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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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:icondeviantdanny2000:
DeviantDanny2000 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for that :) 

I've been trying to find ways to improve my digital painting skills. 
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:iconxxdeputyderpxx:
XxDeputyDerpxX Featured By Owner Edited Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not bad English at all owo I was only confused at brush names XD
Thank you so much I'll use this 10000000% when I get my Huion or Wacom tablet (ok maybe not that much ahahaha... but some parts are extremely helpful o.o)
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:iconjk-anime:
jk-anime Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist
O__O
I was gaping the whole time!! Your style is soo beautiful and it's so good! Do you make webtoons or doujinshi or something?
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:iconexd2dxe:
Exd2Dxe Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Wow
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:iconvibrant-snow:
Vibrant-Snow Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks <3
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:icondunyahu:
Dunyahu Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of the coolest tuts I've ever seen.
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:iconsmallspotsandgraytai:
Smallspotsandgraytai Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
THANKS
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:iconbananabham:
bananabham Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this was so helpful~ thank you thank you (:
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:iconnotkpkevin:
NotKPKevin Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome tutorial, thank you for ur tutorial
:D
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:iconshiroen:
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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:iconkuro-mai:
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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:iconhinna-chan:
Hinna-chan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student 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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:iconintoxicavampire:
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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:iconkaiichu:
KaiiChu Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was wondering, how do you change the pixels? ^^ 
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:iconkuro-mai:
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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:iconkaiichu:
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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:iconkuro-mai:
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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:iconkaiichu:
KaiiChu Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I figured out what it was! I think I  had everything set completely wrong xD Thank you so so much! ^^ 
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:iconkuro-mai:
kuro-mai Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problem! i hope it helps a bit ^3^
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:iconellabelle1109:
EllaBelle1109 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconmario-romualdo:
Mario-Romualdo Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Arigato
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:iconsonata-in-g-major:
Sonata-in-g-major Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013   General Artist
Realy helpful and interesting to read (also quite hilaious x3) even though I don't have SAI (wish I could have it but I think it's a bit expensive) But it's really useful, thank you for making it :)
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:iconarchsider:
Archsider Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heart  ya , this tutorial is awesome :O Love Meow :3 :happybounce: 
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:icondelvallejoel:
delvallejoel Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
That looks... Pretty good!
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:iconmio-san13:
mio-san13 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for making this..really helped :)
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:iconchadcomics:
ChadComics Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is very informative. thank you.
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:iconmoonwolfyouthotaku:
MoonwolfYouthOtaku Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Might be big but it will come in handy =)
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:iconkaylakedziora:
KaylaKedziora Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are u Japanese cause u drawing style is perfect. Sorry if this seems rude to ask I'm just wondering.  i love your style so much :3
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:iconmegaanimefreak7:
MegaAnimeFreak7 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You don't need to be Japanese (or Asian for that matter) to be good at art. Take Mark Crilley :iconmarkcrilley: for example. All that matters is practice
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:iconkaylakedziora:
KaylaKedziora Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i know it just tipically they r the best in art. i know it was a bad question sorry about that
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:iconfookiiko:
Fookiiko Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
That's just racist.
Yeah, it's racist -.-
Btw, all they do is manga and anime mostly.
Art in general, not as much.

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:iconkaylakedziora:
KaylaKedziora Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how is it racist all im saying is they are good at art
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:iconfookiiko:
Fookiiko Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
Umm, yeah, it's racist, because the entire world is good at art.

Btw if your talking about non manga/anime stuff, well yea it is racist.
Because look at history.
Japan practically came from china, then modified the chinese language (Oh look, there are still chinese characters in it), and took / "borrowed" many other things tool

^^ Study, k.
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:iconkaylakedziora:
KaylaKedziora Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All IM saying the most amazing artist I overseen are either Japanese. That's more of a complement
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:iconfookiiko:
Fookiiko Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
And its an insult to other nation artists.
Like, everyone that isn't japanese.
Because guess what? I'm pretty damn sure the best artist I"VE ever seen isn't japanese.
OMG.
FREAKOUT.
No.
Because guess what? It's not true, so stop promoting stuff like that ^_^
Japanese are good at anime and manga.
And in my opinion, that's where most of their  "professionalism" lies.
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SashikuChan Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're little tutorial helped me a lot. But GOD I can't use the sketched shapes like that to draw with. It totally messes up my creative process. xD How can I get used to it a little easier?
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:iconsnakeman2013:
Snakeman2013 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013   General Artist
Very nice and useful tutorial
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:iconnrvrl:
nrvrl Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool tutorial, Thank's for sharing
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:icondracostarhome:
dracostarhome Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
i'll have ot try this. i don't do softshading, so this should be fun ^_^ idk when i'll do it, but i'll give it a shot.... ^_^
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:iconhyeonnelde:
Hyeonnelde Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Lol, I love the First Part "First I imagine a simple body in my head." xD

Anyways, thank you for this Tutorial :)
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:iconeli-kyun:
Eli-kyun Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So good... I'm having a terrible time coloring and adding shades and lighting. :stupidme:
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:iconmilikoadachi:
MilikoAdachi Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're sow amazing... I want have tablet ! But I have PC! Buhuhuhuh ! ;(
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:iconcandy-chuu:
Candy-chuu Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i cant do it!! :icondesperateplz:
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:iconscoiipedes:
ScoIipedes Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So uhm... I tried using your tutorial, and made this [link] . Does it look alright? Anything I need to improve?
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:iconkuro-mai:
kuro-mai Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's good! but yes a bit more practice on the brush control maybe. but otherwise it's a good try ^^
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:iconscoiipedes:
ScoIipedes Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yaaay thanks! :D
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:iconallouchsukeshi:
AllouchSukeshi Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love the character you make... Is it fanart? or your own character? I really love him <3 so handsome

I love how you color too... SO AWESOME :D
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:iconkikijex:
kikijex Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
ooh do you have the lineart for this? i want to add blush to his face! he's so adorable~ <3
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:iconavatarkaidaisuke:
AvatarKaiDaisuke Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Forgot my emoticon ^.^"
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:iconavatarkaidaisuke:
AvatarKaiDaisuke Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Bad English?! I think not, you speak better than most Americans these days. Plus, i'm assuming it's not your first language, in which case you're doing very well ^^
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