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Soft Shading Tutorial via Paint Tool SAI by Sunflorii Soft Shading Tutorial via Paint Tool SAI by Sunflorii
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This tutorial shows how I go about shading using Paint Tool SAI.

It includes a general technique overview and goes into detailed examples on how I shade hair, clothes, and eyes, including my brush settings and layer modes.

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PuddingMilkPrincess Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017  Student General Artist
I have been looking for this! the only question i have is this. I put down the base color for the skin and then i made a new layer for the hair color, however when i colored the hair it got all over areas that arent hair. I have seen alot of artists use the method you just taught but somehow by the end all the base colors are in their place and not touching where they shouldnt... how did you do that? I hope my question makes sense... Thank you so much!
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Sunflorii Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2017
Hmm I'm assuming you mean after making the base colour layer for hair, when adding the shading on top of that, the colour is affecting places that aren't the hair, correct?

The shading layer should be "clipped" on top of your hair colour base layer or any other base layer like skin, clothing, etc. (step 7) So by the end you should have one layer clipped above every one of your base layers (ie. hair + layer clipped to it, shirt + another layer clipped to it, pants, etc) This is the "clipping group" checkbox above where your layers are (there's 3 check boxes there)

Hope that helps!
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PuddingMilkPrincess Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2017  Student General Artist
Thank you so much!!!!! oh! i have one more question for you just to see if you might know lol i noticed when people upload chibis here the background is completely gone and its just the picture... how does one do this? is there an option on deviant art or is it all photoshop? Thank you again sempai!
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River-Le Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2018  Student Digital Artist
i know its late but there isnt an option on DeviantArt but the option on the program you're using! ^^
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Sunflorii Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017
That would be in photoshop, as long as background is transparent when you save!
Happy to help :)
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Everestic Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Professional General Artist
This tutorial is very promising, thank you for making it!☆
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Sunflorii Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016
you're welcome! :D
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DarthTriforce Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi there. Just wanted to say thanks for this tutorial. It sounds really great~ I'll definitely be using it to improve my skills.
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Sunflorii Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016
Glad to hear it :) Cheers!
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DarthTriforce Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome ^^
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ToxicPhantomSan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Do you have a tutorial on making colors Translucent/See-Through?
If you're confused on what I mean I can link you to a example?
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Sunflorii Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016
Hmm link me (:
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ToxicPhantomSan Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Something like this.
michaelalexkawa.files.wordpres…
I've tried every method on Sai to make something look Transparent/See-Through even lowering the Opacity didn't work. @^@
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Sunflorii Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016
Hm! Lowering opacity should work!

i.imgur.com/F9dlF65.png

Do you have a screenshot of what you're working on ?
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ToxicPhantomSan Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I don't have a screenshot of it but, I'm gonna try out your method to see if I get it right this time. Thank you for the help. ^_^
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Sunflorii Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016
Good luck ^7^!
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ToxicPhantomSan Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thankies!~ I'll let you know if it works out well. ^w^
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AsahelR1 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NOW THIS is a real tutorial, If i could, I'd donate (might be able to soon). Thank you soooooooo much
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Sunflorii Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016
So glad you found it helpful! Cheers :D
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Umi-Mar Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016
Thanks for the tutorial, I love this draw *^*
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I-am-Ayla-Cat Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
what are the settings for the oil water tool?
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Sunflorii Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016
There's a link to the brush settings in the FAQ section of my profile!
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I-am-Ayla-Cat Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
ok
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Taelunder Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really helpful ! Thanks you a lot
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DasChui Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
This tutorial is really, really helpful.
I really like how your finished picture turned out.
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Sunflorii Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016
That's great to hear :)
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Washigu Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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I used your tutorial to color one of my drawings! Thank you so much for the help <3
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Sunflorii Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016
Awesome! <33
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Washigu Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^_^ <3
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TheHazmatCat Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been looking for a tutorial for hours now and this one is the only one that has actually helped me. thank youuuu ;v;
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Sunflorii Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016
I'm so glad to hear it!! Any time :DD
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Fosxi Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I highly appreciate this tutorial. Usually I don't express myself, but I had to - that's how useful it was.
Once more, thank you
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Sunflorii Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016
Awesome, best of luck! :)
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NigelBrianMashups Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this! I really suck at coloring. I'll use this tutorial to improve my coloring.
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Prince-Yano Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015
Ugh thank you so much for this~!
I've been looking for a tut like this for the longest time~ / v \
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Sunflorii Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015
Happy to help! Best of luck :)
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pacific-blue-sea Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful .w.
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Ewalynn Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The tutorial is really helpful thanks!:meow:
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lolztehgamer567 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015
Why there's no 15 &16?
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Frappe7 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
this is awesome!
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Solarea Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! This will help me now how to do the right coloring on my chibis :D awesome!
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fish-mina Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ok this is a stupid question but I'm not sure for the first step are you supposed to fill with a color? or just use the magic wand/select tool?
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Sunflorii Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
just magic wand :)
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fish-mina Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thankTHE SOURCE OF ALL NIGHTMARES 
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XDLOWLAD151 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
thx dis helpd so much
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Paluumin Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhhhh you are amazinggggg ;v; Lovely Shoujo Emoji (Huggy Hug) [V2]  this tutorial helped me a lot ;v;

thank youuuuuu :D
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Sunflorii Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
Aww I'm glad it was helpful x
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Honiah Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
quick question.. how do you make a colour gradient?
(really good tutorial btw)
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Sunflorii Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
There's no gradient tool on sai so I just use a very big airbrush instead :)
Thank you!
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Honiah Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Ah! Thanks so much! :)
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