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Basic Cel-Shading PART 1 (Visual) by Sheridan-J Basic Cel-Shading PART 1 (Visual) by Sheridan-J
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As promised to a few people, here is [half] of my tutorial for basic Anime/Cartoon shading.....known as Cel Shading (like animation "cels").

I thought it would be nice to do something a little different this time. If I recall correctly, this was the very first technique/style I learnt when I took an interest in Digital Art back in 2004 :) It is quite a simple beginner style to adopt and a great way to just get the hang of your Digital Art program!

Still Image of this:

So I am very happy to share what I have picked up over the years!

Now this is a VERY basic walkthrough. I used Adobe Photoshop, but these techniques should be applicable to other art programs such as Paint Tool SAI, Coral Draw, GIMP etc.

All I am basically using is the Paint Brush, and the Lasso/Free Select tool, so you can find them in whatever program you choose to use! This is solely about the technique rather than my fancy-ass PSCS5 features!

Tools:: Photoshop + Mouse (No drawing tablet required!)
Time:: 30 minutes.
Anyway, I hope this is informative!

(Original lineart provided by the wonderful *StMan)
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yasermohavi Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there ,in level 3 you mentioned lasso tool and "Fill" , what do you mean by " Fill " ?
halokiller27 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Cel-Shading is for 3D Models, not a style of drawing or coloring, is a style of rendering for 3D graphics
DragonBrush95 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student General Artist
thanks a bunch! i've been reduced to the burn and blur tools for lack of knowing better. >0<
Sheridan-J Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, glad it can be of some help :)
DragonBrush95 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student General Artist
it's very well done. thanks. :3
DecimoPrimo Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Filmographer
This is very beneficial! I will pass this along to all of my artist friends who want to get into game design :D
TheArtofGavH Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cant wait for the next part, hope it's soon!
DrakeSonOfDraco Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You are epic no matter what art style.
Kittenz11 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
snowlwolfcat Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much. I appreciate tips and things like this.
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