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Exercise 45 Results: Fur Step by Step Guide by CGCookie Exercise 45 Results: Fur Step by Step Guide by CGCookie

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Artist: Tim Von Rueden (vonn)

Fur can be tough, so be patient and don’t rush the details. If you really analyze the movement and shaping of fur, you can see how intricate and fluid it can be. So instead of creating individual brushstrokes to represent fur or drawing triangles, instead work with layering the shapes and keeping the flow moving in a general direction.

I generally start with a solid foundation value, and a slightly darker one. This allows an easy buildup of lighter values to create the illusion of fur. From there, I lay down the initial sketch and general direction of the fur which is important because it creates an outline guide to follow along. And remember that you should the fur to feel messy in areas while still following a general direction. Fur that looks too perfect may not look like fur at all but rather something more synthetic. When putting down the lighter values, avoid going straight for white but instead build it up slowly to create a more natural progression of values. I personally avoid pushing highlights at all because this can be a distraction and often strong highlights aren’t necessary. And have your brushstrokes follow the flow of the hair.

From there, it’s all about cleaning up the details and pushing edges that feel blurry or muddy. Once I think we have a solid outcome, I will then pump up the contrasts if necessary, usually with the “Levels” adjustment slider bar which can be found under the “Image” tab on the tab menu, then “Adjustments”. And typically you want an area of interest for your viewer to look at and a soft lighter “gradient” starting where the light source is coming from will do the trick!

If you’re looking to add Color, then A “Color” Layer Blend mode is a great choice for going from greyscale to color. This can be found by creating a new layer on top and changing the mode under the “Layers” menu, which is normally set to “Normal” to “Color” instead. Then you choose your color and paint over the grey to add color!

This is only one way of many to create the illusion of fur, but hopefully it can help you out if you’re looking to creating some fur in your own work!

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[Stock & Resources] Painting Fur Step by Step Guide by CGCookie is a good visual reference that shows the steps of painting fur digitally.  ( Suggested by AlexanderPaupoff and Featured by Cassy-Blue )
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Gnoll-El Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Thank you for leading us through the woods.
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HoneyLuxury Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
At first, it looked like "how to paint a fluffy phone case"
But still, that's a nice tutorial :3
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Koreina Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  New Deviant
th-thank you~
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AdoptsBoom Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you a LOT !!
This looks very lovely <33
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feelincre8iv Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017  New Deviant Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much!
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bloodyemily6 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks this helped
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partybug98 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Student Digital Artist
TheSniperwolfy lookie OuO
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TheSniperwolfy Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
oooo, wow thanks :3
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partybug98 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Student Digital Artist
np 
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GmLordN Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017   Filmographer
thanks !
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Undead567 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are different types or fur ya know, individual brushstrokes are nice if you can use them. And most of the ime the texture of fur looks like strokes, these curly hair are common for dogs and cats maybe(the breeded ones). 
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amibluegirl Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
felipidio look! I am a dummy!  Amazing!
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jmtacda Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Student General Artist
SO INFORMATIVE <3 U <3
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philippeL Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! Thanks for sharing!
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34retro-gaming Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
do you paint/shaded on the same layer? (im sorry if this is a stupid/already answered question)
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:iconitalianautomakers:
Even though I'm helpless in the art division, I must say this is impressive. Great steps (make me feel like I could actually do it) and not a simple, sloppy tutorial. This will help many :)
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majabj35QM17 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, thank You very much. I was looking for a tutorial like this.
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shannon111 Featured By Owner May 27, 2016
Thank you so much this is most helpful for my art project! 
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Sombraluz-Images Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thanks! 
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Midomine Featured By Owner May 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful thanks!
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RainbowSplashMAP Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe ... phonecases ...
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BlazingDragonLord Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Student General Artist
This is very useful!
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chacrawarrior Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
great man as always
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ThisIsEDO Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks so much
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CharlieK Featured By Owner May 2, 2016
i really like this tutorial. i dont use photoshop for art, i use Paint Tool SAI. but the final step was actually my downfall. am i supposed to do this al in the grey and then add the colour somehow at the end? because doing it this way left me only able to overlay one colour, and if i were to say do this for a tiger which has white fur and orange, and stripes, im unable to give it those colours because they dont layer well on SAI. it usually hides all the fur effect, or the colours dont show up properly at all cause of the greyscale in the first place..

is there any tips or suggestions? thanks
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TofuRat Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can use the shade layer on low opacity to add stripes, or lumi and shade layer on lowish opacity for all colors. <3
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PrinceKage Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for this! 
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Asherbirdman Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Student Artist
Thanks, just what I needed.
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xandraclay Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Congrats on your DD!
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cafunetime Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016
wow ! luv this step guide <33 
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HZDesign03 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Student General Artist
This is a Reference to make a fur ! I like it
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Silverheart-Nine Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Student General Artist
Pretty cool! This looks like a good one to hang on to for reference. :)
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CalicoNorth Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the simplicity. Thank you! Congrats as well. =)
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axolatte Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
very good work^^ luv it, I'm definitely using dis
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Jennyben Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016
Thanks for this and congrats on the DD
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SilverTox Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Congratulations on the well deserved Daily Deviation!
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
A very helpful guide! Congrats on the DD!
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! :DALove: by Ikue
Have a nice day! :love: by CookiemagiK
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
congrats on the DD
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GraeSkies Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Man I wish my photoshop worked. :( I severely overheated my computer one day by leaving it under my bed covers while I was at college, came home and the darn thing was ALL messed up. It's partially fixed now, but photoshop will NOT open any files, new or old.

Wonderful fur tut though! I even had a guy walking past my computer stop to look at it, too. :)
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lauraacan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
are you aware this does work very well on all painting softwares? A lot do this with Paint tool Sai :)
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:icongraeskies:
GraeSkies Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Yeah I guess I could learn another program. I'm just so in love with Photoshop. I'll try some new ones though. :) Thanks!
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superjay15 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
That sucks. Hope you get your laptop fixed, or a new one.
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:icongraeskies:
GraeSkies Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you, but unfortunately I have to go for another year or so without one until I *have* to get a new one because of a university.
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superjay15 Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oh man. That sucks. Good luck.
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SkeleScribbles Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Sooo this works in Photoshop? I use Photoshop CS6 and Autodesk Sketchbook.
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rainbowfoxdragon Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Student General Artist
Congrazzles on the DD :D
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blubaloooo Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016
That's perfect, thanks
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kmkibble75 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for posting this -- it'll be really helpful.
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Marksmansam Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Professional General Artist
RIGHTEOUS!!!!
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