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Soft-Cel Shading Tut. by tabbykat Soft-Cel Shading Tut. by tabbykat
This is a tutorial for the soft-edged cel-shading I've been using as of late. It works in just about all versions of Photoshop, I think.

I've had a couple people ask for it, including Nemi, and it's her birthday this Friday so I have to be nice. :P

So, here it is. It's huge (about 1mb, actually), so you've been warned.
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ShayGar Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student
Ooooh! This is so simple yet awesome! Thanks! :D
CrookedShankz Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for making this!! I'm so happy I found your tutorial!! It is going to be such a huge help for me! :D
Queenstormwolf15 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for this
Kurisuchan-kun Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student General Artist
I seeing it useful!
I'll try to follow this tut. Thank you.
Kuro-Churro Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd be more interested if you used a.. less suggestive picture.
shadow-candy Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great! But one thing I feel stupid to ask is on my photoshop I dont seem to have the brush your using could you help me find it?
Octomar Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
So that's how they do it!
OMG Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You:iconthankyouplz:
Tres Bien!...
MangaWhispers Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Student General Artist
Soooo... what's the difference between cell shading and soft cell shading???
DragonReine Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Basic cel shading is where the different color blocks are seperated by HARD edges, like cutouts laid on top of each other.

Pros: Very graphic, very bold and easy to do
Cons: For more complex lineart, or 'sophisticated' drawing styles, it looks a bit cartoony.

Soft cel shading is basically the basic cel shading, but with SOFT edges in certain areas, so the color transitions look more natural, mimicking "traditional" paint blending but overall still maintaining the graphical coloring style of comics/manga.

Pros: Done correctly, it makes a piece look very sophisticated, with a 3D-ish feel.
Cons: Unless you know where to put the soft edges and where to keep the hard ones, you will risk "muddying-up" your drawing, and even make the overall form look incorrect.
MeowTwice Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Thanks! Awesome tutorial!

I would've expected it to be harder, but this was super easy. Thanks again!
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