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Skin shading tutorial

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Mr_Eraser avatar Mr_Eraser
Level 13 : Journeyman Skinner
So for my style of shading, what you wanna do is make an unshaded version of your skin.
Once you finish the basic skin, you'll want to start shading. We'll start with the head. To shade the head, use a burn/dodge or lighten/darken tool and go over the edges 3 times, one pixel in, 2, then one, then none, like this:
3 3 3 3 3
3 2 2 2
3 2 1 1
3 2 1 0
Do that on all sides of the head except the bottom, the bottom is the opposite, like this:
0 0 0 0 0
0 1 1 1
0 1 2 2
0 1 2 3
If you have headgear, the same rules apply. So that's the head! next, we shall do the body. for most of the body, the same rules apply. Except the sides. For these, you go over the edges twice, and the center once, because they're shadowed. same thing applies with the tops and bottom of the body. if your skin has like a button down shirt,
cut the shading down the middle, if this makes sense.Lol random spoiler
For the arms, you darken around the edges of the skin once. except the left side, you do two on the outside and one in the middle. but then, for sleeves, the skin and the sleeve get they're own shading. on the top and bottom, do the outline twice and then do like a checkerboard on the inside.
same rules apply for the legs.
that's it! i don't know if it made sense...but that's the best way i could describe it.... sorry about the lack of pictures, i couldn't figure out how to put more in... if you feel like explaining it to me, comment.

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02/23/2016 9:14 am
Level 40 : Master Taco
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Thanks you help me reach a LOT OF LEVELS!!
03/16/2015 3:34 pm
Level 48 : Master Enderdragon
The FaiyaBLAST
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im using this to make fnaf skins
03/24/2014 3:21 pm
Level 20 : Expert Toast
Maedmagor avatar
Thanks! This helped me very much. :D
03/10/2013 10:24 am
Level 34 : Artisan Zombie
spruce avatar
Ive seen this tutorial, later I've seen your skins and I must say that they are nice, yes it's true they are not realistic, but to be good skins don't need to be realistic... Your type of shading is like a cartoon type, your skins remember of cartoon's and it's nice... Also they remember me of the Ocd texture pack, because it uses shades, just like you.
@PH1LL1P907: The skins may look unrealistic and not have much shade, but OCDpack also doesn't have much shading and it is much used by builders and people in general, so, don't criticise it, people have their own ways of shading...
03/02/2013 2:31 pm
Level 43 : Master Poro
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Great job! Diamond and sub for you. :3
03/02/2013 10:15 pm
Level 13 : Journeyman Skinner
Mr_Eraser avatar
Thank you :3
03/03/2013 2:03 am
Level 43 : Master Poro
DinoWolf avatar
Your Welcome sir! :3
11/03/2012 10:04 am
Level 11 : Journeyman Artist
Srdap avatar
how to shaded skins??
10/08/2012 3:40 am
Level 46 : Master Unicorn
Aelous avatar
Your shading is bad. And you should FEEL bad. :( Joking. But seriously, that is called gradient shading. It is unrealistic.
10/13/2012 3:19 pm
Level 13 : Journeyman Skinner
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I'm not trying to be realistic, its just my style of shading.
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