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Giant Shading Tutorial
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Published: August 5, 2011
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2014 update: This is quite old but hopefully may still be helpful! Remember to reference a bunch of different tutorials. I honestly didn't know a whole lot when I made this so it's very surface level. BUT if it's any help I'm very glad! Now go study from some photos and such! Also, recommended reading is James Gurney "Color and Light".


Due to popular demand.... here's a shading tutorial!


-This is just one guide! There are many other useful tutorials out there that go into more detail about certain points!
-Remember to learn about shading and lighting from photos and not just from art and tutorials. Don't copy other people's mistakes!
-I am not by any means a master of any of this... remember that you're the one choosing to follow my tutorial, if you do haha!

With that said.... ENJOY!


Also, I've created a Supplement: Shading Tut Supplement by TamberElla
And please view part two! Long Fur Shading Tutorial by TamberElla
OLD Tutorial on Multiply Layers: Photoshop Multiply Layer Tut by TamberElla
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NikuComics's avatar
NikuComics|Professional Digital Artist
now THAT is how a tutorial is made! I don't use photoshop but I should be able to get my way around it. Thank you!
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ArtsyChick19|Hobbyist General Artist
I can't shade for the life of me, and when I stumbled upon this, I about cried. Thank you!! This is so helpful, and this will be my go-to when I am trying to teach myself! Thank you so much, Tam! Even though this is really old, its awesome.

Please stay awesome and please keep making these amazing tutorials!
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StrayTheTrue|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaa I really needed this! Thank you!
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This is the best shading tutorial I've ever found!
But...... I still can't shade. ¯\_( ;-; )_/¯
I just don't know what's wrong with me that I can't do that.
With this, I'll never improve.

Oh well TuT
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uHHHH-SkInNY-PeNIs|Hobbyist Digital Artist
you improve every time you draw something, hun. Don't worry about it.
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SkelianeDee|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I first like to cell shade amd then I blurr it all
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Lemonakita|Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome tutorial! Thank you so much!!
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Stardust-Lilacs|Student Digital Artist
Oooo this is really helpful! Do you think you’ll ever do one on Texture? I can’t do texture at all ;-;
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xKzan|Student Digital Artist
Man, I love you! thank you so much
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ViolentParoxysm|Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredibly in-depth! Thank you so very much!
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Shadzerios|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I must say this is the best shading tutorial that I have seen, which shows how big difference the light and shading colors have with the character colors and the mood of the image. It's so awesome~! :omgnoes: 
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This is seriously amazing, thank you so much for making all these tutorials to help people!!
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H0TAR0|Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really useful you know thank you so much ^^
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RndomRPGer|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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Westerlund2|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome. Makes my life easier.
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BeeProdigy|Hobbyist General Artist
I still found this very useful also. Thank you so much ^ 3 ^
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nolmet's avatar
"This is quite old". Well, it's 2017 and this is still very useful. Thank you!
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ChishioOchita|Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is wonderful. Thank you!
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Skryzein|Hobbyist General Artist
Thaaaaank yooooouuu! I know very little about shading and colouring, but this is so easy to understand I would cry! I'm going to fav this and the second part ò_ó right now.
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DrStash|Hobbyist Digital Artist
For me, personally, what has helped me grow, was using a looot of different colors. Instead of shading with a darker color, take a dark blue. Perhaps a red. Even if the base color is brown or red f.ex. 
To anyone trying to improve with art/coloring, just try it out. Try almost ever color there is. Mix them together. It looks great, I promise!
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ISnowHeartI|Student Digital Artist
What texture or brush you use to make realism?
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caprikrn|Student General Artist
Thank you so much!! Here's the piece you helped me create: caprikrn.deviantart.com/art/ma…

And I'm going to attempt to play with the different colored lightings to change up the mood next time I do a full body piece o3o
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caprikrn|Student General Artist
AGH the part about color lighting is bae
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