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Tutorial: Shading with Masks in SAI by forte-girl7 Tutorial: Shading with Masks in SAI by forte-girl7
Part 2 of the Paint Tool Sai tutorial! This bit covers shading with Masks! Hope it helps!

Also, I do have to thank ~BechnoKid for originally teaching me how to do this. Passing the knowledge onto you!

Part 1 - Colouring with the Fill Bucket: [link]
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Mowf Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooooookay...my sai must be broken because ctrl clicking doesn't do anything. Just changes the pen icon to the plus thing and nothing happens.
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forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Professional Filmographer
You ctrl+click the thumbnail image of the layer to select the full contents of that layer, not on the canvas itself.
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Mowf Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's what I was doing but nothing happens. Not sure why. :(
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DrawingFoxx Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just dont understand why people use masks. Is there something special? Because I can do the same with overlay and spare myself the selcting-trouble. 
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omutant2 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
i dont see the problem with learning some new techniques to help your workflow :3
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desei Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
omg thank you so much (i love you) XD
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dartsumaru Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
:la: :) 
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epicumbre Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
super helpful :D 
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artman-ver2 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
One more thing. If you make the layer Luminosity instead of Multiply, it makes for really nice highlights. I used this tutorial and that aforementioned trick to make my latest submission. So I say thanks, forte-girl7 and BechnoKid.
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forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Oh yeah, that's also how I do highlights too, except I use Overlay most of the time. : )
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SapphireEAngel Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hmm this is the first time using them....i LIKE IT! thank you. this was the easiest tutorial to go by that i have found
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:iconforte-girl7:
forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional Filmographer
No problem : ) Glad it helped
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IcyLightning Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you SOOO much! I have always wondered how others did this!!! :D
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forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Filmographer
No problem : ) Glad to have been of some help ^^
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Mitsukai-Aka Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
This tutorial is so amazing, thank you for creating it! Also, thank you kindly for explaining in more detail down in the comments, reading that was a big help as well :) 
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forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Of course! If you have any other questions, feel free to ask and I'll try and help figure them out best I can!
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scootaloocuteness Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can not thank you enough!
I've seen people do this on Speedpaints yet never figured out how! You are a life saver at easier and faster ways to get a picture done! I LOVE YOU! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh! What now! What Now! Yeahhhhhhhhhh-! Yayayayyayaay! HUZZAH!
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Aka-Chibi Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
I always have trouble with the ctrl+click thing ://
whenever I have to select multiple layers, it never seems to work  x _ x
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:iconforte-girl7:
forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I don't think you can select multiple layers in SAI - yet. Apparently there's a version 2 coming out soon that will support that, plus many other things : ) 
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Seltro Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Right it think I understand. So basically its a bit like clipping group?
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forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Filmographer
More or less, yes.
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AllonsoBronyguy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Question: Up until now, I've just used a normal layer at 40-50% opacity in between my lines coloring layers. I use a color for my shadows that is a bit darker than the color the shadow is over. What is the difference between what I have been doing and this method? Are there any added benefits to doing it this way, like being able to do different kinds of shadows?
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forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Filmographer
No, that's fine. If you look at one of my other tutorials (this one, I believe: forte-girl7.deviantart.com/art… I say you can fill in the proper ares with just a darker colour instead of multiplying the shading layer over it. Doing it that way is just a quick and easy way to do it. Also, the reason for using a mask is just to keep things from going outside the lines, to keep it neat and whatnots
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Antilogist Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student General Artist
This was very helpful! Thank you!
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NicaRox2006 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, I have a question. What works better this mask method or the Clipping group method? Aren't they both masks?
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SoylentRobot Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
thank for the tutorial, it really helped!
it didnt do the marching ants thing when i ctrl clicked my colour layer tho...
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:iconforte-girl7:
forte-girl7 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Hmm... what did it do? Did it select it in blue?
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SoylentRobot Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
yeah, it does that instead
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forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Okay, that's basically the same as the marching ants. If you select a tool that isn't any sort of Selection Tool (wand, lasso, select pen, etc), then it should turn to marching ants
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LemonyLey Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So I don't know if I've said this, but this is awesome. Thank you so much for doing it!
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nelsonsahat Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool
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BlackKat4753 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I see now! Thank. you.
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Sevslover6195 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:worship: THANK YOU!
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reiu-shanra Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, been there, done that :XD:
A very useful tutorial though :)
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myks0 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i have maybe a dumb question - but what's the difference between mask and simply new layer in clipping group?
i never used masks in my entire life, and i'm willing to give it a shot, but i just don't know what for.
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forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Someone asked something similar a while ago - with a Mask, you can have a few layers separate the shading layer from the colour layer. For example, I usually have another layer above my colour layer for stuff like glasses and stuff. The Mask isn't affected by that other layer between it and the layer it Masks.

On the other hand, with a Clip, at least what I've noticed in SAI, it only affects the layer directly underneath it. So if you tried to put something between the Clip layer and the colour layer, it would affect that new layer in between.

Of course, I'm not really sure on it - that's just what I've noticed when playing around.
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myks0 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha i tried using mask today, and thats totally not my cup of tea! :)
but thank you for explaning, youre a wonderful person for doing all these tutorials :heart:
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forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Aww, well at least you tried it out! Glad to have been of some help :P
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PassionateStar Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm holding down ctrl and clicking and it's not selecting anything. Any suggestions?
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forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yeah - here. Okay, you have your three layers, yes? Lineart Layer, a blank Layer for the Mask, and then the Colour Layer. You'll see the little tiny thumbnails for them in the Layers box - to the left of their name, okay? While the blank layer is still active, you Ctrl+Click the thumbnail image next to the Colour Layer, that should cause the marching ants to appear. Then you just click the Mask button
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PassionateStar Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for explaining in clearer detail! I had no idea you could select everything on a specific layer. Thanks so much <3
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:iconforte-girl7:
forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional Filmographer
No problem : ) Hope that helped ^^
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Teresa337 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
very helpful
thx for sharing it =D
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higurashiXyoumi Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Had I known about this sooner I could have saved myself a lot of trouble. Boy do I feel silly.
Thank you for this magnificent tutorial.
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JazzStylee101 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Gosh, this helped me soo much! Thank you so much for this tutorial! :icongrinclub:
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MidnightShayd Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Artist
how do you ctrl click something?
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:iconforte-girl7:
forte-girl7 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Simple: Hold down the Ctrl key and left click whilst holding.
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MidnightShayd Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Artist
thank you ^^
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MidnightShayd Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Artist
thank you for the tutorial it really helped me do things much faster!
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SamaelReaper Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
You!
Yes you!
Thank you so much for this! This will save me so much time when shading. I feel kind of stupid now for not knowing how to do this. >.>
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