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Anime Style colouring Tutorial by kuro-mai Anime Style colouring Tutorial by kuro-mai
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A lot of people asked me how to draw like anime/cell shading.

So I try to make a tutorial of how I do (it's not official lol everybody do it in a different way I guess) but I wanted to share this.

This is a PAINT TOOL SAI tutorial. It may be used in photoshop, but not the bluring effect, because the blur tool in photoshop is very different.


Thanks to Mukuro sama who helped me a lot lol

Hope it can help

Also english is not my native language, so it was hard to find the good words to explain. Forgive me if there is some grammar mistakes ^^

As you can see, it's very simple ^^


EDIT : a Little tips for linearts, if you shake or something, Draw your lines quickly with a quick movement from your hand. you can erase when it exceeds so do not hesitate .


Also play with the "STABILIZER" button (on the top menu bar). (I use 7 but With 15 or S-3 you will see the difference. I don't use beyond 7 otherwise it's too slow for me.
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:iconlittlenekoma:
LittleNekoma Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014   Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial! :)
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:iconkamihanaki:
Kamihanaki Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this, this is really nice, thank you for sharing.
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Draxulaura Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Looks like Sebastian from black butler
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:iconrodo-takosu:
Rodo-Takosu Featured By Owner Edited Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
pardon me if this is weird to say but i love you for making this i need this ALOT

 but one question; will i need photoshop in order to get the "extras" effects? I used to use gimp 2 but it failed on me :/
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:iconkuro-mai:
kuro-mai Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well tbh i don't use it anymore, i keep it simple without textures or any filters now. but as long as your program have "layers" and "layers mode" i think yes? (i don't know gimp at all tho)
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:iconrodo-takosu:
Rodo-Takosu Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks
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:iconlaughbutts:
LaughButts Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWWWWWW YEhhhhhhhhh
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:iconadeacia:
Adeacia Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for taking the time to create this wonderful tutorial :)
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:iconnanamura123:
Nanamura123 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I wish Sai was free. I'm stuck with Gimp...
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:icontrivialjohn:
TrivialJohn Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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:iconftouma-trix:
ftouma-trix Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you use tablet or mouse?
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Shiroen Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry to bother you again, and I'm really trying,
but I tried using all your settings for lineart and lowered opacity of my sketch, however the lineart look INVISBLE to me, like a thin string and hardly visible. (1px.) So I use 20px and you can see it more? (Using A4 size) . I also get the feeling that my lineart looks worse than my own sketch. So most of the time, I give up on lineart and use the sketch with a few cleanups. Any advice to what to do or should I change something?
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:iconkuro-mai:
kuro-mai Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh it depends of the size of your drawing inside your canva. if it's A4 with just a headshot that takes all the page, of course, 20px is okay, if it's a full
scenery with tinny details, 2 or 3 px will be better. just use what you're the most comfortable with. personally i rarely look at my brush size anymore ^^

for the clean linearts, i have no idea, if you make clean strokes, then it's fine, if your sketches are clean enough, then keep it (i do that too sometimes)
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:iconnoona-jamal:
noona-jamal Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
great thank u 
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:iconecimer:
ecimer Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013   General Artist
This really helps! Cool :D
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TrinitySage Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I featured your tutorial in my journal today!
Here's the link if you'd like to check it out - fav.me/d6k39b7
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:iconcheyluvsu03:
cheyluvsu03 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow I'm just now figuring out how to do this properly....go me!
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:iconnanyjfreak:
NanyJfreak Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013   General Artist
thanks :3 I realy need a tutorial :3 thanks ^^
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:iconnipponkidd:
NIPPONkidd Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student General Artist
This is beautiful. Well done. :D
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:iconsanakito:
sanakito Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this rocks
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:iconsicilynotdenmark:
SicilyNotDenmark Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot! It really helped!
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:iconetude-xillia:
Etude-Xillia Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks alot!! this helped me big time!! :iconilavplz:
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:iconmeepandii:
MeepAndii Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing. I think it will take quite a while for me to master basic cell shading, though. xD
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:icontfplainside:
TFPlainside Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow awesome tutorial certainlly will come in handy when i i know how to sketch better :D
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:iconpichoochoo:
Pichoochoo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh sweet bajeebus that's awesome
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NangtuLooker Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
do you have a link to that texture? :)
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:iconyuri142:
yuri142 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
nice!
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purplefoxx-saki Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It is very helpful! thanks!! :iconchuuplz:
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A-D-I-L Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
amazing tutoriaaal love the last tipe
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:iconmasa-chan5320:
Masa-Chan5320 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just wondering, what are the Kanji 1 and Kanji 2 pens? What do you use them for?
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:iconkuro-mai:
kuro-mai Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahh no it's my own brushes, I use them to write calligraphy and stuffs like that ^^
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:iconmasa-chan5320:
Masa-Chan5320 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see, what does the results look like?
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:iconkuro-mai:
kuro-mai Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh i don't have the exact ones anymore, the Sai i used to make this tutorial wasn't the official version, now i have the official one and didn't re make those brushes, but you can make a similar one in 30s (if you have the brush set, idk where i got them, probably here on DA). just with the brush shape : "rough round 3" [link]
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:iconmasa-chan5320:
Masa-Chan5320 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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pandagulung Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for making this tutorial.. So informative.. I can understand it -although my english suck- (;3;)
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:iconcharlieascende:
CharlieAscende Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
How did you rename those layers on SAI?

Cause somehow it won't let me so.
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:iconkuro-mai:
kuro-mai Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
er i just double clic on it?
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:iconcharlieascende:
CharlieAscende Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
oh, I thought there was a button next to it where you can rename it and all, but I was thinking of it from JASC Paint Shop Pro 7 that I used to have for a trial version. Anyways, thx.
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:iconkuro-mai:
kuro-mai Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yep Sai is pretty simple (even to assign shortcut, you just have to double clic on the tool), better than the other program that you have to find and set everything into a very long setting menu :3
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Koseruka Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
i will forever use this as a reference :iconlikeitplz:
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SynthesizedAria Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
It's great. Thanks!
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:iconchlorophylltheleaf:
Chlorophylltheleaf Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ooouuuhhh....TTnTT
Thank you so much for this tutorial!;u;
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TakadaYumege Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Arigato :la:
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IsolatedDarkAngel Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:iconhappytearsplz: My hero! I've looked at countless tutorials but this is the only one that actually 'clicked'. Thank you so much for sharing! I'll definitely be trying out these tips. :D We appreciate the hard work you put into all of these tutorials so thanks a million!
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CazyBunny Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you for uploading <3
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ArteDB Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very good! Thank you for share:) Hey, I have a question.. Do you not use Vector Layer for the lines??
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:iconkuro-mai:
kuro-mai Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no not vector because i don't like it. manual lines are better. but everyone do like they want of course, it's only a personal opinion.
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ArteDB Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, for me too:). But with the vector can refine and expand the lines. And change the color.
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PrincessCakey82 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
wow ur amazing :D
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Lillytehcat Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Student Artist
FAV
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