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Tutorial: Simple Backgrounds by MissPinks Tutorial: Simple Backgrounds by MissPinks
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Do i need a tablet? :bulletred: NO
Do i need certain software? :bulletred: NO
this instructional is done in PS but you can emulate the steps in GIMP. (not sure about sai as it lacks layer effects)

Pt 2 "texture": if you dont want the texture to have any color left in it when you overlay (like mine still had some reddish tones), change the saturation to make the texture b&w, then it will only show shades of the original background gradient or colour :)

Note: there is much difference between a background and a "scene" so always try and push yourself when you can! :meow:

Now the reason i made this is because i keep seeing a lot of people saying "i love how i drew this character but i didnt know what to do for the bg and ruined it :( " and other similar things.
I want to be able to share with people that theres some really great filler techniques for backgrounds that barely take any time, so i hope many people find this useful!
heehee that little eel character of mine gets to be in everything

BTW i used the first technique for other art of mine like these if you want to see it in action:

Autumn texture from:
Can't find where i got the rose texture from sorry :shakefish:

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Sir-Herp Mar 11, 2014  Student General Artist
I remember reading this before I really got into using SAI. Now that I've experimented a bit, I can say that you can definitely do all of this on SAI, since it does have some layer effects, like overlay and stuff. The only thing is, there's no gradient tool, so it takes a little more effort to make those. But you could just make a gradient in GIMP or something, save as a png, and drop it into SAI and use it like any other texture. :D Thought it'd be useful to say!
MissPinks Mar 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot for letting everyone know :la: !
pinkystrawberricutie Jan 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is really helpful, thank you! ^^
After finishing a drawing on SAI I would like to be able to put any background picture into my drawing but then it overlaps my main drawing. How do I put my background behind my main drawing? Can you please explain? Thank you!
MissPinks Jan 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hey pinky, do you know about layers? i'm not a sai user but i'm sure there would be an option for importing a seperate drawing as a new layer. if you arrange your layers in the right order you can place the background behind your drawing :)
if you dont, let me know and i will explain layers for you :la:
pinkystrawberricutie Jan 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Honestly, not really. I understand the part about arranging the layers in the right order to place the background behind my drawing but I don't think I get the basics of layering. Doesn't your drawing have to have a transparent background in order to place a background behind it?
Thank you for replying.^^
MissPinks Jan 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Well basically layers are just like clear sheets of paper that you can move in order to show what sits on top of what. So the more foreground object, like a character or something, would be on a layer on top of the farground objects, and then the very background. There's layer effects etc but really that's the basics of layers :)
yes it does need to be transparent to see whatever is behind it. So if sai is like photoshop (which starts with a basic white filled layer), it is best to do your drawing onto a transparent layer, even if you arent sure if you will add a background later or not.
Though if you have a white background on your current layer with your character you can find ways to cut out the white background, or erase it all by hand (really difficult) i'm not 100% sure about sai because it really lacks a lot of options compared to photoshop in those regards
the best thing to do is always work on transparent layers just in case :3
pinkystrawberricutie Jan 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the info. I think I got the concept now. I really appreciate the explaination. It means a lot. :hug:
Do you mind if I note you sometimes if I have questions?
MissPinks Jan 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yay i'm glad i helped. I'm not a sai user but i have used it before and i think all art programs are quite similar so yes if you ever need any help don't be afraid to ask :hug:
MissPinks Jan 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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