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Omocha's Mega Cell Shading Step by Step by ZenithOmocha Omocha's Mega Cell Shading Step by Step by ZenithOmocha
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1. I know I twisted her pose too much, and her right leg looks like it's broken. :"D But this is not a pose tutorial, so focus on the coloring and other things, ok? ^^/

2. I made a little mistake while typing: On the last picture before Step3, I said 'put them all in one layer'. It should be 'put them all in one folder' there.

And thank you all for the support. ^^/

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Warning: Super duper giant file. OTL

As I was asked by some people to make some kind of tutorials. So this is one way of coloring I can show you.

I don't want to make too many deviations at a time so, please be patient with this long ass 'Step by step'.OTL

And here is the bigger finished version of the picture:


I hope it helps somehow. ;n;a

I will try working on some other styles' step by step, if there are requests in the future. /o/
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:iconlxi0l:
lXI0l Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much
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emilycornpony Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful tutorial! I don't use SAI (I run a Mac and can't haha) but I can apply your tutorial to Photoshop too. Thank you so much for making this!
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moonblade1999 Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutoriallis awesome! It's the best I've seen so far, thank you! One question though, how did you do the texture on the girl's jacket? Thank you very much in advance :D
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:iconzenithomocha:
ZenithOmocha Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
It's a SAI texture that I installed. You can search how to install SAI textures on DA/Google. I believe there's a tutorial for that somewhere. C:
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:iconmoonblade1999:
moonblade1999 Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh thank you so much! :D
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:iconheydellusion:
HeyDellusion Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks i need this :3
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:iconbdtite1919:
BDTite1919 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Gracias.
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:iconlostdigidestined:
LostDigidestined Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
AWSOME ^^ she is really cute
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RabidWolf13 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial is absolutely amazing! >3<

I have a question though, how big is your canvas and what brush size do you usually use for inking?
I've been trying to make my lines disappear after I finished coloring. >3<a
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:iconzenithomocha:
ZenithOmocha Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
Hello.

Honestly, the canvas size and brush size is not that much of a matter. Normally the bigger a canvas I use, the bigger the brush size I use for the linearts. I adjust my brush size very often while drawing too, to achieve the feeling that I want.
To make the lines 'disappear', I can simply use the lineart recoloring method, which is shown in this tutorial.

I hope this helps.
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RabidWolf13 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I see, I see... That makes sense. :icondragonnodplz:
Thank you so much for the information! 
Keep those up the awesome work! >3<
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:iconnekowaity:
NekoWaity Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Student General Artist
god bless you this is the best cell shading tutorial
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Aariquaa9000 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
She's so pretty. This is very helpful
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:iconkumiokashii:
KumiOkashii Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my fucking god I JUST AMAZING ! T o T
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:iconf-penhandler:
F-Penhandler Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can't even know what to say... thank you so much... :D
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:iconjetarley:
jetarley Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This awesome C:
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trianimax Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow!! nice tutorial!!.. :happybounce: 
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plus-ruin Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
this by far is the best tut ive seen on this
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NintendoGamer5000 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was really helpful, but it's uber complicated! I can't wrap my head around the whole shading thing! 

Oh well, at least I learned some helpful tricks on SAI. 
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:iconsavannahsdrabbles:
SavannahsDrabbles Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! This helps a ton! :D
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dietcokelady Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a question; For the step when you just begin to shade, you called it a "layer clip". Do you happen to know what it would be called in photoshop?
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ZenithOmocha Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
If you right click on a layer that's above another, there should be an option that's called 'Create clipping mask'. I use Photoshop CS3.
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:icondietcokelady:
dietcokelady Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh ok thanks you a bunch! I found it :D
I was also wondering what color you use for shading? I'm trying a bunch of different ones but I cant figure out which one xD
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:iconzenithomocha:
ZenithOmocha Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
I think I explained it quite clearly in the tutorial. Basically it doesn't matter much since with this method you will recolor the shading layer anyway.
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dietcokelady Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ok thank you
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dietcokelady Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
nevermind i found it :)
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:iconironhardt:
Ironhardt Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
i made my own char using this tutorial ^^ ironhardt.deviantart.com/art/O…
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:iconwndn3:
WndN3 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you swetty!!! *3* Llama Emoji-02 (Blush) [V1] 
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Cute-Heart Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the tut
I always thought the shine is due to some gradient effect xD
good to know that u use air brush .. I use SAI for most of the drawing/shading process , I've tried using water & it gives a nice effect
but never tried air brush on lines .. perhaps it will make it better >.<
As one of your fans of course I admire every step u do .. but I just have to praise u for the lines It's always messy with me T_T
- still trying to improve - La la la la 
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IFireBandy Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Student Artist
What software do u use?????
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ShadeTheUnicorn Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
she used sai and photoshop
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:iconcute-heart:
Cute-Heart Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omo already mentioned "Paint Tool SAI + Adobe Photoshop CS3"
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:iconifirebandy:
IFireBandy Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Student Artist
Oh ok
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:iconzephyrlightningheart:
I do similr steps on sai but I dont davble in ps all that much.
i'll def try these steps!

