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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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Deadninja21 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy dog biscuits, I've been looking everywhere for that coloring trick! Thank you so much! Great tutorial!
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Sunflorii Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
my pleasure! :)
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JunoX-Reborn Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
can you explain this layer by layer

i got lost at number 3
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Sunflorii Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
Ah don't worry about the layer numbers, the ones shown on number 3 are just lineart layers haha.
The folder's the only thing that's important on that step. I make the folder under my lineart.

Steps 1-5 are totally optional too, they just show how I generally organize things without being super organized (eg how people like naming the layers, which I never do haha)
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actobacter Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
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 Oct 29, 2014
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 Oct 29, 2014
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 Oct 29, 2014
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 Oct 30, 2014
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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