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Using the GIMP : Soft-Shading by saphiremomo Using the GIMP : Soft-Shading by saphiremomo
I'm so very sorry to those with slow connections - this file is huge, and I didn't feel like breaking it up into to separate files because then I would probably never get finished with the second part, just like with the lineart tutorial. I swear, I will get that done, someday!

Anyway, this is mainly a tutorial for those who are beginners to soft-shading. I show two of my different styles of soft-shading in this tutorial, and I hope I wrote it helpfully.

If you have any questions or concerns, please tell me! I always want to be as helpful as possible.

I reference several of my other tutorials in this tutorial, so here are some links to them.

Layers Tutorial *Very Important* -> [link]
Lineart Tutorial -> [link]
Cell-Shading Tutorial *Very Important* -> [link]
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misty-mary Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good
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Kingofsouls Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Looks promising. Are you going to make an "advanced" guide to get a little more in-depth?
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0ForestLights0 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this :3
I stink at shading but now I found this I think I've gotten better! :3
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SayaTsukikoran Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
thank oyu you REEEEALy go into detail on this its nice to have some thoughrough instruction thank you! X3
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saphiremomo Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Glad it helped!
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leafdapple007 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
This helped sooooooooooooooooooooo much!!!!!!! Exactly what I needed!!!! I am soooo happy now!!!! And your layers tutorial helped a lot too!!!
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saphiremomo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad it helped you so much!
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XtcOverdose Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Argh this was so helpful thank you! :3
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UsayFudo Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome :D
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PuccaZeldaPPGFan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Student Artist
Thank you! I really needed help with shading! :iconpuccazeldappgfan: approves! :D
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danybri21 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very useful tutorial :D
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ayame18 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Nice tutorial, it'll help me with shading. :clap:
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SiNgInGxSoLaC3xXD Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I am so lost o.o
I don't see the window that shows the layers! o-o
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saphiremomo Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
In your menu, go to windows > dockable dialogs > layers, and that should pop it up. I dont' think it's up by default anymore (as it was when I made this tutorial)
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Blue-Radiance Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Student Photographer
Thanks, really helped. :meow:
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Mistgod Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are AWESOME! Thank you, thank you! I am only just starting GIMP today, and it seemed confusing. This gets me started doing something with it! Thanks!
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Rainears Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
YAY!
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caradecunha Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Also now that I read it for the like 5th time? I think i finnaly got it on how to do the smudging one (wasnt understanding whenr eading it now I do!!!) thanks again very easy to follow
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caradecunha Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks this helped me create this [link]
So thanks so much!
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MitsukuniAnise Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
One question, just how exactly do you turn Grayscale to RGB?
My scanner doesn't seem to want to scan in RGB and I don't know how to change it from grayscale. D:
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Blue-Radiance Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Student Photographer
I have this problem all the time too. :)
Image>Mode>RGB
That should help. :D
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HoofPrintsInTheSand Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Image>Mode>RBG.

Nice tutorial, Helped me a fair bit. :)
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Excellent Job, it really hepled me !
Thx !
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Wolfie-wolfie-chan Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
um..how do I soft shade the hair and skin? Do I just do the same thing, except on a different layer?
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Shilohx15 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm not good at using layers. If you could explain the second version a little better, you know i blinde terms, then maybe I'd be able to do it. I need to learn to color better asap. Whoever is good at explaining and knows how to do this, please message me immeditely. Thanks.
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DiscoMunication Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
this was REALLY helpful! thankyou so much! the lineart tutorial was really good too!
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imkazzy Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
Aweshum tut (=
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slikari Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
Thank you so much for this tutorial! It's my new favorite way to shade :]
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Kristin-Stordahl Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
this doesn't fucking work!!!!!
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Yakkov Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Very useful^^
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Amaya14 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
i got stuck at put a white layer below both transparent...could you explain that better?
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Mike-J Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
Good stuff!
but the smudge tool and the airbrush tool give a similar effect with less effort.
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pralinkova-princezna Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting! I haven't tried the masking method, but smudging is my favourite. I use selections for colouring instead of coloring over the lines, and then lock opacity, that works well too. :D I also made a Gimp tutorial, I think this great program needs more promotion. ;)
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xEmoMuffinx Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a question...

What exactly does the mask do?
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BriBriBlitz Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008  Student Digital Artist
how can i make the backroundcopy transparent?
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xEmoMuffinx Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
You can't make the background copy transparent.
That's one of the special attributes of the Background layer.

Oh wait. ._.

You said background COPY? My bad. It explains it in the tutorial, the bit with the "colour to alpha".
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BriBriBlitz Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008  Student Digital Artist
thank you!
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xEmoMuffinx Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
^^;

No problem~
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iwuvmuffins Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007
I have been trying to find the RBG thing on my GIMP program but I can't find it. Could you please help me? But other than this, your a great help to me.
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saphiremomo Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2007  Student Digital Artist
The RGB or RBG or whatever it's called is found under Image -> Mode -> RGB.
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Amenothep38 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007
great tut! ^^
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saphiremomo Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Thank you.
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aimlesslife Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007   Photographer
LOL unlike most other tutorials, i actually wanted to read every word you wrote (; very good
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lenlen46 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007
You are the most awsome person I swear! I AM BEYOND HAPPY! THANK YOU!!
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Yuna-Tulin Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
Thanks for this tutiorial! ^0^ I use the smudge method but I didn't know about the masking way of doing it <.>;; Also, I never got my lineart with a transparent bg, and so the colours always went over the lines - but that really helps! :heart:
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CalypsoSilverhawk Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007
Schweet. :3
I prefer the second, because the first method doesn't give you a very good contrast between colors and ends up looking slightly flat. :P
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