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Soft Shading tutorial (Sai) + by kuro-mai Soft Shading tutorial (Sai) + by kuro-mai
BIG FILE i know..

People always ask "how to" etc etc, so i made this because it's too hard for me to answer in details to every one in a good english >< (and i kinda lazy to always say the same thing so..)

this is MY OWN WAY to do, everybody have their own technique, so of course do what you're the most comfortable with.

i suck to explain, sorry sorry sorry orz.... *shot me*

tools for this tutorial :
- paint tool sai (google it you'll find.)
- photoshop (totally optional)
- imagination (your own..)

you can find Filter unlimited here : [link] (it's the free version, honestly you don't need to buy the full version, only 2 or 3 features are interesting..)


edit : to install filters unlimited, just copy and paste the full folder here : [link] (works with all the photoshop versions)

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edit 2 : (fixed a minor typo) and here is a little Body tutorial i quickly made. of course, like i said, it IS the way I do, and don't forget, anime/manga and real proportions aren't really the same. .. HERE : [link]
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bananabham Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
this was so helpful~ thank you thank you (:
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NotKPKevin Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
awesome tutorial, thank you for ur tutorial
:D
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Shiroen Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok so about the pressure sensitivity thing or the stabilizer, if its at 0 will it make thin lineart, or is it S-7 that does best, and if not either, which one do you prefer? you are like a sensei to me and i admire your art so much. your skilll is anime material, so I would definitely watch it c: (if you make one C:) i hope im as good as you when im older lol
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kuro-mai Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
stabilizer is when you shake too much when you do your
lineart. the more natural is 0 and the more slow is S-7.

personally i don't use stabilizer because i'm drawing on 
a cintiq tablet (you draw directly on the screen) so it's like
you were drawing directly on paper so i don't need it, 
but with a "normal" tablet, i used 7 or 9 depends what i was doing.
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Hinna-chan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!!! I've been searching everywhere for a tutorial with a colouring style like this~ It's very informative and easy to understand!! thank you once again!!! 
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IntoxicaVampire Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Very helpful! I've always had some troubles with coloring :D thank you very much!!
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KaiiChu Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was wondering, how do you change the pixels? ^^ 
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kuro-mai Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what pixels? ((because the whole drawing is made of pixels so it's a bit confusing ^^)
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KaiiChu Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry v.v I meant for the line art, my line art Always ends up looking different than what your does and I use the same tool you use as well, so I saw that you said you use up to 3 px, I was wondering how you made the lineart look so perfectly pixelated cx I'm sorry if that didn't make any type of sense  /-\ 
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kuro-mai Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh i don't know, i always work the same way. i draw on a big canva (like 21 x 30cm at 300 dpi) then when the drawing is done and posted on the net, the size is reduced (too 100dpi) so maybe it looks like it's clean ^^
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