys formula.
MightyOtaking Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008  Professional Filmographer
The only acceptable art is 1980-1996 anime art! All else must be exterminated!
Joking aside, this is hardly a cheat sheet. I'm just offering the resources an anime studio of the golden age would have had. This is just a fraction of the colours on offer.
ladyz0e Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008  Professional Artist
eh. p 3p; Whatev.
Coraima Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
great work thx :-)
shiroandfubuki Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
This contains SO MUCH AWESOME. *immediately favs*
Kataoi Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
Ahh! I apologize for having not said anything before, but these have helped me a great deal ever since I started cel-shading. Thanks for putting it together, it's been a wonder to have.
Platynews Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Student Digital Artist
i LOVE you

i SUCK at choosing shading colors xD
Renra Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008
Best Pallette EVAR! Thank you for taking the time to put this together n_n.
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Thx lah~ >.<
RageVX Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Say think you can add a eyes behind visor DBZ scouter? perhaps also a difference between male and female color skin. I manage to get stuff mixed up ><
SHADOWPRIME Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
Dude you are brilliant for making this, I feel like a whole new world of colouring is open to me!!!!!
redshinigami Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007   Writer
i like seriously love this. adding to my favorites.
Thank you for sharing <3
chibi-bunni-chan Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2007
This is niiice.
Thanks for taking the time to put it together. :nod:
som-fan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007

Thank you.^^
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