Comic Shading

Guest Post by Dalarminus


Ok.  Set down your base tone for the skin
color as I have explained before in my cell shading technique tutorial.
As mentioned before in my other tutorial, cut
out a section you want your shadows to appear.Now grab your brush tool and make a shadow using a slightly darker
color than your base tone–fill in the area and make sure you have a
soft-tipped brush.  Here is what the professionals don’t want you to
know:  just go back over your shadow again, but don’t fill it
entirely; just up to the edge where the lightest color should be.

Just do it over and over, going smaller with each stroke of your brush,
creating smaller shadows in your selected area of shadow.

Now go through and add more shades using the
same technique as before.  The highlights use the same technique as
the cell tutorial.  Select a highlighted area and go through and fill
in the area over and over making smaller and smaller strokes.  Make
it brighter and brighter, as we near the light’s source.There now, we have comic tones!  Easy huh?!

Also, smudge or blur to blend those colors!!


Cell Shading

Another guest post by Dalarminus

Step. 1

Open the imaging software of your choice—in this
case, Photoshop or similar software is used. 

Use the polygon lasso tool to draw your self nice smooth,
thin lines; perfect for anime style drawings. Do not be too worried about making
it looking right for now.

Step. 2

Create a new layer set it to multiply.  Now choose a nice light color you wish
to be the base tone or skin color.  Here, I went with a nice light pink
highlight the head area using the polygon lasso tool.

Fill the area with your skin color.  Also remember to cut out the eyes with
the lasso tool so his eyes are not completely pink.  Lol.

Step. 3Define a light source choose where you want your light to shine on his
skin take your polygon lasso tool again and select the area for your
highlight set your brush screen opacity 50% an go over the highlighted area
with the brush now you should have a highlight on his skin

Step. 4Add in reflective light or another highlight to show the brightness of the
light source.  Depending on
whether you want to show it or not, you can skip this step.  Again, take your polygon lasso tool and
select out a nice tiny area for the reflective light source.  Color over with your brush again and
again until its almost white but not completely white

Step. 5Shadows!  First pick out a
different color because if you use the same color as I am here the shadow
will turn out red. Since I went with a light pink, a light brown works best.  Set your brush to multiply, leave
opacity at 50%, now go through and highlight again with the polygon lasso
tool where you want your shadow to be.
Go over this with your brush and you should have a nice shadow effect.

Step. 6Time to blur!  Select the blur
tool.  Now this part varies
greatly depending on how well you want the colors to blend.  I set the strength at 75% and went over
the whole thing.  It also helps
hide your cutting color sections you created with the lasso.  The edges will over run from too much
blur, so be careful.  If this
happens, just erase the excess.