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Cell shading anime hair by moni158 Cell shading anime hair by moni158
The title is suppose to say 'Cell shading anime hair and tips' but it was too long T.T!

For this one, you will need a general understanding of the layers, and layer features

Hair..:iconohnoesplz: (This is how i do it)

Its really hard to explain how to draw it since there is not really any sort of step by step process >.<

You just need to place the hair around the head and make it fall in the right places. remember hair has different weights, thicknesses and acts different accordingly.

I will make another tip sheet with a bit more info on drawing the hair itself and drawing male hair as well but for now this will just cover colouring:heart:.

:iconrainbowplz:Colours! :iconrainbowplz:. You need to know how to pick them if you want a nice finish. Or at least how to edit them? Say for example if you pick a green for the base tone, make sure to change the colour slightly when you pick your darker tone, make it a bit more purple, and say for the highlight make it more yellow. This vary in tone will give the hair a bit more life and it will just simply look nicer and not so flat.

for the gradient effect, add a new layer over your hair and clip it on so the colour stays only on the hair itself, For PS its called a gradient mask. Brush on the desired colours, preferentially a darker for the bottom and lighter for the top. Set the layer to overlay and it should make a nice gradient effect. Remember if its to saturated bring down the layer opacity.

I always play a bit with contrast after Ive coloured my line art, it will just do that bit extra and make the image "pop".

Important note, when using the overlay or contrast features be very careful not to overdo it, since this is a easy way to ruin a nice picture >.<!

feel free to reference the colours but remember to experiment with picking your own ones too! :iconlv2plz:
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SarahLennox Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Your tips are wonderful, delightful to read and learn from. :D Please keep it up!
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missmicay Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
thanks for the tips! :)
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ann47 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014   General Artist
nice tutorial:)
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Drelbaba Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
Nice one, you know that what makes it cell-shaded, is that it is a cell that is shaded. A shaded cell.
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Dragunnity Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SO basically Flat colors, not one flat color and and shading with Black and white on Multiply and Overlay layers, hummm ._.
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dolphin2 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
hi, i would like to know if you could advise me about one specific style
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46odnetnin Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
my god this tutorial helped SO MUCH
thank you!
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Bandgeek452 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
I absolutely love the way you shade and color the hair!! Very pretty ^_^
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Asha-Lin-vas-Yaska Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
May I ask what program do you use? :) is it good for beginners? Im looking for some good program to start digital art with >.<
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skaterchic15luvsart Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
kewl 
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Metalead Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
how did you get such nice sharp edges?
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Get-fancy Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student General Artist
ty ty super duper helpful 
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Dei-bon Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Student Filmographer
Nice tutorial, short and easy to grasp :squee:
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Angie-Jagger Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Cool! O-O 
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alexala Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
what program you use or do you use tablet?
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Rainbowcategirl Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Oh and Molly XD
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Rainbowcategirl Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Twilight Sparkle the human XD Your draws is amazing :D :iconiloveitplz:
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Toria1357 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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SeeSayLeki Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your hair is so gorgeous! I will definitely try adding some different colors for highlights and shading!
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thatsraphael Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing.
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KuroiHi99 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student Writer
Thx!
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KuroiHi99 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student Writer
Thx! This really helps!
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inJazztice Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great help! Thanks :D
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101cats Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooooooohw pretty
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Tomgaff Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool, this really helped
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RustyCrayons Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I usually hate cell shading, but this is awesome O3O
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Gegeru Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
is that overlay o_O
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SakuraPetalWolf Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're amazing, uou know that...
Your tips and tutorial things really helped me understand some of the basics :D
Thank you soo much!!
x.
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Libra-Creates Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I LOVE you for having tutorials! Love your style and always wondered how you did it haha
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Dragonslayer2005 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student Photographer
cute
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TheChronoWolf Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
thanks ive been searching for a reference like this for ages :D
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DolcePanda Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Whenever i try to shade hair this way it always just looks like they have dark highlights? any tips?
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frillyfins Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student General Artist
This is really useful!
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YouAskMeFirst2 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh WOW, the girl with the purple hair and green shirt looks like one of my characters! but if my character was in her teens. I was like O.O when i saw the similarities, other than that great work on how you draw hair, its very kicka$$ : )
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g696 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
hail sensei........
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Bells-SnowPaws Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student General Artist
O.o Maybe I might try this.
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RaInBoWbOwDrAgOnLoRd Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I Shall try this nao ;u; thanks chu
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Mewlunakai Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Amazing! this really helped me with shading hair <3
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nezzh Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! this is really helpful! xD
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BatInAHat Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
YAY :la: I fail at colouring so this will help alot. :happybounce:
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Nagase13 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you use photoshop?
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CNPika Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
can you make tutorial of how to draw manga wavy hair with middle length? cause i had wavy hair with middle length it really hard to draw, can you help me?
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Kay-de-ultimate Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist
Thank you! big help!
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