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Just in case anyone was interested, shading from newest pic for the middle layers

1) Flats
2) Mask
3) Planning out highlights
4) Also dappled light filtering through foliage, shadows from beams
5) Finished shadow layer
6) Over the flats

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GhostNinjaART Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so thats how that works
Nicaryan-Knight Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So THAT'S how you do it! :D
Too bad, I don't use photoshop... :/
Maybe I should just get Sketchbook Express Pro instead... :I
PawArmy Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Thank you for posting and explaining this!
MysteriousKaos Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Which software do you use?
DeviousMindArt Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am the REAL Devious. AHAHA!
Cromerlock Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student
Greetings good sir!

I spent some time trying to figure out exactly how it was done so let see if I am correct:

1) Base colors in one layer
2) We have clipping mask filled pure black with opacity about 50%
3) We paint light areas with pure white
4) Where we need to erase to modify we pain it again with black
5) Not going to lie - on that step I got confused it for certain you either use blur tool where you feel fit or just simply use Gaussian blur filter with something like </= 10... But how did it turned white-to-transparent? I suppose at that step you changed layer mode to multiply?

Would be really-really nice of you if you could respond and correct me if I am wrong and especially explain 5th part more deeply. However if I am wrong and you do not feel like correcting simple “No” will do and I'll just try to figure it out on my own via more experimenting.

In any case thank you for sharing this!
megascetch Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
but thanks for the info, it'll make me a better artist!
love the pic! :deviation:
DDHyuugaman Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Do you happen to know if Illustrator can do masks like this, or will I have to export to Photoshop?
I really wish you had a video of this, I want to learn how to do it. I've been doing more and more vectors, but they just don't seems to stand out.
Anima-dos Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Heya Dear!

I am seeing your procedure and it is very organized. However, I have a suggestion that might be fun for you to try.

You are using black for shadows, which is affecting your colors and removing vibrance. You can avoid that by sticking to one extra principle of painting; that being, warm light cast cold shadow and viceversa. So, here, we have low sunlight (an orange-yellow=warm) so, the shadow should be Blue/purple, set to multiply at at least 45%.

You can compliment that effect with gradients and filters after, but that is just mirrors and smokes, the real deal is what I just exaplained. :)
Equestria-Prevails Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Almost missed this post! Thank you very much for the advice
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