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Soft Shading Tutorial by Miss-Ariellia Soft Shading Tutorial by Miss-Ariellia
Program used - Paint tool Sai.

This is just a quick tutorial on how I do soft shading. This is the first one I've ever made, so sorry if its bad IDK.... If you have any questions feel free to ask :)


A lot of people have been asking, so here is the settings for my watercolour tool :) Paint Tool SAI brushes eurielia by Miss-Ariellia (named Awatercolour)
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azucarada Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so helpful! You have a beautiful colouring style. Thanks for posting <3
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rixch Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
nice tutorial. very helpful
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Ookami-Luna Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Helpful! Thank you!
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heartzrainbow412 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it possible to create an identical version of your watercolour tool on photoshop??
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Miss-Ariellia Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
I haven't used photoshop to colour for a very long time so I'm not entirely sure. But maybe try downloading some custom brushes from here or elsewhere for photoshop and hopefully you might get something similar. 
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heartzrainbow412 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah okay ^^
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ChatarinaTSP Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Student General Artist
This tutorial really helped this alot XP 
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HairBrainedScenes Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
This is a very good tutorial, well thought out and good explanations on every step.  Thanks for sharing. 
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JennaTheDerp Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
At first, I thought that was a really weird nose until you showed the final picture.  LOL!  Thanks for the tutorial, I have a feeling this will help a lot!  :D
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YaTo-5 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorial
Used here: yato-5.deviantart.com/art/Summ…
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itasa Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist
thanks for tutorial
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Hyenax Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial! I thought it was a nose at first lol
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BDTite1919 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks, mate! :D
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DragoonDraconian Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow so pretty. ( I don't have the mentality for this kinds of shading unfortunately. I'll just keep going as if it's paint :) )
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Vibrant-Snow Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you, this is extremelly Helpful :iconthankyoualotplz:
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rainbownote Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY-

Okay sorry for like excessively stalking your gallery but this was you!? I faved this ages ago when it came up in my messages box and I didn't even know you made this uwu'

Your colouring is so beautiful baeee *u*
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Miss-Ariellia Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Haha that's okay.its kinda old but yep I made it:> Awww thanks~
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Kamihanaki Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The shading is so pretty! I don't have Sai, but maybe I can still try to get something similar. Thanks for sharing.
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Miss-Ariellia Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
Thanks~
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MrEmerald34 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the tutorial.  I'm starting to learn shading and this helped a lot.
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Miss-Ariellia Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
yay~ I'm happy to hear that! :3
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Kiirumu Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
I'm sorry for bothering but the watercolor tool link isn't working ; -; i mean it's not there QAQ
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:iconmiss-ariellia:
Miss-Ariellia Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
ah really? okay I'll see if I can fix it. thanks for letting me know :)
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Kiirumu Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
>u< <3
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YukitaKya Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
Thank you for this very helpful tutorial! Broken Fighting Dome (Kawaii Please) 
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Miss-Ariellia Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
aww its my pleasure!
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the-midnight-fairy Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for this tutorial. I have a question: since I don't have the software SAI but I use Photoshop Cs6, when it's time to change the color of the lineart, how I can select in the most quickly way the linearts I need to change the color? I have to use the magic wand? Or I should make the lineart in separate layers, depending of the color I want them will be? 
 I made my lineart all in one layer, so I think it will be more difficult to select each different portion of area of it and change the color.... 

Thanks if you can give me some advises! 
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Miss-Ariellia Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
Hi :)

That can easily be done in photoshop. All you need to do is have the lineart on its own separate layer. Then create another layer directly ABOVE the line art layer and from there I think you go to the layer menu and you should see 'clipping layer' or something similar (i have photoshop cs5 not 6 so im not sure if it'd be called the same thing in your version, but it should.) anyway select that and anything you colour on that layer will only colour the line art. Once you've finished colouring, just merge the layer down and you'll have coloured lineart! :3

For the seperate layers thing, I actually create a seperate line art layer for the hair and body. If the image has a lot of extra details, I'll also give that its own layer. thats how I do it it and it makes it easier. 

Hope that helped :)
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DevilGal23 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
you're the beans for sharing this! :huggle: I don't do digital art, but I can easily apply this to my traditional!
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Miss-Ariellia Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
haha. Wow I hope it helps, even if the tutorial is a little old. :3
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DevilGal23 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome~
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HoshiChan-CX Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much for sharing this XD
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Miss-Ariellia Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
my pleasure :)
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GISC-AniTeam Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah, neat advice! =D
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Miss-Ariellia Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
thanks :)
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GISC-AniTeam Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome :3
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Windia-NataHime Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you...
this is so helpful
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Miss-Ariellia Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
aww I'm glad :)
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CheshaZombie Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Thanks for sharing this :)
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dudgus2429 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
awesome!
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Ellumy-sshi Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
thank you for this helpful tutorial! :D (Big Grin) 
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Artworx88 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
So amazing! I want to try this! ^_^
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Herestia Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
:O Thank you!!
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Yuniko88 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very useful! Thank you!
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Cirirasp Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Student General Artist
How can you know what to erase, and what not?
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Miss-Ariellia Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
well, the watercolour tool I use is set to a high min size so it comes out very rounded and thick, as opposed to a very low min size. because of that i erase parts of what ive shaded to shape them into 'folds' on the material. urr its kinda hard to explain... if you need a small preview i can show you if you still dont understand :)
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Cirirasp Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Do not worry, I will try to make it first by myself.
If I have problems, I will tell you.
Thank you so much. ^^
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Momineko Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Fantastic!!! Thanks for the nice tutorial ><
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Miss-Ariellia Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
my pleasure :)
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Drewstudio Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh, thank you ! Always wondered how this soft shading was done ! Tried to do it on my own, but the result wasn't exactly what i was searching for (and your technic is !)
*Hugs*
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