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Shading Tutorial by kohu-arts Shading Tutorial by kohu-arts
Because I keep getting asked this and my art is majorly sucking today anyway. Have a shading tutorial.

I learned this method from other artists, so it is NOT something I made up, but I can't find some of the old tutorials I learned from.

If you really want to know how to draw/color/shade/etc. for formal training purposes (in other words, you want a job in art at some point), go and learn from a professional, not me. ;3

Also, have a River, he's adorable! :3 He's owned by :iconkainaa:. ^^
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:iconxxspiritxx3:
xXSpiritXx3 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
What art program do you use?
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kohu-arts Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
For this picture, I used PhotoShop 7.0/CS, but more recently I've started using Manga Studio 5.0 for everything I draw/color. :) 
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xXSpiritXx3 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
Oh, well thanks for sharing! ^^
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:iconkiiyoku:
Kiiyoku Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have some great tutorials! c: 
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:iconkohu-arts:
kohu-arts Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
Thanks. xD Sorry they're a little old. ;; 
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KS-ZombieSoul93 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is a great way to shade!!!!!
i'm trying it out on my drawings and so far i like it!
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:iconkohu-arts:
kohu-arts Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Thanks. :) I like really simple methods, glad it's working for you! 
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:iconyesterday-torrey:
Yesterday-Torrey Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Is this the same thing with Adobe Photoshop CS2??
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:iconkohu-arts:
kohu-arts Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
Yup. :) 
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:iconyesterday-torrey:
Yesterday-Torrey Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome thanks
I do have Adobe Photoshop CS2 ANd Adobe ImageReady Cs2 and you
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kohu-arts Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
I have PhotoShop 7.0, which doesn't work on my computer, and PhotoShop CS2, which gives me errors all the time. I've pretty much switched over to SAI and Manga Studio 5. :) 
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:iconyesterday-torrey:
Yesterday-Torrey Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh cool :3
Im finishing a 'Pinned ya'(Art trade)On Photoshop

And you
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kohu-arts Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
Cute, those kind of pics are really fun to do. xD

I'm trying to catch up with my messages/notes and commenting on new art from people. :3 
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Yesterday-Torrey Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh cool and awesome

Yeah XD
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Siobhen26 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
When you do it in PS do you put it back in SAI? If not, what format do you save it as?
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kohu-arts Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
If I have to do the background yet, I do go back into SAI. :) Or if I'm finished after shading, I just merge the layers and save as .JPEG or .PNG. 
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Siobhen26 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
Ah, thank you! Your lineart is so smooth, and after moving to SAI..I find mine are smoother. Though I can't seem to keep my hand still, it goes all shaky sometimes and their are little bumps in my lineart. How do you get yours so straight? I'm sorry for bombarding you with questions, but your art is so beautiful c:
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kohu-arts Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
Yeah, SAI definitely helps with smoother lines. :) As far as keeping things smooth goes ... I try to make long, quick sweeping motions when I make any line, even if I have to zoom out for it. It also means that I sometimes have to redo a line quite a few times before I get it 'right.' (Ctrl Z is the quick-undo button, which helps a lot.)

And no worries at all, I ask questions about other artists' techniques all the time. :3
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Siobhen26 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
Thank you<3
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:icondeadw0lf:
Deadw0lf Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Oh thank you for the tutorial *w*
(and your art is so amazing :heart:)
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:iconkohu-arts:
kohu-arts Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
No problem! :)
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Deadw0lf Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
^-^
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Dyrin Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
this will be very helpful thank you!
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:iconkohu-arts:
kohu-arts Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
np! I hope you're able to follow it okay. :)
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Dyrin Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
it is very clear and easy to follow :3 I hope to practice with using your tutorial as a guide and I will be happy to share it with others!
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Giiana Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
GONNA USE IT <3333 Thank you so much Kohu! :la:
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kohu-arts Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
<3 Hope it works alright for you and you can follow it okay. :3
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Fearcatcher Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats great!
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:iconkohu-arts:
kohu-arts Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
:3 Thanks.
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Starchy-Popcorn Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome, this is really helpful!
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:iconkohu-arts:
kohu-arts Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
np, hope it helps a little. :3
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:iconcaper-dj:
caper-dj Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have I told you lately that I love you??? Seriously, thank you for this! :hug:
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:iconkohu-arts:
kohu-arts Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
xD I hope it works okay for you. ;3 Shading this way is super easy and fast, lol. <3
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caper-dj Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's similar to how I do it, but you've given me little tips that might make it look prettier :XD: And if you ever do a lineart tutorial *hint hint* I'll be loving you even more!!
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kohu-arts Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Awwww, that's easy. X3 I just use the pencil tool at about 3 to 5 pixels, and use sweeping motions to make each line, redoing each line until I get it right. I then take an eraser brush and taper the ends. :3
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caper-dj Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I knew you were doing something different. I was being lazy and using the curve tool :blush: But I think I found the proper settings that make the lines look like yours :XD:
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kohu-arts Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
I just use the standard pencil tool. :) I freehand everything.
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:iconcaper-dj:
caper-dj Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:faint: Not that I'm trying to emulate your style, I just think yours looks so much nicer than the curve tool! *taking foot out of mouth now*
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nanochetha Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i love it!!! :3 thanks for the advice x3
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:iconkohu-arts:
kohu-arts Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
no problem :)
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Ghostcub Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awww, thanks for sharing how you pull off Disney shading really well! ;D It's so goooood! :meow: :heart:
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kohu-arts Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
np. ^^ I love shading this way because it's just so easy and fast, lol. You don't have to put much effort into it. ;3
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Ghostcub Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
True~ =P Still looks very nice. Not too much, not too little. :aww:
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BelWolfsRain Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved this tutorial ^^ What program you use? Photoshop CS5?
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:iconkohu-arts:
kohu-arts Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I use PhotoShop CS2, but I've done it in PhotoShop 7.0 as well. :)
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:iconmiss-melis:
Miss-Melis Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   General Artist
this is great Kohu!
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:iconkohu-arts:
kohu-arts Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
thanks hon ;3
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8hadragana Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student General Artist
This is awesome! I'm still really new to computer arts and this will help me a lot. Thank you!
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kohu-arts Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
no problem! I hope it works okay. :)
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:icon8hadragana:
8hadragana Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you! The next time I'm coloring one of my pictures I'll try it. :)
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