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Soft and Cell Shading Guide - PSD File by Nouraii Soft and Cell Shading Guide - PSD File by Nouraii
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A little guide to show the difference between these three shading techniques. I hope it is clear enough. It is not a tutorial, just showing the differences along side the brushes I used.

  • Cell shading is what you see in anime shows. There's little shading on the skin and mostly no mid-tone or highlight. You can still add mid-tones if you want to show more depth to the shading and make it less flat.
  • Cell-soft shading is using the two techniques together. There's hard edges that shows the hard lighting and hard shadow that it creates. And there's soft edges created from soft lighting. This shading is more cell than soft in most anime style.
  • Soft shading is simply painterly and blended edges. And compared to cell shading and soft-cell, it is more 'spread' out. It is closer to realistic painting, though realistic painting also have hard edges.
  • There's a lot of mid-tones in this guide because they are important. They are darker than highlight and base color, and a bit more saturated than the shadow.
This is from my own experience.

This is the first of the coloring tutorials that people asked me to do.



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Aaurapari Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really useful!  Though, I wish there was a tutorial on how to do this for MediBang Paint Pro...  (My Paint Tool SAI doesn't register most of my brush strokes.)
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BrushFox Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Been looking for something like this, thanks!
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Heart-2-Soul Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I downloaded it but didnt buy it thanks
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shadowbloodline Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
amazing
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evelynkim Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Student Digital Artist
:iconaliacatil: this is so helpful!
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aliacatil Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Student Digital Artist
boo thanks
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mistyyyiku Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
helpful
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Anisa-Mazaki Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
What? There''s a middle (cell-soft) o.o
LOL!
And I thought I was trying too hard/doing something wrong o.o
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Miridith Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016  Hobbyist
Thankies for that tutorial! Is really helpfull ;w; :heart:
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Ocetee Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Really helpful :D
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Mayleth Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016
Sooo helpful!! Great tutorial!
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SashaStub Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016  Student General Artist
I'll try this some time when I draw something where I want to make cell-shading :)
Great tutorial!
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NyanPaten Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for this i always need it 
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Sairento-chan Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is perfect, thank you so much!
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Saltantan Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016
Just asking, did you use Fringe effect on the cell shade?
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Nouraii Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, just used a darker color and added a line here and there.
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White-Lapen Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks for showing the difference!
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Nouraii Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem!
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