Thanks for the tutorial!
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:iconplushiehime:
PlushieHime Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this helped me a lot :) thank you ^_^
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eightsnake Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is AWESOME.  :)  Thanks for making it!
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Hyun-sama Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for making this
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Vikavilewell Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my god *-*

this is so helpful~
:D
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Nighttime-Sun Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so useful =)
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animeloverishere Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i put a new layer layer under the lineart, and then i go to invert but it doesnt let me :/ like its grey and it wont let me press it. when i mouse over it, nothing happens :/ what did i do wrong?
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ZenithOmocha Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Then I have no idea, I have never been in such case before. ^_^;
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animeloverishere Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oof :/
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xXxSasukeXNarutoxXx Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Hello there! Thanks for the tut :D
But i have a question >_<

I draw my outlines with an linework layer, didn't had a sketch for my pic.
After that, i saved the picture as png and did the things u told in the tut.
I selectet the parts i don't want to color.
Did a new layer and invert selection (layer under lineart)
Now when i create a new layer above my linearts and try to collor, i draw over my linearts.
Did i do something wrong?
Sorry for my bad english, i hope u can understand my problem and maybe u can help me >__<
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ZenithOmocha Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Oh I think all the color layers should be under the lineart layer. You can see from the tutorial that the Lines layer is always on the top.
Also, the Png file you saved should only have the lines visible with transparent background (NOT lines with white background). 
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SlimeyFae Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what were your pen settings for coloring? QwQ ??  when i use the pen tool the harder i press or when i go over the color a few times it gets darker.........and darker...............and darker....
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tempestofazure Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you broke down piece by piece how to color and shade in one of my favorite styles...thank you
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talaren-chan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
What's your average canvas size for drawing? c: 
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ZenithOmocha Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
I use different sizes for different purposes. The brush size is then manually adjusted to fit the canvas size.
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talaren-chan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
What I mean is, for drawing a single character for example, would you use a canvas that was approximately 1200x2000 pixels? I know some artists on dA will use a canvas that's 3000x4200 pixels which is huuuuge but will shrink it down once their complete so lines that looked shaky up close at actual size look clean when shrunken down. A lot of them suggest bigger the better so it looks good smaller, and I was wondering if you did anything similar? 
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ZenithOmocha Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
As I said, the canvas sizes for me is based on purposes.

Normally I start with a size around 600-100 pixel wide if it's just a random drawing/non-commercial commission. But I change the canvas as I draw as well, sometimes it ends up being smaller, sometimes bigger.

I only use bigger specific canvas for specific purposes, like for a print or wallpaper. In those cases the canvas is decided at the begining. 
And giant canvas actually don't affect my lines much, it just take more time to zoom in and refine the lines to make sure they are not shaky. 

I am quite a perfectionist and into details so I tend to try making things that looks good at any size, so I rarely use the trick of 'making it big so that it looks better when being small'. What's the point of making a big canvas just to crop it small later? I don't really see the point of doing that while we have the zoom in and zoom out functions.

Also, bigger canvas = bigger file which requires more momory, so I don't encourage using it in case you have not-a-so-strong computer/laptop, or don't really have a purpose for using big files (that I gave some examples above).

Actually I would suggest that you go ahead and try things out by yourself. Aboves are only my opinion for my own style/drawings, which may or may not apply to you. Each person has a different method, and before knowing which method would suit you, you need to try many out 1st. 

I hope this helps. C:

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