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Transform Long Hair with a Unique Coloring Technique for Anime

Transform your long hair with a unique coloring technique for an anime-inspired look. Learn how to add depth, shine, and gradient to your hair coloring!

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First and foremost, we mark in red the place where we will distribute the shading. This way the work will be easier for us. “We will dispense with these lines later.”


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The next step is to use the pen tool and start drawing, from bottom to top, in the form of lines, using the red lines that guide us, in order to color long hair.


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We repeat the same process, from the top, and walk and plan from the top to the bottom


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This is an illustrative image, showing you the method I follow, especially with regard to shading in the middle of the hair, as we draw from top to bottom, and from the other side, we go in the opposite direction, to obtain this result.

Look carefully at the difference between picture 1 and picture 2, and the green lines


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We must walk in waves. Shading cannot walk straight on the hair, as this is unnatural

Look at the picture, how the coloring goes sometimes up and down, giving a natural look


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Now, we add a darker shadow than before, but less frequently, and only in specific places, using the Pen Tool.

We color at the ends of the hair


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Here we have reached the stage of adding shine to the hair, which is the same as the previous method that I explained in this lesson, but we choose a lighter color, and we color above the hair color and not in the dark areas.


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This is an optional stage, as we choose the eraser tool, and erase some areas of hair shine. Notice the locations of the red arrows, how I indicated the areas that were erased.

You can do this for shading too

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This is how the previous steps ended, and here is the result


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This is an optional step as well, but it adds more aesthetics to the painting, which is that we define the shading of the hair, then choose a darker color than the previous one, then using the air or soft brush tool specified in the picture, we color only the left side of the hair.

This will give a beautiful gradient to the anime character's long hair

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Here is a clearer picture of everything we did previously, the color shades, and the hair strands


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This is the final result, after we added some sparkles and simple effects. I hope you like it, and we will meet, God willing, in future tutorials .


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