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2016 EDIT: You guys should really go look at another tutorial because this one is pretty bad. The way I shade the skin here is so basic and doesn't really follow the anatomical rules at all!

2014 EDIT: Okay so at this point this coloring method is really dated and unpractical! That's just a warning from me to you!

2011 EDIT:
I've evolved alot since this tutorial and I do much more pronounced body shading, especially on bellies ( : But I still basically color like this. Check out the rest of my gallery!

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Holy cwap, it's big D:

Wow, my first ever tutorial.. It's pretty hard to explain stuff since I'm not THAT good with english xD But.. I did my best!

I'd like to mention that this is merely one out of very many ways to paint skin. But this is how I do it ^^

I hope you find it recourseful and helpful!

And I hope your browser dont crash when loading the picture xD


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MLeth's Anime Eye Tutorial: mleth.deviantart.com/art/MLeth…

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Neffie by MLeth Naru Narusegawa by MLeth Emily Revamped by MLeth Yunie is sleepy by MLeth Yunie Revamped by MLeth

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ADKOG Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Student General Artist
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MLeth Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool
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ADKOG Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Student General Artist
my friend is a dick
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:iconmleth:
MLeth Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's even cooler
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ADKOG Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Student General Artist
I'm so sorry
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CherrysDesigns Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know, I must say this. I love you xD
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MLeth Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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CherrysDesigns Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Llama Emoji-60 (Snug or Hug) [V3] 
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Azsalyn Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really really helpful, I'll definitely give this a try with my next drawing. Any chance I could talk you into doing one for anime-style hair too? :)
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Kittygur38 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student General Artist
I followed ur tutorial to make this :) how did I do?  kittygur38.deviantart.com/art/…
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MLeth Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You did pretty well! Thanks for sharing :D
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Kittygur38 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Student General Artist
thank u very much :) and thank YOU for the awesome tutorial. it was very helpful
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AussieGirlEmi Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I Love your Tutorials...xD especially the little drawings you do on it x3

So funny x3 I chuckled when I seen the 'Bewbs' and the blood nose one xD
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Eternal-II Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Helpful, thanks! I didn't even know that there was a smudge tool and blur tool in photoshop before I found this tutorial!
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xNaikenX Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
lol the little captions are hilarious xD
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Mejinomaru Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Filmographer
hey Im still using this tutorial for a WIP im doing atm here [link] I've already used the eye tutorial for the picture as you may see not quite as good as yours but getting there. My question is during the rough and soft shading parts of the Tut what was the layer style because I've kept everything on normal style I was gonna do a multiply because it brings out the shades more but Im actually trying to follow this to the T here the shades I've chosen are a slightly darker form of white almost greyish really feels like Im missing something here really any ideas? or should I just choose a darker shade
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MLeth Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I never use different layer styles when I shade skin, just darker shades : )
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Mejinomaru Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Filmographer
hmm intriging to say the least I've always taught myself to use multiply when I cell shade maybe just this wont it hurt to try something new I'm really trying to follow your tutorial
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superjuan777 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I really like your tutorial and it's very helpful, However when I was looking at it my friend came into the room and she said "you pedo! looking at little girls!"
I told her it was a tutorial but she answer with a "Yeah right"
SO if it not too much to ask, for any new tutorial, could you try to make it with less nudity? it just so people can use it in offices or college classroom without feeling uncomfortable.
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Mejinomaru Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Filmographer
I would've been like would u like me to make a picture of you using this tutorial they would've made them think
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superjuan777 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
haha yeah sure!
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MLeth Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well there are plenty of other tutorials out there, with less nudity, by other people : )
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superjuan777 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I know, but yours is simple to understand and explains well the process, I hope it didn't sound like I'm criticising, I just making a suggestion!
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MLeth Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a good suggestion - I don't really know what I was thinking when I made this - All my new tutorials have been kids-friendly (and ignorant co-worker-friendly). Guess it was just because this painting of mine had lots of skin! Hence the "skin tutorial" :'D
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DantemaruXXX Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist
interesting tutorial and funny also.. nice one.. :D
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Buho01 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial :XD:
And beautiful draw :love:
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Mejinomaru Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
time to switch up my coloring style now
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:iconensaru64:
Ensaru64 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the most helpful colouring tutorial I've ever come across!! I've learn a lot. Thank you.
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AJInu-Okami Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Adorable :)
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NatsukiNeko Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this! I always struggled with PS and coloring skin .
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shizuce-bluefire Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG this is so helpful!!
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comicscomixcomikz Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Another helpful tuut. THX
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Djeroon Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very educational this one. Always wondered how people created these soft effects. Gotta give it a try sometime
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MLeth Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad it could help : )
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LegendShintaro Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pretty nice tutorial here! =)
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Nay-sama Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Student General Artist
So it was you :iconinglipplz:
I saw this ages ago and actually saved it in my pc! hahahah

It's so awkward to finally talk to you after all this time LOL
You've been helping me to improve my noob sense of digital coloring since 2009, Mr. Sweden
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MLeth Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg! Haha, what are the odds..? xD

I'm glad to hear i've been able to help none the less :'D
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Hirasawa Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG you're awesome thanks for the tutorial is really helpful :icononionx3plz:
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MLeth Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear it! : 3
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JohanSutherland Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
... I ... I could be crying right now. You've just changed my life forever 8D
The trick you use to make the shading look more dynamic, when you apply the eraser at like 0% ... I have been fucking trying to create that effect for as long as I have been drawing!!!!! Why? Why did I not find this sooner? :cry: I used to divide the area were I wanted to get that effect into 20 layers and change the layers opacity from 1% to 10%. So much time and effort ... and it was that simple? :iconcryingplz:
I'm really happy dude, this open so many possibilities for me, you have no idea. I'm gonna stop my current work, use this on my old deviations and finally they will look half decent! OH MY FREAKING GOD IT'S AWESOME!!!!
I love you so much dude.
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AddyElms Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great TuT.It was really helpful : 3 thank u soooo much *-*
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Artistic-Balance Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You probably are one of the best tutorial makes on here, and this has helped me a lot! Thank you so much for creating this!
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CP416 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
One of the best skin tutorial I've ever used. Thank you so much, this was really helpfull!
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MLeth Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wowzers, glad to hear it!
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Drakedragon Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Only just found this and this is a god-send! Thanks a ton, Leth. This was a massive help. ^_^
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Crida Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
All gods of this world bless you for teaching me about the clipping mask!!! :worship:
And thank you for sharing your techniques =)
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MLeth Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, I'm glad I could help!
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ShawneeAlice Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
I honestly can't tell you how much this tutorial has helped me. I've always hated coloring skin because i didn't know how to shade it properly, but now I do, thank you so much!
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Gekalon Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial!
But you could make some parts different, like a likewise technique in paint or gimp or something. Not everyone is bright enough to get him-/herself PS :)
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MLeth Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I dont use gimp and paint is a rather primitive software which doesnt have any kind of soft brush. This is a soft shading tutorial, not a cel-shading one : )
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