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.

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