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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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NeilCfreak 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
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
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