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Digital Coloring Tutorial (SAI + Photoshop) by Ze-RoFruits Digital Coloring Tutorial (SAI + Photoshop) by Ze-RoFruits
As promised here's a tutorial on how I paint digitally

Here's the painting from the tutorial


Table of Contents
• Sketch & Lineart
• Coloring with SAI
• Excursion: Blending (+ settings) with SAI
• Coloring-Steps on skin, hair, clothing
• Coloring-Steps on the background

This tutorial covers a basic walkthrough of my coloring routine. A lot of things could actually be covered in their own tutorials - so please excuse me if some things are only explained very roughly!
I hope you find it helpful anyways <3

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me!

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Do not use without permission - if you share it on other websites, credit me!
I'd appreciate comments and favs - please do not just download this without a word ^_^'


Here's the watercolor tutorial (that's referenced in this tutorial)
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:iconladyhollow626:
ladyhollow626 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
a great tutorial with my favorite anime on top! :iconlaplz:
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:iconze-rofruits:
Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015   General Artist
Thank you!! ^^
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:iconrosielis:
Rosielis Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Student General Artist
\o/ ohmagawd, I've always had trouble with lighting and shading, thank youus
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:iconze-rofruits:
Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015   General Artist
An no problem! I haven't covered the lighting part in detail, but I still hope you could learn something from this tutorial :)
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DirectorTitan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
shiiiitt, this tutorial is awesome! I have a lot of trouble coloring digitally and this looks really helpful, thank you!
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:iconze-rofruits:
Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015   General Artist
Thanks a lot! I'm glad I could help ^^
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:iconcarolina22:
Carolina22 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!!
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:iconze-rofruits:
Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014   General Artist
my pleasure ^^
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:iconxetherealgrace:
xEtherealGrace Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student General Artist
This tutorial is amazingly helpful for a noob like me, and the end picture is just stunning! Thanks so much for posting it! :iconiloveitplz:
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:iconze-rofruits:
Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014   General Artist
Ahhh thank you!! Glad you like it! <3

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:iconluckycream:
LuckyCream Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Student General Artist
I love this tutorial. and I love the way you explain everything clearly. Thank you very much for the tutorial!

and OMG you have watercolor tutorial I've been looking for ages. Thank you! This going to help me a lot Love 
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:iconze-rofruits:
Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014   General Artist
Thanks a lot! I'm very glad you like it :3
If you have more questions, just ask me!
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harukaaaaaaa Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
This tutorial is so helpful! I learnt a lot from it *0*
I have a couple of questions from it though, sorry if it was in the tutorial already ''

-In the sketch layer you have a weird shape thing around Nagisa and Makoto's arm - it looks like a composition thing to me but what does it actually do?
-Is there a reason why you used black and white first on the pillows in the background before adding the colours on?

if it's not too much time to explain hahaa... and thank you again!
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:iconze-rofruits:
Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013   General Artist
Thanks! I'm glad it was helpful! :3
- I don't know which one you mean? There are actually several lines which help me to get the anatomy and forms right. The green lines for example are the first rough sketch while the darker purple-ish lines include their clothes and more details... I hope I could answer your question?
- Yes, because I didn't know which colors I wanted to use xD But you can also skip the black and white part and just color straight away! But since the pillows have very similar colors, I decided to use a black/white base, so I can easily adjust the colors even in later steps..

Ask away if you have more questions! ^^
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:iconxchibinchanx:
xChibinChanx Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely tutorial~! I'll need to try this soon.
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:iconze-rofruits:
Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   General Artist
Thanks! If you have any questions, feel free to ask me!
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:iconsora-jimonitos:
sora-jimonitos Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial!
Thank you so much for sharing it, it's really helpful
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:iconze-rofruits:
Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013   General Artist
thank you! I'm glad it was helpful to you!
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:iconsolarfalcon:
solarfalcon Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
I need ta get SAI -_-
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:iconze-rofruits:
Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   General Artist
There are a lot of dl links on deviantart for it :3


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:iconartratene:
artratene Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Pftt, what is lineart even. XD
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:iconze-rofruits:
Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   General Artist
haha why? xD
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:iconsilly-orange:
silly-orange Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Great tutorial, thanks!
What font have you used to write this tut?
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:iconze-rofruits:
Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   General Artist
Thank you! I think it's a google font called Exo

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:iconmintybreeze:
mintybreeze Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this is very helpful! Can you use your painting methods in photoshop? (I don't have sai) The blending... coloring... its so pretty :)
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:iconze-rofruits:
Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013   General Artist
hi! Thanks a lot!
Yeah, the basic method is applicable to photoshop as well! (In that case ignore the excursion about the SAI settings..)

The main thing Im doing is just picking up the middle colors to create a color gradient. 
Also, do not use the smudge tool for blending :3
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:iconprakashdhumal:
prakashdhumal Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Artist
Fantastic tutorial. and specially blending technique are so superb 
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:iconze-rofruits:
Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013   General Artist
thanks a lot! let me know if you have any further questions!
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:iconlanokir:
Lanokir Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, they are great! >u< Really need to test some of them sometime! :>
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:iconze-rofruits:
Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013   General Artist
Thanks a lot! I hope they prove to be useful to you ;_;

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:iconlanokir:
Lanokir Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, it is nice help for sure : > Even if I cant draw as well, as you, is always help appreciated >U<
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Dalal-N Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm finding the text a little hard to read in some of the smaller boxes. Could you have a slightly larger version available for download, please? :D
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:iconmadnicky:
MadNicky Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Student General Artist
OMG you'r amazing!!!
I fucking love you, really <3
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:iconze-rofruits:
Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013   General Artist
thanks so much ;A;

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:iconyuki-midna:
Yuki-Midna Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fabulous! I will definitely have to try this!
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:iconze-rofruits:
Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013   General Artist
:heart:
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:iconvorvayne:
Vorvayne Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god. Helpful. I'mma play around with SAI some more. 
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:iconze-rofruits:
Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013   General Artist
thanks!!
If you have any questions, feel free to ask me <3
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:icondestatidreamxiii:
DestatiDreamXIII Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is so helpful!! Thank you so much for making this!!!
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:iconze-rofruits:
Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013   General Artist
aw thanks! It's really hard to explain how I paint, because most of the time I have no clue how to paint proper with digital tools either xD
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:icontygerlander:
Tygerlander Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic tutorial! I will be sure to try some of the techniques you mention here.  Thank you so much for putting this together :heart:
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:iconze-rofruits:
Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013   General Artist
aww thanks a lot! I hope they are helpful!

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:icontygerlander:
Tygerlander Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It is.  I've tried doing proper cell shading and it's not really for me.  Been kinda freeform shading almost in a painting style (trying to remember the landscape painting I did in high school)

Last few things I did with shading looks muddy to me.  After this craft fair that I'm prepping to sell my handcrafted crap this upcoming weekend, I'll start experimenting with the techniques here ^_^
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