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How I Shade Hair - A Pictorial

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avatar the_soup
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Level 71 : Legendary Button Pusher
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Hello everyone. After the release of my last skin, I got asked how I shaded the hair on that skin. I haven't really seen many hair shading tutorials, so I figured I should make one. I'll show you a simplified example of the hair on that skin with only 5 shades, while the original skin had 7 shades for the hair. In reality, you could do even more than that if you wanted.

Generally, each side of the head is made up of 3 different components, so I'll be showing you each three components and what they look like combined.

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The back of the head is shaded like this. To understand why I put the shading and highlights where I did, think of the actual shape of the skull. It's not strictly round--instead it bulges out in the back slightly above center. That's why the highlight is higher than center.

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The shading on the side of the head is pretty similar. Keep in mind that the 'front' of the head is where the arrow is pointing. I put the highlight slightly towards the front of the head. Also keep in mind that, like I said in the picture, the front first column of pixels is generally covered up by 3D hair put in the hat layer. When I put hair in the hat layer I like to have it wrap around the sides slightly--I feel this looks more natural than putting it only on the front.

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The top of the head is probably the most complex part of the head to shade. The reason of this is because this is where the strands of hair from the sides meet, and this is where the part is. For skins with long hair, you should always include a part at the top of the head for realism. To get an idea why I shade my parts with one dark line and one light line, take a look at this lovely lady. Look at how the light creates a highlight on one side of her part while it leaves the other side in shadow. That's basically what I'm trying to replicate.

If this example seem too complex for you, try simplifying the colors a bit. Try only using one shade of highlighting as opposed to two, so the highlights are less complex to draw.

Before I finish this blog, I'd like to address some of the common problems I see when people shade hair:

-Many people shade hair vary lightly. While light shading might make sense for clothing (since clothing isn't shiny or reflective), hair looks better when it's shiny. Don't be afraid to make some bright highlights on your hair.

-Sometimes people will shade hair by only drawing stripes (or 'strands') and leave out any other shading. Remember, the head is rounded, so your shading should indicate that.

-Finally, most people don't hue shift their colors. I can't overstate how important hue shifting is! Out of everything, it's probably the simplest way to make your skins look eye-catching and professional. As an example, think of shiny dark brown hair. When the light hits it, it doesn't just look light taupey-brown, it shines a bright golden shade. Similarly, red hair will shine a coppery-orange shade and not just a pale red pink shade. For more information about hue shifting, check out my blog on the subject.

I hope this blog is helpful and informative. If you like it, please leave a diamond or comment! Thanks.
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02/05/2018 9:25 pm
Level 2 : Apprentice Explorer
meimeibb
thanks :D
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02/09/2016 5:05 pm
Level 38 : Artisan Artist
Inquirer
This helps so much ;o
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12/21/2015 5:19 pm
Level 44 : Master Technomancer
Melancholism
I LOVE THESE COLOURS <3
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11/13/2015 8:17 pm
Level 27 : Expert Blacksmith
MagicDoggo
I tried that shading on this skin, and it ended pretty cool! Thanks!
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10/24/2015 8:28 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
pleaseno
Didn't help
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10/17/2015 2:44 pm
Level 3 : Apprentice Explorer
Joolia
thank you so so sooo much! this has helped me so well, once again.. thank you.. <3
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08/07/2015 8:03 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Elf
iiFlamingRoses
This helped A LOT! Thank you soooo very much for making this!!! ♥♥♥
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05/22/2015 5:11 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
Aisz_Yisb
Very helpful! Thanks! :)
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10/13/2014 3:59 am
Level 16 : Journeyman Fisherman
Reefripz
Thanks you realy helped me
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05/18/2014 12:34 am
Level 34 : Artisan Creeper Hugger
ThatEazyRider
awesome great idea XD!
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01/22/2014 8:39 am
Level 23 : Expert Artist
SparklePuff
I dont get it LEL XD
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07/30/2013 9:12 am
Level 2 : Apprentice Miner
Angeli
Hey,
Are we allowed to use the shading? C:
I'd be proud to ^-^
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07/09/2013 12:33 am
Level 29 : Expert Unicorn
Sarcasm_
What skin editor do you use
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06/14/2013 6:56 am
Level 48 : Master Elf
Karma
Amazing tutorial! :D I used this tutorial + tried my own version of roobus's shading :3

