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painting scales with Paint Tool SAI by oddsocket painting scales with Paint Tool SAI by oddsocket
Frigidusk was interested in seeing my process for painting scales, so I figured why not make a little step-by-step of it! It's similar to the way I painted the scales on my Seaking: 119 - Seaking by Electrical-Socketexcept with a little more detail. The process in this step-by-step remains pretty much the same for smaller images like Seaking, except I work a little looser and try to avoid over-detailing it. 

As always, this is just my way of doing this particular thing! If you're interested in learning to digipaint more realistic scales, I recommend looking at photographs of whatever creature's scales you want to emulate and getting to know the patterns/colouration/etc. Real life is the best reference, in the end. But if you like how my scales look and you'd like to get a similar effect, by all means follow along! :)

Other Tutorials: painting underwater bubbles on paint tool SAI by Electrical-Socket Some Basic Notes on Composition? by Electrical-Socket 
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:iconkariniji:
KariNiji Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Interface Designer
this is awesome ty so much!
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Brizydizi Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice tutorial, but how do I make a multiply or luminosity layers?
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's a dropdown menu above the Layers tab - you can set your layer to Multiply, Luminosity, Lumi/Shade or any other mode there! Here's where it is: sta.sh/0xkm7muva2h
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Brizydizi Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, you're a life saver
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem at all - happy to help! :D
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:iconbrizydizi:
Brizydizi Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You're awesome Clap
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The-Bleeding-Skull Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016
fav.me/d9z6vx0 ! I used it!
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NatsukiNekoChan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016   Artist
This looks really good, thanks!! :3
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StopAtTheEdge Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This was very helpful! Thank you!
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:iconmagicblades:
MagicBlades Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yo dude, this is pretty neato! I still practice to get it right, but it's super cool man, jsut like yoooooou :3
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oddsocket Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, I'm really glad you found it helpful! You did a great job in your hydra picture, the scales look almost pearlescent which is really cool!
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:iconmagicblades:
MagicBlades Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks pal :) I'll do my best and keep an eye on your work :)
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:iconcic-studios:
CIC-Studios Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Professional Filmographer
This is wonderful! :)
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mockingbirdontree Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015
You you really went to great effort to make this phantastic tutorial.
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anatiidae Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
Woah, this looks great! Thanks for the tut! <3
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, I hope you find it useful! c:
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MsArtGarden Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Neat technique. Thanks for sharing. :D
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! 
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DaiquiriRain Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is amazingly useful and helpful! Thanks so much! :heart:
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm really glad you found it handy! Good luck with any future bubblemaking! c:
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DaiquiriRain Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thankye! c: :hug:
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nikthecat14 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so helpful! Thanks! :D
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, no problem! I hope you find it useful in any future bubble painting! 
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Raizel-V Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for this tutorial! I've been looking for something like this for a while x_x
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad I could be of use! :) I hope you find it helpful. 
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UnicornCat Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hellou :D
This tutorial is SO great, but how do you do those perfect light strokes? xD whenever I draw, it looks fat and creepy ..
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm not sure which light strokes in particular, but if you mean the little white highlight lines, make sure your brush size is set really tiny, and then lay the strokes down very quickly with the lightest touch you can apply - sort of skim the tablet pen over the tablet. (It's also worth looking at your tablet pressure settings if lines coming out too thickly is a problem you have all the time - you might need to fiddle with the sensitivity.)
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UnicornCat Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yaaay, I got it :D (not perfekt strokes yet, but a bit better ^^) Thanks so much for your amazing tutorial!!!
unicorncat.deviantart.com/art/…
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well done! That came out much better than the first one - also it's cool to see that these techniques translate okay to use in Photoshop, I thought they must have been done in SAI until I saw your description. :) I'm glad my tutorial was useful and I hope you have plenty of fun drawing scaly things in future! :)
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UnicornCat Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Your tutorial really helps :)
And yes, normally I use SAI too, but at the moment I´m not working on my computer and can use the newest photoshop. (I like SAI more, though ^^)
I love dragons and want to draw more of them in the future, that´s what I need those scales for :) It´s amazing! :la:
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UnicornCat Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks so much for the information! I will definitely do something with the sensitivity :) I´m sure the strokes will get better then. I tried to make a slow stroke, but I think making fast strokes will be really better!!! Thanks!!!!! <3
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MissUnashamed Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it! SOOOO gonna use this! Thanks :)
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you find it useful! :)
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aaqucnaona Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student Filmographer
Cool tutorial, thanks! I can't help but see the frame around it being made up of glistening penises - I know that most likely wasn't what you had in mind, by still, a hilarious impression I got and had to share.
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oddsocket Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh good god, I'm never going to unsee that now! Shiny, shiny dicks. Oh dear. :L 

I'm glad you liked the tutorial, though, glistening penises and all. ;)
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aaqucnaona Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student Filmographer
I wonder what Freud would have to say about that. Or about me being the one to spot it. Haha, I have having fun trying to imagine his responses.

But yeah, nice tutorial, very cool. The scales look like they have kinda a volume of their own. If we wanted to make flat scales, what change would you recommend?
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oddsocket Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, I'm sure Freud would have some...interesting things to say!

I think for flatter scales, what would probably work out best would be changing the shape of the overall highlights on them so they're smoother and don't come to a little brightest 'bump' on the rounded end of the scale? I'm not sure if I'm that good at describing it with words, haha.
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Frigidusk Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Student Photographer
youre a god/goddess
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oddsocket Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha wow, I think that might be the first time anyone called me a deity! Very flattered indeed right now. c: I'm glad you like it though, I hope it was useful? 

(Also if there's anything else you'd like to see step-by-steps of, do let me know because I'm totally down for making more of these things.)
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BluePaintBottle Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Appreciate the tutorial.
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you liked it! :)
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kynsi Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
ahh, this looks wonderful! thank you so much for this tutorial `v´
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it! :)
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as-valentine Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
sweet :)
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Blue-Mantis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this tutorial. ;) 
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you found it useful! c:
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