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Fur Tutorial! by Umbrafen Fur Tutorial! by Umbrafen
Just threw this together because people have been asking C: This is how I do fur! Let me know if you have any questions.

:bulletblue: This is the shading brush I use (3rd one down)

:bulletblue: And this is the palette where I pull my shading colors from.
I used the first color in each set as a highlight color (the one you use in the overlay layer) and the last three as shading colors.

:bulletblue: I use this process is most of my paintings, best example is this one:

:bulletblue: If you want to do THICKER fur like this simply make the brush bigger and use shorter strokes.

:bulletblue: Again, feel free to ask questions!

:bulletblue: I used Photoshop CS6 for this, but it works in any Photoshop version as far as I know.

:bulletblue: BG texture by `cloaks
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fur painting is always a giant pain in the ass, but this method seems pretty no-nonsense to me, especially as a person who prefers using basic brushes. Sometimes that means shading can lack a lot of depth, and this looks like it'll work great without having to use fancy fur brushes. Thanks for the tutorial! :)
Demonic-Fantasy Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student General Artist
This was extremely helpful, as I have been trying to paint fur for a very long time. Thank you for taking the time to make this. It is much appreciated c: It's hard to find tutorials these days that pinpoint my exact need. :heart:
RabbyoSaberwolves Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This was placed in #x-Wolf-Paws-x's featured folder! Congrats :heart:
Umbrafen Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow! Thank you!
RabbyoSaberwolves Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your Very welcome :heart::heart::heart:
Deerdryad Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Super helpful! It's really easy to understand, thanks!
blackmagepanda Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks for the help!
Szczurzyslawa Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Yaay, nice tutorial :3 I haven't got PS (ok maybe PS elemets 8, but not on this computer, and it sucks xD), only gimp sooo, I haven't got multiply option too ^^ But I really often use similar technique to make fur. Only when I do big, more painterly pieces of work I try to paint fur only by brush, not by eraseing xP
The-whist-hound Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
What does the "Multiply" layer do? :)
RippedMoon Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When you set a layer to multiply it make the color of the layers under it darker~
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