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For Sare / How to cheat at shading by Ehetere For Sare / How to cheat at shading by Ehetere
Because I might be one of the laziest artists on the planet, I'm always looking for an easier way to complete my art and make it look good. This is for *saregona who was looking for ideas on how others cope with the evils of shading, as well as any one else who is curious.

The livestream video of me shading this picture: [link]

Completed image:

Image 1: Flat Colour
I always flat colour my images before applying shading, and I try to add as much depth of colour as possible since it really makes the overlay shading pop. Essentially, detailed and varied flat colour shading is your one stop ticket to really easy, realistic(ish) looking shading. Top tip. As you can see here, I've used a combination of reds, oranges, browns, blues and purples to complete my flat colour layer.

Image 2: Normal Mode
This is actually my completed shading without any filters being applied. As you can see, I use varying shades of grey, though not too extreme to produce my results. I use two layers: one for highlights (which I do first) and then one for shadows (which I apply where necessary after). The highlight layer is layer 20, and the shadow layer is layer 23.

Image 3: Highlights
Here I've hidden the shadow layer and set the highlights to screen. You can see that the majority of my shading really happens in my highlighting, and the shadow layer only adds some depth. It also demonstrates how easy it is to get a depth of colour in your shading using a filter shading layer. Having a look at my livestream will help with seeing how I actually apply the highlights, which is very gradually with a medium soft brush on a low opacity.

Image 4: Shadows
This is really a final touch I add to give everything a bit more depth. Not a lot to say here really, applied in the same way as my highlights, though it does go over the highlight layer and I set it to multiply.
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xantlercat Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MapleFilly Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
A little late here, but just a quick question :lmao: So you screen the highlights and do what to the shadow layer?
PokemonGal16 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Student General Artist
thats a good tip :)
boxofpeaches Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahaaaa, I will have to try this!
Ehetere Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:giggle: Yeah, lazy artist numero uno here, spreading the love with the dA community :XD:
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November 23, 2012
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