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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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Halisi-V Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015   Digital Artist
Thanks a whole lot, this is a really simple way to draw metal & fits my style really well. I can finally make my species look look like they're made of metal now! :D (Big Grin) 
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swiftyuki Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad this helped! You're welcome! c:
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Spoonerism Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very useful indeed.
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swiftyuki Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you
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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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Sinisterrrr Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks man c:
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swiftyuki Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome c:
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ZeeShiKing Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. It was very helpful! :)
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swiftyuki Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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Elweiss Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Hello, I'm a beginner, and I'd like to know what size of the blur tool are you using compared to your metal sample here ? I can't seem to fine an appropriate one T_T.
Anyway, good tutorial, thanks !
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swiftyuki Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't remember the specific size used for this but my blur brushes are usually the same size as the pen tool or a little bit larger (+5-10 pixels for blur brush size).

Hope this helps. If you like, I can upload a screencap or the sizes I use for both as an example
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Elweiss Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Okay, thank you ! :)
No need for the screenshot, I figured a good size to use.
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swiftyuki Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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DeltaDEX Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
really helpful thanks a lot
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swiftyuki Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome
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Anna-chan28 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student General Artist
sorry for ask, but i can't do the blur effect Q-Q, can you tell me how to do it?
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swiftyuki Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't really explain how to do it very well, so I'll just point out this thing instead. If you don't have a blur tool, right click and select the option that says "blur" and BAM, blur brush.

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Anna-chan28 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student General Artist
tyvm, it's my first time using sai and a tablet, so i don't know anything, ty for the attention :3, it was really helpful
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swiftyuki Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. Play with the settings on the brushes when you can. You might end up making new brushes that you'll like using later on for other things. It's okay to experiment c:
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Anna-chan28 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student General Artist
ty, I took your advice and I got a new style of drawing for me, ty tysm ;A;, :3
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swiftyuki Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yay! congratulations for the new art style c:
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Anna-chan28 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student General Artist
ty ty :3
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KiwaTec Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome tutorial! It helped me a lot!
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swiftyuki Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome c:
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ethereal-dancer Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, this is so helpful!!! :D
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swiftyuki Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad it was c:
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