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easy cel-shading tutorial by chirart easy cel-shading tutorial by chirart
I have been getting an inordinate amount of comments asking how I cel-shade, so I decided to cap the process of me doing it on a simple headshot.

It's very pretty simple.

Done in Photoshop.

Original character from Sfeer Theory, property of me.

EDIT: Because a few asked in the comments, for those wondering what Linear Burn does, this page explains it nicely:

The Linear Burn blend mode... decreases brightness to darken the base color and reflect the blend color. It is also similar to the Multiply blend mode, but produces a much more intense result.

Basically you can do the same thing with the shading on Multiply, but I like Linear Burn better because it absorbs the colours into the shades a lot more clearly =)

SITE: [link]
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TakeNoShit Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I had great use of this tutorial while making this piece; Sajay by TakeNoShit Thanks!
gorray Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student General Artist
in step 5 did you use a gradient on the hair?
ibella777 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist
If you don't mind me asking I was wondering-
How did you make the picture look so sharp and crisp looking in the last panel? Was it certain settings in photoshop?
Jenny494 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
ooh, i know this is an old comment, but i think she was just screencapping all the images before it (print-screen to capture an image of your whole computer screen, so she could show the photoshop tools and windows as she worked) and the last image was the actual picture as a jpg or png. screencaps are typically not as quality as the actual image, so that's why the finished product doesn't quite match!
zeichenwut Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this wonderful tutorial. I just tried it and it turned out quite nicely.
PhoenixHunt Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the tutorial, it's the easiest one I've found!! :)
StolenKey Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
At the end of the tutorial, the lines in the last panel seem much sharper than the one before it. Do you just use the sharpen tool or something else I am unaware of? (I'm having difficulty getting sharp lineart, hence my question)
Lean07 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
awesome cel-shading. and the skin texture gives it more life.

thanks for the tut. *faved*
leafaye Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks this really helped!! but how do you make the lineart look so frizzy?
TheLimeyman Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This helps alot, thanks for making it!
toofuckeduptocare Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student General Artist
i tried this and some of the colours wouldn`t get shaded when i put shading. maybe i`m doing something wrong but i have no idea what
Sora-Love Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Thanks! It was definetly usefull to be faster at shading! [link]
bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Super helpful!
Jillyboojiggs Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
thanks for this!
creeperindacorner Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student General Artist
i put this to good use~!

juicyindaskull Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist
looks like sherlock holmes ;) but anyway, thanks for the tutorial, does this work on SAI as well?
Mohegan567 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student Filmographer
Your tutorial is exactely what I need for a picture right now! Thanks!
AlexanderHudson Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
thank the gods for this!!! AUGH! So happy right now!
Sipper-Paws Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Awesome, thanks for the tips! :D
Strawb3rry-D3mon Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Very nice I really like the way you color all your work(:

In general I love all your style and you should
definitely find time to make more tutorials :D
7GreenRobin7 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I'll have to try shading this way^^
notorious5 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
Awesome tutorial!!
BlueberryCrazy Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Cool! I'm going to have to try this :D
xXMaybellXx Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah, this helped me out a ton! Thanks~
Yueh-Sama Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Student Filmographer
antler-girl Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012   General Artist
thanks :)
blackmagepanda Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks for the help!
joypandaah Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Student
the result of this looks awesome, i have to try this! :3 thanks for this tutorial.
Mejinomaru Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student Filmographer
hmm this seems interesting thank you I was lost on the masking part though
Temarigirl1600 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was really helpful!
I usually color with all different colors and layers, but with this it looks amazing and it doesn't take a gazillion layers to finish!
Thanks so much for this!!
fukuhashi343 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
wonderful tutorial! thanks
Agu-Fungus Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there an easier way to erase the excess color without having to manually use the eraser every time?
Rbananas Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Student General Artist
This is great! one question, though: Where do you get the skin texture?
buckoe1 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
As I try to learn to color, this seems really intuitive at the surface lol, thanks for this :3.
Kooosh Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
hmmm clever trick with the skin texture!
Artfulgent Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply amazing, you break it down and make it so simple.
xXM0RIXx Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
looks like an older me
majin88 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Eye-opening and much appreciated!
Satoshi444 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Pretty good Tutorial! Thanks master!
lulles Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
very useful, great technique. thanks for sharing!
SkyGateCreations Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
great tutorial, but sort of seconding PR-Slater below me, how do you get the skin texture?...or is that a secret...? >.>

because you're right it adds something to the character, would love to learn to do something along those lines in my own work, but no clue where to start. @_@
PR-Slater Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
is the skin texture brush something you specially downloaded?
Munrou Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
thank u for this
Raidell Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great! I love how simple this is, and yet it gives wonderful results!
CandyGirl1210 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
That is epic! It looks so easy when its step by step!
mcthankyou Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
Nice, this is great!
LilahOnTheRoof Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
This has been SO helpful!
I wish I could find where you got these Skin Texture brushes; they look fantastic!
shatterglass1 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Student General Artist
oh, i love your idea with the skin texture... but i haven't been able to find a brush... where did you get it? was it your own or did you use somebody else's?? thanks :)
chirart Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I can't say, I just googled "skin brush textures" until I found a site that offered a set for free download and got those.
shatterglass1 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanks so much!
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