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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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actobacter Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I did follow the tutorial until step 5, but then I failed to apply any flat color after I selected the New Layer Mask button. I wonder where did I mess up with the step. And can I use an artwork (that I've applied the line art beforehand) with format .jpg for this tutorial? 

Sorry for such stupid question. I'm totally new with digital painting...Waaaah! 
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Sunflorii Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Make sure you still have the selection selected from the previous steps when you click the layer mask, then the mask will show up. To add colors you'll have to create layers in the folder that the mask was applied to~ :)

Yes you can use jpgs, just make sure its on its own layer and set the lineart layer mode to multiply, then drag it on top of your colors. or you can try to delete the white space (there are some tutorials that tell you how to get transparent lineart from scanners if it doesn't have transparency)
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actobacter Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I've tried and it's working! Thank you!^^ But what do you mean by gradient when applying color to the hair and clothes. Is there any tutorials on this?
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Sunflorii Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Oh I just take a huge airbrush in another shade and use that to add the other color haha, SAI doesn't have a gradient tool
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actobacter Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Thank you! I shall try it later! ^^
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SMP-Megajack Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this. I knew I was going the wrong way about coloring, and now I know why.
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Sunflorii Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
Glad to help! Cheers!
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IveGotTalent Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
About step 7. Do I need to make a new layer for every flat colour I have?
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Sunflorii Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
It depends, you can usually just get away with making sure each different colour on one layer doesnt touch, making a new layer until everything's coloured. Some people like having a new one for each colour, but personally I dislike having 50 layers in one colourful piece haha.
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IveGotTalent Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot, I'll remember that. For now, I just have to work with my 50 layers because I got impatient and didn't wait too long for a response. Nice works, btw, I'll fave some of them right now. :) 
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