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Fur Tutorial by NukeRooster Fur Tutorial by NukeRooster

-Ignore typos- .-.

This is a basic overview of how I work with fur. I've had a lot of questions and hopefully this answers them.

I use about three layers for fur, and constantly combine them so I can use a clipping mask on the whole subject.

There is no secret fur brush-just a regular hard brush with a few setting changes.

After all this, I cannot stress enough about the importance of practice. I didn't learn this overnight, and this tutorial is not to be taken religiously. You may learn a different way, use a different program, different brushes and settings.

Done in PS CS5.

If by chance you use this, don't worry about linking back. No need to, use it and have fun.

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JarOfLooseScrews Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial, thank you.
thewolfdreamcatcher Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what are the settings to make the brush so you can make fur
RoslynHeightsStables Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The best fur tutorial I've seen up until now, good job! *o*
Fleur1234567890 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015
How many hours to do this ?? Its very beautiful but i imagin that's a very long work... ?
LadyShallandra Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I may have to hunt around for equivalent settings in my apps, but this is still very helpful! Thank you! :3
Wylfen Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Student General Artist
I do already fail at step2 x'D
MEME---QUEEN Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
//I can't seem to find a transfer option? Is there something like it I can use?//
rockerwarriors Featured By Owner Edited Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
if u have other dynamics, that is transfer...
Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I know this is a little outdated, but it's a great tutorial. unfortunately I'm kind of stuck with using da muro. What da muro brushes will come close to capturing this?
Rhaimo Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Alright this is awesome! But when you draw I see some places where the fur is a thick black color instead of blending in. Is that because that's where there is thicker fur? Or is it somethin else. 
NukeRooster Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
This is an old, outdated tutorial tbh.  The thicker black areas represent depth in fur (thick chunks for example.)  I'm not sure if it's pure black or not, but it's better not to go pure black on colored fur.  Even with black fur, a deep, rich blue (or muted, you're choice!) will give you a lot more interest than pure black (unless you're going for b/w or using b/w than going over it with a color layer such as overlay, color, ect) Even in painting, you can mix your primaries with eachother and get some very nice rich, dark colors.  But in most cases, you will probably need to add black to get that extra depth.

I think this might be more of a personal nitpick than anything.  You can experiment and see what you like better, sometimes this way isn't the best. 
Rhaimo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Alright! Maybe you could make a dated version of this?! I really love your fur style and I wanted to try it myself. It doesn't seem like you use this technique on regulr drawings anymore x3 and you are an inspiration to many people :3 
mumblealice17 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi I love your work and thanks so much for the tutorial :) I wondered could you do a tutorial for fluffy fur like in this picture? ~
I'm having trouble trying to make it look fluffy and "cub-like" Sweat Drop revamp 
Sparkermice Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
What's wrong out of date?
Dark-Cynder117 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I will look back at this when I get this program and start drawing my OCs in something besides Muro...
Morticia-Lynne Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Student Writer
I've always had problems drawing just the lineart of fur, but I think I learned how to pretty well by looking at your tutorial for reference. I just had to think of it like a detailed flower XD
OwlComet Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is awesome tutorial!! =D I have always wondered how do almost all artsist draw that fur that looks so real and lovely!! =)

Thank you so much for making this kind of tutorial!! ^^
I really must test to draw this awesome kind of fur!! =3
JoltJab Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
thank you very much for posting this! It will help with my study on drawing animals
XUndead-DannyX Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Thank you so much! This really helped.
Nikoca Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
.. I see sb translated it to France .. :D
Now, can I translate it to Hungarian? ^^
NukeRooster Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
unfortunately I don't have the original file anymore so I'm not sure how'd you do it, but yes, you may translate and re-upload this were you want.  The only thing I ask is a link back to my page so people can find the original source. :)
iCloudZero Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Its so nice of you to do this.. A lot of artists seem to guard the way they .. Uh.. Art like a secret. Thank you for the tutorial.
DistantRedemption Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist
A fur tutorial for PS! La la la la Thank you soo much for making this.
DireWolfwere Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, this is perfect. Thank you so much for sharing c:
I really love the way you paint fur, and it's always such a challenge for me.
MinxFox Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist

Yay this tutorial helped me with the fur on this:…

I just love the way you do fur!

Kawoie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
Does this work for paint tool SAI?
NukeRooster Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
It should!  I have Sai, and it's lines are much smoother than PS so maybe a little rough texture might help in some areas.  :)
SwanFlight Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Will this work for adobe photoshop cs2 because i can't find the transfer box
NukeRooster Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Transfer is 'Other Dynamics' in CS, CS2, and I think CS3.  It does the same thing, it's just called Transfer in later version os PS.
SwanFlight Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh ty so very much You're the best.
Arsevere Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is an amazing tutorial :D It helps that you have a very nice realistic style, too. Great job and thank you! :)
sweetsugariness Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for this <3
Caireboo Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you 😄
AedenSolus Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is far and away the most helpful fur tutorial I've seen to date. Thank you thank you!
Native-Wolfen-Nikita Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial helped me soo much! Thanks alot, Tatchit. ^-^ Your drawings are more than fantastic. c:
Azariia Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hello! Do you still look for someone who can translate this tutorial into German?
I can do it for you, if you want! :)
NukeRooster Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
if you want you're more than welcome to.  C: I no longer have the .psd to this tho.  V:
Azariia Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It's okay, I'll try it with the .png then ^^
NukeRooster Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
c:  you may repost it to your gallery with a link back to mine if you wish!  I give you permission.  ^^
BC-paws Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful! Thank you so much!
Timmyghost Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist
I've always wondered how to create fur of an animal. It was always a mystery to me!
Thank you so much :'D
zummerfish Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello, I featured this here [link] :wave: Thank you for excellent resources! :D
DannArte Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :) found it very useful
Kryptek-K9 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gotta use this when I get a new laptop!
MKcherry Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
I wil be trying this out asap!
aweldeng Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
thank you for this useful tutorial
kaithelonechampion Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you! we are doing auto portraits in art class and we need to represent ourselves in six different wways! I totally needed this!
Kendra-candraw Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I have a hard time figure out how to get fur to look 'right'. This should come in handy
Spinning-Jenny Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student General Artist
This helps so much. Thank you! :heart:
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