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Skin Tone tips by moni158 Skin Tone tips by moni158
These are skin tones that Iíve collected from some of my pictures.

Usually Iíll make the skin tone while Iím colouring but sometimes i will take them from a bunch that Iíve saved in my pallet.

Making a skin tone is quite easy (for cell shading). Realistic or painting styles colours are quite a lot more complex and require a lot more tones.

Cell shading needs 2 to 4, and some times even 1 colour with a gradient overlay can look nice.

When picking your colour its best to start with the middle tone. If you donít like it change it a bit with the Contrast or Hue and Saturation options till your satisfied. For the next tone you can make another layer above and set it to multiply and add the same colour overtop on an opacity of about 50%. This is good but if you want a more lively skin tone its best to do it by hand and choose a darker tone a with a bit more red or purple in it. If you want another darker tone apply the same principles but there should be less contrast so donít make the colours too different.

For the lightest tone you just want it to pop out a little and dot it onto the parts that stick out the most ( top of shoulders tip of nose, line the lips...etc)

Once your done and if it still doesnít look quite right remember you can still edit the saturation and hue, if the colours don't differ enough add contrast, if the colours are to bright bring down the saturation

hope this was helpful
feel free to use them if you want to

drawing hands

drawing eyes
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Miaka-chin Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Thank you so much for this!! I've been looking for a reference pallet for such a long time. I am really bad with colors.
ItaloAmericana Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
PiroTheHellHound Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks :D
Arsiekdhol Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
THANKS A LOT for the tips !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :la:
Ueki2013 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you Natsuki Shinomiya (Super hug) [V1] 
Goldsickle Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
I still have no idea how to determine the right shade for the skin tone.

I could just save a template like you, but I'd rather understand the process, so I can shade for everything.

How do you do it?
aldinime Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
thankyou verymuch
JandyHan Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
xChibinChanx Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This was extremely helpful. Thank you!
pawcanada Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As someone who always finds it difficult to get the right skin tone, I find this very helpful. Thanks :D
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