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Realism Tutorial
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Published: March 28, 2007
© 2007 - 2019 yumix
This step by step and carefully explained tutorial covers basic eye/face coloring, detailed hair and fur, etc. (mostly basics on how to do realistic drawings)

! PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT A TUTORIAL ON HOW TO DRAW THE HUMAN ANATOMY OR REALISTIC FORMS, but instead is a tutorial for how to cg or color realistically.

Since many people keep asking me if this works on photoshop versions such as 7.0, CS, CS2 or CS3, the answer is yes. If this works in ps elements then it should obviously work on higher versions.

Wow! I see my tutorial being linked on all kinds of sites other than da. Thanks guys for the over 5,000 favs and over 100,000 views :)

Tools: Wacom Graphire 2 4x5 tablet, photoshop elements 3.0.

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If you do decide to use this tutorial for any of your drawings, crediting is highly appreciated. Also please do link me to it so that I can see! Have fun and enjoy.

finished piece for the hair part is here: [link]
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eener9lilly's avatar
eener9lilly|Hobbyist Digital Artist
HEY WHATS GREAT FOR A BEGINNER LETS DO ONE WITH WEIRD LIGHTING AND DO CURLY HAIR
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eener9lilly|Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol i was drawing Dan and my pooping pen felt that the earings was so iconic it pooped on his ear
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eener9lilly|Hobbyist Digital Artist
gah i wish i wasn't so stuck to my style
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ami-shun|Hobbyist Digital Artist
what do a 'multiply' layer do? i don't understand the different types of layer... :/
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eener9lilly|Hobbyist Digital Artist
it does some effect play around with them
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wwwPaiThancom's avatar
Thank you! Multiply on the layer, what does it? And what does the dodge and burn tools do exactely?
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eener9lilly|Hobbyist Digital Artist
look at the bracelet it does an effect
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sirdraco|Student General Artist
This is beautiful tbh thank you
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MelodyofaHeart's avatar
Ohhhh amazing<333
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ku-rock|Hobbyist Digital Artist
incredible :D thanks
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morg-insanity|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible. Thank you for helping!
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JazzBerryTigerCandy|Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful 
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14iv19's avatar
Wow.... O_O ehem.. I wonder if I can ever follow this tutorial. Too expert! But thanks for sharing !
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HANABll|Student Digital Artist
*looks at my art*


*throws computer off a cliff and jumps off with it*
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MontblancTD's avatar
Beautiful work!!
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CapnDred|Professional Digital Artist
Great tutorial!
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phototrims's avatar
Thank you for your wonderful tutorial and you describe it step by step very well. Did you try with professional photo retoucher ? Try here - phototrims.com/photo-retouchin…
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You don't know how much this helped me!
Thank you for having done this! :happy: 
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Samonsea's avatar
This tutorial really helped me out, awsome job :)
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Cosmicmoonshine|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this tutorial I used it in this artwork. cosmicmoonshine.deviantart.com…
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GoryGnat9Edited |Hobbyist Digital Artist
wait what brush do you use for the skin? this is awesome btw
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Chitose-Aido|Student General Artist
Spent an hour looking at tutorials and by far this is one of, if not THE best, thank you for making this piece of awesomeness!! It helps so much! 
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