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Layer Effects Tutorial by rockinrobin Layer Effects Tutorial by rockinrobin
here's my first (of many, I hope) tutorials. here's some stuff that I think would've been helpful to know when I was first learning graphic design, so I hope it will be helpful to some people here! (: these effects are very useful for both photographs and drawings/paintings and can be tweaked to your liking. if you have any questions please ask and I'd love to help!


drawing by Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist).


Edit: Wow, this was way more popular than I was expecting! thanks so much for the favs and comments everyone! I'll try to make some more tutorials like this very soon. (:
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EriKatsuona Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This rocks! :D I tried it and I learned a lot. Thanks for this! ^_^
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HitanTenshi Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is amazing. Why did I ever think this was hard to do? :iconslamheadplz:
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x-RainFlame-x Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist
Thanks for taking the time to put this tutorial together! Really helpful stuff :)
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rockinrobin Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
you're welcome! :)
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auravaz Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing, and that glowing effect is just amazing! Thank you for sharing this great work :)
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dangochao Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Student General Artist
thank you so much! this helped on a Valentine deviation i was working on!
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MileniaKitsuvee Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Really cool, this helps a lot.
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pippyboy Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
thank you lots
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animegirl007 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
Good tutorial....thanks :nod:
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AlyGoesMoo Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
Oh wow! Thanks so so much! Really really useful <3
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4nto Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG JUST WHAT I NEEDED! >3<
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AzurePangolin Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Woah! This is incredibly clear and precise, yet variable and covering exactly what it needs to! Not many tutorials manage this! Kudos!
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LilDemonWarrior Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Th'was helpful, thanks!
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Ro33y Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
wow.... can do with that??!! thanks to share dude...
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Static-Foil Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG! This is so kewl o3o *never realized that* . .I'm doing this tonight! :eager:
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DrawingIsMyDrug Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
amaaaaing tut, thank you so much! ^^
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innocent-rebel Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Student General Artist
Thank you thank you so much for making this! This is easy to understand, and very helpful! Thank you so much!
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xxblah-girlxx Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist
Interesting! Something I've never really thought much about =P
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Ember-Eyes Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, this is pretty awesome! I've tried a few of these techniques before, but there are quite a few on here that I never even thought of. Nice! :XD:
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SoftBluewind Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Cool!!! I love it!! :D thanks a loot!!! I've just followed this tutorial! very cool!
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Deviant-KB Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
Many thanks from a digi-newb ^_^
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AwsumZ Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
Very nice way to show what layer styles can do, I think you portrayed it really well! I'm sure many, many people will find this very useful - myself included :XD:
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AznDramaFrk94 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
Ooh! This is very interesting! Thanks! :)
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MindSpringFF Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow! Very cool :D Thanks for the tips!
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nuxill Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
Ahh I never thought of doing some of these things!
Also thanks to this tutorial I finally understand what the 'Exclusion' effect does. :D Thank you!
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Husky-Foxgryph Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
nice trick!=D
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is great! I use blending modes all the time, but I never thought of using a blur or a gradient in them! :D Thanks for making this!
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littleshanchan Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome
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Shaliara Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for sharing, I really find it useful! Some of these effects can just be discovered by trying, so thanks for showing! :D
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celestialfirecat Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
Awesome Tutorial! Thanks for sharing this info!
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TimeCreeper Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
thanks this is wonderful
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CucumberPickles Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow this is going to be very helpful. Thanks so much ^^
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zoogoesrawr Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
You have no idea how helpful this is. Layer effects confuse the hell out of me.
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LilxRita11 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks this helped me a lot ^^
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Rolytic Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful. I'm sure I'd have gotten there by trial and error to find out what everything did, but this is way easier. Could you do one will the full list of what all the layer modes do? Ex: multiply, lighten, darken, color burn... I know you've done a few in this one, but what about all in one? (or parts if that's huge)
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rockinrobin Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Student Digital Artist
hmm yeah that's a good idea. I'll probably make an extended version as a continuation of this tutorial sometime. but the best way to figure out what everything does is just experiment with the different settings and stuff, you can probably figure a lot out on your own! (:
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Rolytic Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool. You are right though on the experimentation part. It'd still be nice to have something to reference.
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XfeatheredXmusicX Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
I always wondered how people made their pctures look so amazing!
This is so helpful! ^-^
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BridgeToNeverland Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
great tutorial!! I'll keep that in my mind!
thanks for sharing :)
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starlightgal93 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting and useful :D
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coolcatjas Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome stuff! very useful :D
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shiro522 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Student Digital Artist
thank you for explaining layers :) now i know how ppl make such effects on their pics
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Lammebill Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you this is useful, I ' ll have to try this out
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joekey Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
This is great ty so much. Any tips on how to make a gradient? Like for the gradient layer you have, do you manually use the airbrush or something and try to spread the mix of color like that or does SAI have an option to create gradients like the one you show? Thanks
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rockinrobin Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Student Digital Artist
hm.. I guess SAI doesn't have a gradient tool, so you'd have to do it manually. but it should be easy enough to do with the paintbrush or watercolor brush, just set the blending on a high setting and mess around with the opacity settings. Photoshop or other graphics programs have a handy gradient tool though.
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AndyKimiko Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice! I'd never thought on that!
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Akysi Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Student General Artist
That's awesome! Very helpful! :D :+fav:
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Tacskoexe Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This really helps a lot! Thank you! :D
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nekochan256 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
thx for that x3 it really helped me!OwO
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