How to draw anime in photoshop

So, welcome back to my regular lesson from me (Juu-Yuki). I decided to create this lesson because of the large number of requests. Well, it’s not really a lesson … it’s more like a detailed process. Before I begin, I would like to point out that this lesson is only for a tablet. I apologize to the users of the mouse, but I will not cover the methods of its use.

Everything you find here is my personal skills. Read at your own risk as I am not a professional.
For this lesson I used the following:
– The tablet
– Drink with aloe vera (not required :))

Step 1. So, let’s begin. Before we do anything, we must first sketch everything. Take time to do this and maintain maximum accuracy. If the sketch is too untidy, you will not be able to circle the outline.

In this image you see my sketch Mukuro. Isn’t he cute? Khe-khe … Pay attention to the bright lines. I always use the bright blue color for my sketches, as it pleases my eye. Choose a bright color that you like and work with it.

Step 2. Now, as for the contour. I have already created a lesson on how I make lines, so check it out in my gallery.
So, after you finish painting the whole drawing, you should have something like this:

Important! The more carefully you work, the easier it will be to add basic colors. Always zoom in up to 200% to check all lines. There may be errors that are not visible in a reduced form. If you do not check them before coloring, you may encounter problems. I will explain about them later.

Step 3. Create a layer under your contour (lineart) and name it “background” (background). This will be your background layer, and it will be with you until you finish. Fill it with any color you want and make sure that it is not dim and not too bright. Neutral gray is best. The background layer will become your best friend. He will help you see all the bright colors.

Your layers should look like this:

Step 4. So-so, the next thing I do is to apply the colors that I will use in my work on a new layer. It includes my base colors, highlights and shadows. Just draw these colors right on the new layer.

Although I said that I would use all the colors, you should know that this is not the absolute truth. During coloring I often tend to mix different shades. The colors that are defined now will not be exactly the ones that I will use in my work. “Then why do you impose these colors?” You ask. Because they define the base and give me a basic idea of ​​what range of colors will be used. This is better than blindly choosing colors right in the process of coloring. True? True? РРррр … Do not pay attention to me .. I’m just strange. Ha ha ha! Hmm … let’s continue.

Step 5. Still not confused? Let me guide you back on track. Here is what your layers should look like. Renaming layers will help you a lot in the process … trust me. I’ve never done this before. This was the main reason why I created my work for so long – I just spent a lot of time searching for one layer I needed among all the others.

See the new layer that I called skin (skin)? This is the layer where the skin color will be applied. Also note that the color palette (colors) is hidden. When we need it again, we just turn it on again and use it. pipette (color picker) for sampling color. My little tricky reception :)

Step 6. For the next step, we will need to use the tool. Lasso (Lasso). This is the part that you quickly do with the tablet. Practice will only benefit.

Circle the area to which you will apply skin color. Try not to skip any areas, because then there may be problems with their drawing. See the jumbled contour? This is the result of insufficient skills in working with the tablet.

Now make sure that the desired color is selected and fill the selection with the tool Fill (Paint Bucket) (G) or press Alt + Backspace. Learn hotkeys, because they save time. $ 100 to those who invented hot keys :)

Step 7. Ha ha ha! We went to the fun part. Take the tool Eraser (Eraser) and start washing. Yes … You heard right … Wash !!! You can use Magic wand (Magic Wand), but it leaves jagged edges. Do you see? Do you see? That’s why I said that you need to make the contour as accurately as possible. Everything I say is important.

Step 8. This is how the image should look after you are done. This is so sexy, isn’t it? Believe it or not, the more you do it, the faster you will get. I finished washing the skin in less than 5 minutes.

Step 9. Do the same with all parts. Do not forget to create a new layer for each part. Ta-yeah! That’s all. One Mukuro with basic colors is ready.

Step 10. Let’s look at the layers. See how they are neatly lined up, and each of them has its own separate color?

Now that the base colors are set, let’s start with the shading. Create a new layer and apply it as clipping mask (clipping mask).

Note translator: Clipping mask allows you to apply a layer within the layer below. In this case, when you apply colors to create a shadow on your face, they will not go beyond its limits defined by the layer. Skin (skin) (where you applied the base color to the face). To create a Clipping Mask, you can use the following methods: first you need to create a layer ABOVE the layer to which you will apply the shadow effect or some other effect. Then, with the new layer active, go to the Layer menu – Create clipping mask. You can use another way – hold the key Ctrl, move the cursor to the area between the layers (new and the one within which the new layer will be applied) until it turns into an arrow with two circles of black and white, then click on this place. Well, and, in my opinion, the fastest way – use the hot keys Alt +Ctrl +G. The figure shows how the layer should look when applied to it by a clipping mask.

Step 11. Take a sample of the brightest shade color and set the light source. Here the light falls from the top left. I do not do very well with lighting and matter, so I often try various options. Just start by selecting the color of your shadow.
After you add your first color, go to a darker shade. Here I use colors a little darker, but not too dark. See how I changed the colors I chose at the beginning of the lesson. Pick up the color intuitively, since I pick it at random too.

Mix two colors with tools Blur (Blur) or Finger (Smudge). Make sure they are thoroughly and carefully mixed.

The image shows the colors before and after mixing. I still think that it turns out a little dirty, but it is worth a little work, and you will achieve yours. Everyone has their own style.

Step 12. We finished working on the skin. To add something special, I will create some light blush on his cheeks.

Starting from this step, simply repeat the steps described above, applying them to each part.

Step 13. Adding glare is quite simple. Just draw random sloppy lines and then use tools. Eraser (Eraser), Finger (Smudge) and Blur (Blur), to fix them.

Step 14. Start adding base colors to lotus.

Brrrr … I’m falling asleep. Lotus takes so much time. But … we are slowly moving forward.
The lotuses and stems are ready. Oh, I forgot one thing. We did Mukuro’s trident right after we finished painting his clothes. I forgot to make a screenshot of it.

Step 15. We are done. To add some strokes, I brought the image closer and made some adjustments for the entire image. I also added extra strands of hair and slightly changed the color of the contour.

Change some highlights and colors. Add background and other extra stuff. Here is the final result. I apologize if the lesson was not clear enough. It’s late at night, and I want to sleep. Hope I helped some people. Thanks for reading.

Author: Juu-Yuki

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