How To Master REFERENCE LAYERS
Tips of the Month
The writers of the following Tips posted between April 1 and 30, 2022, will be rewarded a cash prize or GOLD!
The themes for the 36th round of Tips of the Month were Light Expression & Techniques, Using Reference Layers, and Lo-Fi Art.
The Light Expression & Techniques articles outlined a lot of foundational lighting concepts and how to achieve different effects through different lighting; it was very educational! Using Reference Layers tips showed how you can use different settings to create reference layers and use tools to up your productivity. Lo-Fi Art has been popular on social media recently, so it was interesting to see tips on how to plan layouts and color palettes to fit the genre.
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A lot of people might be aware of the reference layer function but might not know how and when to use it. This Tips article explains various ways to put your reference layers to use, from special cases to ones you can try out right away. Both the written article and video are easy to understand, so give it a look!
This Tips article outlines how to give your illustration a relaxed look, from the drawing of the character to the creation of the background that looks descriptive enough to give that lived-in feel. Read this if you want to know what color palettes work for what vibe, whether you are going for lo-fi, retro, or vaporwave.
This article gives a detailed explanation on a retro, lo-fi feel animation, reminiscent of something from the 90s. Follow the author through the process of basic animation, textures, filters, up to the finishing touches. Check this out if you are interested in starting your own animations.
This article gives a six-step process of starting the flat colors up until the finishing touches on a character drawing. Read this article if you are interested in not only how to decide the direction of light on a character, but if you want to know how to use that to make your backgrounds work with the character.
Not only does this article explain reference layers, but it also outlines how to use Fill tolerance, Freeflow gradients, and other different subtools. Check this out for the gifs and video that will show you all the different elements that are being introduced.
This article outlines how to give your illustration that nostalgic feel with ease. You'll want to give this a look for the step-by-step explanation on how to make that retro feel with different tools and many time-saving techniques.
This article features a nine-step look at how to make your own lo-fi art masterpiece, starting from the conceptualization. Don't know how to plan your layout? Read this article and you'll find out how to do that plus create a nostalgic, fresh feel.
This article shows how to express light using gifs and video. Read to find out how to use light to give dimension to a character's face and also how to color them. The end of this article features an interesting way to use light through leaves in your illustration.
This Tip is a hybrid of images and video to show you how to make a manga-style battle scene using light effects. Light and dark might seem hard to capture but with Clip Studio Paint tools, you'll be the master of them all in no time! Read this article if you are looking for ways to show your character's ultimate moves!
This article goes through the basics of light and shadow, as well as walking you through the creation of a cute character illustration. You can download the character lineart to try it out for yourself. You'll also learn how to change the impression of the character with the lightsource.
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