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My tips on skinning.

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Darkrai48's Avatar Darkrai48
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Skinner
Today I dug up an old skinning tips blog I made AGES ago, and I'm fixing it all up!
Here are a few tips on how to improve your skinning and make things a little easier:

1. How I like to shade smooth clothing is I first color in all of the area with a medium shade, then I get a much darker shade, and make little dots in the corners ( I also do this with skin ). To make a dark shade a tiny bit lighter, increase the opacity. So I do that and keep adding to the dots I made in the corners, if that makes any sense.

2. When making girls' eyelashes over black hair, make the lashes a deep deep purple, so that they don't blend right in with the hair. Also, on lashes, try to add 3 different shades of dark grey, instead of solid black. This will make it look more shaded and overall better :)

3. When there is a single line of color going horizontally, for example, striped socks on a leg, shade darker on the inside, then get lighter as you go outward.

4. When I make things that go over a gap on the skin, like wings on the back, that kind of go onto the arms a little, color on the sides on the body and arms, so when the character walks in game, it won't look like the wings, or whatever else, have a slice in them.

5. I'm sure this goes without saying, but when you make some puffy hair or headwear on a skin, make sure to use the "helmet" section of the skin! So that was the head won't look flat and un-detailed.

6. When making hair, it's a good idea to map out the hair-covered area before hand in black or white, so you know where to put the hair.

Anyway, I hope these helped a little! Thanks for reading :P


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Update #2 : by Darkrai48 09/04/2012 5:22:46 pmSep 4th, 2012

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09/04/2012 7:53 pm
Level 60 : High Grandmaster Pixel Painter
TinyKender's Avatar
Teach me how to shade hair!! I suck at it! D:
09/04/2012 8:05 pm
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Skinner
Darkrai48's Avatar
it took me like twenty tries before I got it, but how I learned is I just studied it for a long time,
08/28/2012 11:02 am
Level 13 : Journeyman Miner
Bellabootsie's Avatar
This is awesome! I'll be sure to keep all of those in mind when skinning :)
08/28/2012 11:05 am
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Skinner
Darkrai48's Avatar
thanks, I'm glad it helps!
08/28/2012 6:23 am
Level 23 : Expert Unicorn
CupPanda's Avatar
Thank you! This will help me with my skin making! Subscribed and diamond!
08/28/2012 10:44 am
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Skinner
Darkrai48's Avatar
No prob! :D
05/17/2012 9:38 pm
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Skinner
Darkrai48's Avatar
oh, and by the "srry no pics" at the top, I meant no pics IN the blog.