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Paint tool SAI tutorial: Color overlay by secret-pony Paint tool SAI tutorial: Color overlay by secret-pony
Here's a nifty Paint tool SAI trick that can help you adjust the colors of your drawings to add to your shading and highlights, or to create a certain mood or atmosphere!
I often use this to give my shading that little something extra... it kind of makes it look more dynamic... or something :giggle:

Play around with different colors on the overlay layer to see for yourself how it affects your drawings!
In general your colors will come out more saturated, so be sure your base colors aren't too bright on their own!
You can also limit your overlay colors to just the corners or edges of your drawing or adjust the opacity to make the effect less outspoken! :nod:

Image used in this tutorial:
Flutterbat - Bronycon Print by secret-pony

Please don't ask me how it's done in Photoshop, Ilustrator, GIMP... 
Odds are it's very similar, but I can't say for sure! I have never used any other program but SAI for drawing. ^^;

If you're looking for more resources for drawing with SAI or drawing ponies in particular, check out my other tutorials and step by step processes.
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:iconyamibones:
yamibones Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2018
thank you so much!!
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Someday-Tokay Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
* o * this tutorial is magical and I am amazed
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Path-Way Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This was very simple and very useful. Thank you very much for posting this.
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killcodes Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my gosh this is so useful!! thank you so much!!
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Sarah-Ann-Harris Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
 My drawings were looking so dead and dull before this, thanks for such an easy tutorial!
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Pynopipyompyom Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Wow! this really makes sense!! thankyou so much!!~ 
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Eiine Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016
Wow
That was really helpful!
Thanks!
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:iconairllner:
AirLlner Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016
Sorry to bother, But how do you actually activate Overlay?
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Sorry for the late reply.

Make a separate layer for your overlay effect and set the layer mode of that layer to "overlay".
There's a screenshot way at the top of the tutorial. c:
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:iconcristalg:
cristalg Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Simple and clean! Thanks for sharing! :3
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sararima Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
can you please tell me what canvas size to use?and thank you your tutorials are so helpful ^^
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I usually start with a blanc A4 canvas (preset in Sai, forgot the pixel size) for sketching. I usually end up using only 1/4th and I crop the canvas when the sketch is done x3
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sararima Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016
This is so helpful thank you again^^
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
No problem! x3
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AllmiZ Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing tutorial >w<
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you ^^
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:iconallmiz:
AllmiZ Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
np ^^
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Kyoshyu Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooooooooooooh.
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:iconanightlypony:
aNIGHTLYpony Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Student General Artist
Aaaah, so THAT'S how it works. i experimented this a few times before but this explains it well. thank you for this tutorial!
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
No sweat! Good luck! :)
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kyo4kusanagi Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
O v O tutorial cx 
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
yay! :dummy:
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:iconkyo4kusanagi:
kyo4kusanagi Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yayyyyy cx 
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F0XBLAZE Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
......... I actually kind of like the effect when you showed what it would look like without the overlay setting, looks very dreamlike ;u;
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hahaha xD B- but that wasn't the point!!! xD
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:iconf0xblaze:
F0XBLAZE Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BUT IT'S BEAUTIFUL!
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:icon3vilpyro:
3vilpyro Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the new tutorial, Secret!!! 
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You're very welcome, you adorable munchkin
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:icon3vilpyro:
3vilpyro Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Tomoyo Blushing Icon s...secret-sempai
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Baka Pyro, I am no senpai Yuuta Togashi (Shy Blush) [V1] 
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:icon3vilpyro:
3vilpyro Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
then WHY did you get sempai gift? 

RIDDLE ME THAT, SECRET
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Obviousy you were trying to make a Peppy, but all of a sudden it turned out black and red, with a bag. Go home Pyro, you're drunk!

(I love it so much! He's so cute with his little bag and everything!)
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:icon3vilpyro:
3vilpyro Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i'm so glad you guys liked them :3 I gotta post pics
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Kired25 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Cool! I'll have to try this in the art piece I'm currently working on :D

The process for Illustrator would be similar. It just involves a couple different tools (gradients, transparency masks) and a great deal more time X3
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Alright-y! Hope it'll work well for you too! ^^
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:iconkired25:
Kired25 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! <3
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MelodyChan96 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
Or, you can add all layers in one folder, and then create the clipping group :0
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Very true! ^^
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broqentoys Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
oo beautiful, just not sure if it'll work for other programs D:
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks. I have no idea, to be honest xD
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PandoraLawliet Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really useful! 
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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TheNornOnTheGo Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are just pumping out the tutorials ^-^ great work again!
This very helpful tip :D
I do the same thing with 'multiply' when I want a dark tone to the picture ^-^
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I do too, but I just this thing even on top of that! :giggle: 
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