Welcome to my Tutorial!
This tutorial will give you shortcuts to help you make anime like artwork.
Your artwork will be done much faster and better with this tutorial!
Just one thing first! My tutorial will be helpful to those who the art programs of:
Photoshop CS4 or up
Paint Tool Sai
Or Gimp which is like Photoshop, except free.
(If you have any other art program, just try to see if the software does the same things as the tutorial.)
(You also might as well get Gimp if you don't have Photoshop btw. ^_^ )
So the tutorial starts now!
Please open your art software and follow the instructions!
So, the first step is to download this picture and open it in your art software:
To view and copy/download the images to this tutorial, just click the images.
(You can also just copy and paste it into a new document if you can.)
This is so we can go through the same process together, thus understanding the steps.
(You don't HAVE to do it though.)
I will also provide a color base for you to copy.
(You don't have to use it though I recommend you do.):
1. Blending modes
So for the first thing we need to do is color the drawing without interfering with the outline I gave you. But you'll notice if you try to color the pic I gave you, the color goes over the outline. I have the easy and fast solution to that!
1. Create a transparent layer and put that layer below the outline layer.
(If the outline is a background layer, make it a normal layer or duplicate it.)
2. Now go back to the outline and look at the blending mode of the layer.
Change the blending mode to "Multiply" as demonstrated below:
Paint Tool Sai
Setting the layer multiply will allow the anything you color on the lower layer below the multiply layer without coloring the outline layer. Give it a try~
2. Magic Wand tool
1. Now there's a much faster way to color this than just using brush all over the place, the Magic Want tool. (Called the Fuzzy Select tool in Gimp.) With the magic wand tool you can select areas to of the outline. But you'll notice it can only select one area at a time...normally. You can actually do multiple areas and even take away areas. Let's say I wanted to color the hair for instance, I would select one area by clicking the magic wand tool on it. THEN I would hold the shift button while pressing the second area I want to select. Try doing this now!
(Note: You can use the tolerance/threshold to adjust how much area the wand selects.)
2. You can also take away selections you used with the magic wand tool and other selection tools as well by holding the Alt button while I press another selected area. (Try it!) You may find gaps though. If you do, cover the gap. Instead of holding the buttons down, you could also use the short cut buttons if you look at your art program's screen while you have the magic wand tool (or any selection tool) out as shown below:
Paint Tool Sai
(Sorry Sai users. Sai doesn't have these shortcuts installed in it from what I believe.)
3. And to deselect, press both the Ctrl & D buttons ( Command & D if you're using a Mac) if you want to stop the selections in Photoshop or Paint Tool Sai. If you're using Gimp, it's "Shift + Ctrl + A" buttons. (If it's Mac...you know already.)
Though it's just as easy to just use the selection tool outside the canvas to deselect as well.
4. So you'll probably notice you can select ALL of the selection. Well, there's a way to change that.
(The following doesn't work in Paint Tool Sai. Once again, sorry Sai users.)
Go to the tabs at the top of art software and look for "Select" while you're using the magic wand on an area. You'll notice words in Select like "Grow", "Shrink", "Expand", "Contract" & "Modify". With this you can increase and decrease the radius of the selections.
5. After selecting all of the area you want to color and modifying it, go to your Bucket tool and fill the areas.
MAKE SURE YOU'RE ON THE LAYER BELOW THE OUTLINE LAYER!!
Also, it may be better, to put different colors on different layers.
And one last thing for this part. You'll notice that you can edit whether you want the bucket tool and magic wand tool to effect the layer you're on or have ALL layers applied to this.
To set the feature just look at the magic wand/ bucket tool options where it should say "All Layer" in Photoshop, "Sample merged" in Gimp, and "Target" with 3 choices below it in Paint Tool Sai.
By now, your artwork should look like this this:
3. Shading & Clipping
1. Now we can get to the shading part. Now add a third layer in between the color layer and outline layer. Now select that layer.
This will be our shade layer where we will be shading. If you did the colors on different layers, each layer for each different color will need a shade layer.
2. Now I'm going to tell you a trick that will make an artist's job EXTREMELY easier and faster. (This trick will NOT work in Gimp however. Clipping masks works differently.)
While on your shade layer, you need to make it a "Clipping mask" as called in Photoshop or a "Clipping Group" as called in Paint Tool Sai. To do so in Photoshop, Go to the shade layer and hold the Alt button while either on the shade layer or inbetween the shade layer and the color layer. To do so in Paint Tool Sai, just go to the shade layer and check the "Clipping Group" box.
Paint Tool Sai
(For Gimp, you just right click the layer and hit "Add Layer Mask".
But the layer works differently in Gimp, so sorry Gimp users.
Just try to shade it normally then.)
3. Now to try color everywhere on the shade layer. You can also use this technique for lighting to make things shine or glow. So I would create another clipping layer for lighting. You'll see that you can only color in places you've colored on the color layer. This process now eliminates the whole "HAVING TO ERASE EXTRA COLORED PARTS" when making art. Depending on the way you use it, you can make artwork faster and easier!!
(Note: To undo the clipping of a layer, just do the same process you used make the layer a clipping layer.
You also can not use a clipping layer on another clipping layer.)
4. Shading & Lighting Tricks
Now I'm going to show you an option of tricks one can use to shade and use other effects. These tricks are optional, so you don't REALLY have to do this part, but I hope you still read this part.
1. Bucket fill Trick
So instead of having to color all over the place to shade, you could just use a line to mark the place then use a the magic wand tool and fill it with the bucket tool. Much faster! Remember to stay on the shade layer.
2. Opacity Trick
To do this trick, just ONLY use pure black on the shade layer.
When you shaded the artwork completely, go to the opacity of the layer and lower it.
I usually put it at like 35% but anywhere from 20%-50% is good. Depends on your style.
And if you different places to have different shade colors (Such as the skin),
just make another clipping layer and use a different color.
3. Blending modes
Blending modes can also make shading and lighting more interesting!!
You already know about Multiply, but there's many tricks to use, so just keep experimenting!!
(Not gonna bother using a picture for this one.)
So by this point, your artwork should look like this (If you were doing what I was doing):
That's it for now!
I really hope you guys found this tutorial useful!
I decided to keep working on my art piece and this is the finished result: