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Metal tutorial [Paint tool SAI] by swiftyuki Metal tutorial [Paint tool SAI] by swiftyuki
1. Place a base color, specifically a neutral shade of gray(in the middle of white/black). If you want to have colored metal, it's best recommended to add color at the very end using Overlay.

2. Add a layer and clip it over the base layer. Use a dark shade of grey. Off-black is fine, but do not use black! It can interfere with lineart details such as plates or creases. After placing a line, blur one side only. Leaving a dark line emphasizes a crease in the metal. You might want to add a few more shades around the shape if it overlaps another plate of metal. When blurring, it's okay to blur the other end of the line a little bit to give a full gradient feel as well as a small/faint "dark" glow. Merge this layer and create another layer and clip it for highlights.

3. Set the clipped layer to Luminosity/Add (depending on the version you have), and use white/light gray to add highlights and shine. I added another highlight on the darker side fora shine effect. Like with the shading, blur the highlights to give that smooth-gradient look. Sometimes you'll have to add more whites to make a shine or emphasis on the light source. Small circles, ellipses, and outlines in white would have to be an extra highlight.

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TheChocolateGMR Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
AHH! Thank you! This was sooo useful!
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swiftyuki Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome
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tweetysweet Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
How am I supposed to clip a layer? Is it Clipping Group, or something else?
That's my only question, but this is a really simple and well explaned tutorial. Thx!
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swiftyuki Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
There's an option just above your layers (new layer, merger, inking layer, etc) where it has "selection source", "clip layer" or "group layer" and "lock layer". I can give you a screen shot a little later if you'd like.
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tweetysweet Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
I'd like that, thanks.


If you were to read my lower part of this comment, you'd probably would be able to guess why I prefer a screenshot... ^^;
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swiftyuki Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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LalaCooperation10 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
thank you for the tutorial ! it's really helpful :)
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swiftyuki Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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Sinisterrrr Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'm sorry this is a late question
but i came past this whilst looking up tutorials
my question is do you use the blur tool parallel to the black line in the middle or moving away from it?
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swiftyuki Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I blur parallel to the stroke (black line).  The size of my blur and pen tools are near the same size, so it's a bit easier to smooth the color out.
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