Here's the link:
www.planetminecraft.com/skin/farmer-girl-new-shading/
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06/05/2013 7:37 pm
Level 5 : Apprentice Architect
laxgoalie413
This tutorial is exactly what I've been looking for!
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06/03/2013 3:02 am
Level 14 : Journeyman Network
jum
100th diamond! ^w^
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05/18/2013 8:51 pm
Level 24 : Expert Pixel Painter
RunningPiano
Thank you, very good tutorial :)
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04/15/2013 9:48 pm
Level 15 : Journeyman Warrior
Knifefreak333
You just blew my mind
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03/16/2013 12:11 pm
Level 17 : Journeyman Cowboy
Aranwen
I don't think you've ever done a tutorial on this, but could you show how to combine two different hair colours (or more)? I'm not sure how to make a smooth transition between, say, pink and blue. It would probably look very unnatural (thought pink and blue hair is unnatural to start with e - e).
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06/23/2013 4:30 pm
Level 71 : Legendary Button Pusher
the_soup
Sorry about my late reply, but I've never really done anything like that. What I'd probably would do would be to look at examples of other skins with two-colored hair and see if there were any techniques they used that I like. Probably, in that situation, I'd attempt to have a bit of purple in the middle where they met.
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03/13/2013 8:21 pm
Level 3 : Apprentice Robot
FallingRain
Sweet
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03/10/2013 1:31 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Lad
silverfox1234
I created my own skin using this tutorial! Thanks :D
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03/09/2013 8:47 am
Level 28 : Expert Geek
milbelle1
the_soup how do you shade the bang part (front part) of the head?
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03/09/2013 12:34 am
Level 25 : Expert uwu
Girouette
le_soup -Fox- here found 2 pieces of stolen content, on this guys page.
http://www.planetminecraft.com/member/fallingoutatruck/
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03/07/2013 9:05 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Grump
iminer978
Umm... I'm trying to think of a good pun to comment here.
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03/06/2013 2:53 pm
Level 40 : Master Dragonborn
Purpaw
Thank you :]
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03/06/2013 1:26 pm
Level 51 : Grandmaster Technomancer
Frostgeneral2k
Pretty cool!
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03/06/2013 3:19 am
Level 32 : Artisan Skinner
solemnote
About time I found something like this -_-
Finally.
You're awesome :3
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03/06/2013 2:10 am
Level 23 : Expert Network
deltoraquestgirl
this is kinda confusing, I dont understand? could u please dumb it down a bit?
sorry. It's a great blog ^.^ I just dont understand D=
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03/05/2013 4:38 am
Level 18 : Journeyman Miner
Phrozenbit
Helpful :) thanks. I'll keep this in mind for whenever I create a skin again.
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03/04/2013 10:26 pm
Level 40 : Master Pixel Painter
blinky36
Thanks for the tips! I never thought of shading parts of my skins by "overlapping" in this technique. Nice to see some open mindsets :)
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03/04/2013 9:53 pm
Level 2 : Apprentice Miner
LeSparkz
ermagerd awsum rainboo hare
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03/04/2013 6:36 pm
Level 3 : Apprentice Network
CatStack
Colors Hurt Meh eyes Nice Tutorial!
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03/04/2013 5:43 pm
Level 65 : High Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
kvSketch
Very nice, you should make a tutorial on none-linear hair too, for a more advanced tutorial.
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03/04/2013 11:53 am
Level 11 : Journeyman Network
Zeerawk
So ,I create a few layers,and combine them?
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03/04/2013 2:31 pm
Level 71 : Legendary Button Pusher
the_soup
Well, I don't do it with layers (obviously can't with MCSkin3D), I just keep those three things in mind when drawing the hair. Usually I start out by drawing the strands, then the darker bits along the edges, and finally I add the highlights.
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03/04/2013 3:16 pm
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
I did it with layers and it actually turned out quite like yours
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03/04/2013 11:24 am
Level 59 : Grandmaster Scapegoat
LightTwig
I hate hair.
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05/02/2013 9:14 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Cowboy
SnargleBlargle
Ok, Francis.
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03/04/2013 9:05 am
Level 27 : Expert Zombie
Giggimish
how to draw llama? kntxbai
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03/04/2013 8:25 am
Level 39 : Artisan Mage
+Sheena+
its loveleh
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03/04/2013 6:53 am
Level 51 : Grandmaster Lad
NubNoobNewb
thanks i have trouble for the head top and back :)
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03/04/2013 6:37 am
Level 47 : Master Blockhead
Happs
thx this will really help in my upcoming skins( i will credit you )
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03/04/2013 5:46 am
Level 65 : High Grandmaster Skinner
Dollars
i like
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03/04/2013 5:24 am
Level 66 : High Grandmaster Senpai
Ludicrous
nice tutorial, made things easier! :3
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03/04/2013 4:50 am
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Caveman
Ragnur Le Barbare
How2shade body hair pls?
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03/04/2013 8:31 am
Level 69 : High Grandmaster Skinner
Teddy
make frizzy not striped ok
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03/04/2013 8:34 am
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Caveman
Ragnur Le Barbare
STRIPES???!?!!?!!!?
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03/04/2013 8:34 am
Level 69 : High Grandmaster Skinner
Teddy
GREEBLES!?!?!1!?!?!!?!?1
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03/04/2013 3:17 pm
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
SCRIBBLES?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!
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