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Mini tutorial: Shading techniques in SAI by secret-pony Mini tutorial: Shading techniques in SAI by secret-pony
Another secret revealed!
Also apologies for typo's. I don't have a working spellcheck.

If you're looking for more resources for drawing (ponies), check out my other tutorials:


My (poor) explanation on layer clipping: (one but last paragraph)

Q: Will you make a tutorial for PS/gimp/*insert any other program* ?
A: No. I never used any of those and I'm not going to find out for you. Search DA or Google.
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:icontearahk:
Tearahk Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh, I tend to use the blur tool when I try shading. It really helps create the gradual effect of shadows. ^_^
But I shall definitely try this out. :D
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secret-pony Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I've been doing that too lately x3
But you can combine it with layer modes to get darker shading or unexpectedly different colors. :nod:
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:icontearahk:
Tearahk Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooo, that sounds cool. I'll try that as well. :D
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pencilpro14 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I love your pony's and if you can recomend a website or app that would be awesome plz do my luck with these things is terrible as you can see with my attempts ( epic fail) thanks!:-)
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secret-pony Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I use paint tool SAI :nod:
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pencilpro14 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I looked Said up on my android tablet and it show weird India man ? Is it for aple or computer? Thefor responding nnormally it takes 4eve:-)
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I udnno what youre looking at but when i google paint tool sai this is the first hit i get detstwo.com/sai/ i don't know if it works on apple since i only use pc
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pencilpro14 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks do you mind if Ido line art on some of your ponys I will put where I got the pic and I won't do it if you say no and I understand if you do and thanks for the web address
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
No, sorry. I would rather not have anyone use my work as a base for lineart. ^^;
But thank you for asking me first instead of just using my work without telling me.
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pencilpro14 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
K and your welcome Iknow how oit feels when you do the work and they get the credit, that's very school project for me:-) well then I am going to doodle on a project don't worry it's not yours.
-penpro14
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you understand :)
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the-pink-dragon Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I was looking for this tutorial so hard just a bit ago! I remember seeing it a long time ago, and couldn't for the life of me remember how to get the shading to work on multiple colors. I'm really glad I was able to find it through searching. But now I'll fave it so I can find it again easily. Thanks so much for making this, I would have never been able to figure this out myself :)
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
No problem! And good luck! ^^
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TheBlueDreamMaker Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pretty good tips!
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Peiridae Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really helpful! Thanks so much! :D
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HermesSquirrel Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very very useful! Thanks for the help! :thumbsup:
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secret-pony Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad you found it useful <3
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the-pink-dragon Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is very helpful! I've had SAI for a long time and I've never known the value of those layer modes!
I have a question though, what program do you use to put the text in your tutorials? SAI doesn't have a text tool, does it?
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secret-pony Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I type everything in word and copy it to SAI ._.
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the-pink-dragon Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
*Gasp* You can do that? I've never thought of that... Wow, I feel dumb now, but thank you, you just saved me a hell of a lot of trouble :'D
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secret-pony Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You have to use wordart though, it won't copy text. :3
When you copy to say, go to layer > luminancy to transparancy, to clear the white background
and then you have the text in Sai ^^
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the-pink-dragon Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh, okay. That's really handy. I've tried copying text from paint over but couldn't get rid of the white box for the life of me. So that's what the luminance to transparency does... Nice! That's saves me a whole lot of heartache. Thank you :3
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secret-pony Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It changes everything white to transparancy
(but also greyscales to semi transparant ;) )
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the-pink-dragon Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That is wonderful. I wish I had known that. The greyscale thing seems like it would come in handy as well.
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Soapy-Lump-Nugget Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY GOD YOUR HANDWRITING. IT IS SO CUTE AND NEAT AND AMAZING AND AHHH :iconloveloveplz:

*ahem* Um, I meant, thanks for the tutorial! :aww: I really liked it, and it helped a lot! :D
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secret-pony Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hahaha... ty? x3
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juurikun Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And all my life I've been straining to find the perfect colors for cell-shading.
Thank you u da best :icon2dlaplz:
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secret-pony Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:icondashsaluteplz:
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MERKLEYtheDRUNKEN Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
I'll gonna check out if this works on FireAlpaca too! I never used multiply so far...I hate math!
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
hahaha xD gl ^^
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MERKLEYtheDRUNKEN Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
I tried! It worx! But I'm too lazy for this XD
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SketchyStart Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't quite understand how diferent shading colors work with the base colors, so I just use a normal black Layer with about 50 opacity.
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secret-pony Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Just try using different colours sometimes. They create very neat colour combo's, usually much more interesting ones than semi-transparant black.
I usually don't know how they'll look beforehand either, it's trial and error every time. ^^
Over time you'll start to develop a feeling for which ones fit together and what kind of effect they give. (Example: brown or red over yellow, creates a golden-ish shadow)
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NekoGirl29 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You have no idea how much I need a tutorial like this.
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secret-pony Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Heh, you're welcome then ^^
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NekoGirl29 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
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danteskitten Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used this for a drawing and it's so helpful! Thank you :]
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secret-pony Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad you found it helpful! ^^
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Luna-ris Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Which Version of Sai do you use? Because I haven't the Layer Modes ''Shade'' and ''Lumi&Shade''.

I would be happy about response :D
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
There aren't like version number versions of SAI, as far as I know.
By distributing and re-distributing the same version or different translations of the same version, over and over again, some functions probably have gotten lost.

Just try to find a new (different) one.
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llulichan Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank u this was really helpfull
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:iconsecret-pony:
secret-pony Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad you think so ^^
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PlatinaStar Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet! So going to use this :D
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secret-pony Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Great! gl!
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shadowfaxgait Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nicely done!
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secret-pony Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thanks ^^
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MiraKHall Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The hard part is trying to pick the optimum shade color... and separating them from others that isn't the shame color ^^; Painting blue, shaded pants on an orange, shaded ottsel is pretty tricky :XD:
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secret-pony Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
But it sure makes things a lot easier this way, in stead of manually picking out the color on the color wheel yourself. x3
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Mechanized515 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad Dshou put a poll up with this been shown. hopefully I can make my shading better with this soooo thank you for making this :D
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secret-pony Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:icondashsaluteplz: yw, I'm glad you find it useful
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