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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  Student General Artist
so thats how that works
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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
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PawArmy Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Thank you for posting and explaining this!
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MysteriousKaos Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Which software do you use?
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DeviousMindArt Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am the REAL Devious. AHAHA!
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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!
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megascetch Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SO MUCH WORK!...
but thanks for the info, it'll make me a better artist!
love the pic! :deviation:
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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.
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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. :)
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Equestria-Prevails Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Almost missed this post! Thank you very much for the advice
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:iconpasss07:
Passs07 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student General Artist
coolzie
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:iconscrooples:
Scrooples Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for posting this, it is very interesting to see the creative process.
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:iconchingypants:
ChingyPants Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you don't mind me asking, What program/programs do you use for your art?
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:iconequestria-prevails:
Equestria-Prevails Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
I do pretty much everything in Photoshop CS5

OpenCanvas is useful for sketching sometimes
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:iconscrooples:
Scrooples Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is open canvas a part of photoshop or a stand alone program?
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:iconequestria-prevails:
Equestria-Prevails Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
OC is a different program, it's popular with pixiv artists
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:iconscrooples:
Scrooples Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
damnit lol, its like your speaking a different language! I haven't the slightest idea what a pixiv artist is.
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Yavos Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Wow, I didn't expect you could use journals like that.
Do you always shade like that or are there some other techniques you use too?

Looking at your finished shadow layer also leads me to the question how you determine the blurriness of the different parts. Do you already know about this before drawing it?
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Equestria-Prevails Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Kinda depends on how much light is going to be in the pic, this is good for scenes with lots of shade, or night time

Re the blurring I just play around until I found something I like
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einsUNDcolt Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
All I can say is Dayum!
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RaenBoow Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Coooooooooooooooool :wow: The Magics are revealed Thank you!! :D I may try this with...... mediocre success... :thumbsup::thumbsup:
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
That's so awesome~!
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:iconyazzob:
YazzoB Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012   General Artist
Fantastic, thanks SO much for sharing! The first thing I thought when I saw that picture was 'Wow that is gorgeous shading' and 'I wonder how he did it exactly', so it's nice to have that answered. :D
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TheLonelyBrony Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow its like a how to! thanks XD
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Carneeval Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Amazing :iconrlyplz:
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:iconandershedstrom:
AndersHedstrom Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Interesting! Thanks for the insight.
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CybertronikPony Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Wah haha! This shall be useful!
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:iconbairne:
Bairne Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thank you for this heartily! Now, I just need to learn how to actually use layers like that...
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:iconsirconradicus:
SirConradicus Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Now I know! And Knowing is half the battle!
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:iconnun2artzy:
Nun2artzy Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I have been informed using the power of the internet.
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Crpdude Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
The fact that you post guides for how you do this stuff is maddeningly helpful. You're a cool pony. X3
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:iconbraindps:
BrainDps Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm interested!
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AnubicDarque Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing this. It has taught me a lot about what is required. I am not up to this level yet but this has given me the tools I will need when I get there
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anzul Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student General Artist
same here :D

now i know what that mask buttom is for XD
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KeinZantezuken Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Share the original PSD please?
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Equestria-Prevails Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
It's a bit too big for me to upload (60MB)
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KeinZantezuken Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Not on DA. Use Dropbox or SendSpace/MediaFire and drop link in this journal.
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kyo4kusanagi Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YAY!! thanks for the info ~ ^^
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