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CG tutorial I by Cindiq CG tutorial I by Cindiq
Tutorial will work in Photoshop 7.0 and up, as for earlier versions, I haven't use them so I got no clue.

beware of huge file size. And, keep in mind, I am no pro, not everything I do is perfect, so is this tutorial. It just shows you how I colour, that's all. You should know some basic functions of PS already before looking at this tutorial.

LOL, a tutorial after 2 years of the first request (forgot who it was from >.< ) and it's becoming a habit... I am starting to forget uploading stuff to DA and keeping everything to myself D:

Here is a tutorial I wrote back in January (I know...late). If you have any further questions, post them in the comment and I'll try my best to answer them. (note it's also coming close to my exam week so it might take me a while sometimes).

This tutorial is generalized to save space and size. If you want a even more specific tutorial on specific parts, I will consider it in the future.


Part II: [link]
Finished Deviation: [link]

Legend of Zelda copyright: Nintendo
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SilentQi said CG tutorial I by =ReverieDream WONDERFUL tutorial that goes above and beyond the usual 'how I do this' information in Photoshop CG. Checking out Part II is a MUST. ( Suggested by SilentQi and Featured by UnicornReality )
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Primeless Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
thx for sharing!
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Eirixoto Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great tutorial, will try to do the same thing :) Thanks!
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HisanaKuchiki Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for this cg , love the way you are drawing hair.^.^
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You are welcome ;)
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shiningeyes91 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
very nice effort to make a good tutorial.....
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Darklinknrone Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Thank you Thank you Thank you a million of times XD It really helped!!!
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SaintCruxLEADER Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
learning CG
thx for the tutorial~
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
you are welcome >w<
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GuhReemJa Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Useful tutorial on shading and lighting. Thanks!
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Cindiq Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you very much dear >w<
I am glad it helped ^^
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Astrogenic Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol. Its actually obvious for me that it's Zelda because of the hair and BG. GREAT STUFF. :D
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Bunnypuma Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Drawing looks easier now 8D
Thank you for this awesome tutorial! <3
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TheRedLightning Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
it's just one tiny thing bothering me.. in your tutorial you wrote the further you are from light, the darker the skin becomes. It is true to a certain degree, because it's not only the light from the light source you have to take into consideration while making shadows, also the reflections from the light source as well.
So as an example the back of the neck should be a bit lighter, because there's always some light reflecting on it. In your finished CG pic, that person is standing in water, and water does reflect the light pretty good.
Maybe you already know this, just forgot to mention it, since I can see some reflections on the clothes from the water, but none on the neck ^^,

oh well, as a side note I really like this tutorial :D it's very helpful, and may all of us keep improving. :D
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you, well, as mentioned in my artist comment, I have said I am no expert ^^', I can't give you a perfect tutorial. Yes I have forgotten the reflective highlights on the neck (Thanks for telling me ^^), but I haven't forgot about using it. I did mention about reflective highlights (in general) in the second part of the tutorial ^^.
The reason I said "the further you are from the light, the darker the skin becomes" is for generalizing purposes. I thought saying it would make the tutorial easier to understand in short sentences. And the tutorial is geared toward beginners, so learning 1 light source as a starter isn't so bad. The tutorial ends with some mentioning of reflective light sources, so if anyone wants to look into it further, they are free to do so, it's just this tutorial won't cover this.

That said, my drawing style has changed since then. I posted This tutorial very long time ago. Looking at it again after 2 years, I can see a lot of flaws XD.
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TheRedLightning Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
after all we learn something new everyday :D
and no one is perfect after all ;)
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karasu-000 Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
Thank you for the tutorial! ^_^
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Cindiq Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
you are welcome ^^, thank you for viewing it ^^
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karasu-000 Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
You're welcome too ^^~ :bounce:
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miflore Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excellent tutorial ^^
I hope you will make one to have your beautiful lineart <3
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks ^^
I will think about it in the future ^^
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miflore Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah cool <3
I will be wanting for it ^^
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Makishal Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
How do you decide which colours will make up the shading? :blush:
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hi there ^^, you can chose shading tones that are on the same gradient of your base colour. Say, I have sap green as my base, I could chose a darker sap green for shadow.

Or if you want more variation. I could have sap green for base colour, and then chose a darker tone on the whole spectrum of greens, or colours that are analogous to green on the colour wheel. For example, I could have a dark blue-green for shadow to go with the base sap green colour.

But after all, you can break out of these rules through trial and error, which is still the best method ^^.

Hope it helps.
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Makishal Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
Thank you! this tutorial has been really helpful, (though I doubt I'll ever be able to do skin right :faint: )
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
O I am sure you'll do fine ^^. If you like I do have the skin tones I used listed in this tutorial ^^.
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Makishal Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
I've tried and deleted it so many times ^^; If it isn't too much of a bother could you send me the link? :ashamed:
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It's right in this tutorial.
If you've read it it's in there.
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Makishal Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
? can I steal the colours from it? thank you!
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SakiaLumei Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Student Artist
I think I might want to try your style. Thanks so much
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
you are welcome ^^ Hope it helps ^^
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yopocris Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
realy interisting, and practic
and the draw and technic is nothig bad, i learned some new now,:)
i think that i have to tell "thanks"
so, thanks! :D
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you for looking at it ^^
I hope it helps ^^
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Slifer2006 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
hweel, very informative tutorial! thanks
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theoniInu Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
darn it! I have photoshop 6 i'll try out the tutorial to see if it could work for photoshop 6.
Thanxs for the tutorial
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eternalsailorearth Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
Oh very cool ^^
I've been trying to get into realistic cg so this will help ^^
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YumeSweet Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
Thanx alot for the nice tutorial . I tried to follow it [link]

<-- That's the result @w@
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aca985 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
I have a q/ if u can aid me on this one,i took a peak at ur CG tut ,and in part I i noticed the variety of colors u used for the skin shadow tone (i have the most trouble with that exact same thing) how to pic out all those diff.colors?
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Well, it's explained in the tut.
The lightest shadows first, then darkest shadow last. The order of light-dark skin colours I gave in the tutorials are placed in chronological order. You apply the lightest skin tone first, then apply the second lightest onop of that, and repeat adding darker colours until you are satisfied. I hope it helped.
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aca985 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
Tnx :D
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leo22334455 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
Thanks soo much for the tutorial ^__^
it really helped sooo much!!!!

here is the final result!--->[link]

if possible do you think you could give me some feedback?

its ok if you dont have the time ^^;

but THANKS SOO MUCH!!!
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Noeru-chan Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist
so usefull, thank you ^^
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goodgirl4 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Student Filmographer
i love you now :)
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hay-son Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
Cool tut, love the cloth in part 2
People reading this and wondering how to get the sharp edges might wanna look at:

[link]
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
thanks,
but I only use the Hard brush to get the sharp edges, not what you have there. People reading the tutorial should know that.
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Murasaki99 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for the tutorial! I'm always learning new things and this will help! :heart:
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you ^^
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totallyunmotivated Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
Whoa, that's an awesome picture AND an awesome tutorial! It's really helpful! Thanks!
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Cindiq Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you ^^
I hope it helps ^^
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totallyunmotivated Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
You're welcome! It's inspirational :XD:
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sevenastra Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
Faving this to read it later. Seems interesting and looks like some good tips! ^^
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