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Tutorial - Blending a Character into the BG by Lhuin Tutorial - Blending a Character into the BG by Lhuin
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I originally wanted to make a video of this but never did so thought I could make it a tutorial like this.
Something I've been asked about earlier and thought I'd share it :) I always enjoy doing this part in my pictures!


Not much to say about it though here, but let me know if you have any questions or if anything's unclear. Wrote the texts pretty quickly so it might have some derps but hopefully not haha!

It works at least in photoshop, but it should work in any other programs that have a Gaussian Blur... thing or something similar at least.

Hope you like it!! :)

characters used in this are (c) to their owners!

edit: added some little things!
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XxDeputyDerpxX Featured By Owner Edited Jan 21, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't have any blur tools on my software, using Android Sketchbook. Any other way?
(I might get the Photoshop app soon but it's a bit of money and I don't know if it has Gaussian Blur.
Edit: it does)
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Aeur Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 thank you! haha i need to try this sometime..
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XeekyXeek Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg this is great
I should try doing this hhh
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Akimune Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this tut♥
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D4N13L4sArt Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is super helpful! Thanks <3
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LTGRAPHIX Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this! I'ts so simple, yet makes such a difference :D
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Nafsi-chan Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh that's actually pretty good! Thanks! 
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wingedchameleon Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks! This really helped me out a lot!
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Berk-shire Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I used this with great results. Thank you!
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morbidlycutee Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why did I not think of this on my own?
Brilliant!
Thank you c:
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Kuro-Shikoku Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's an awesome tip !!
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caIImejay Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Super helpful, thankyou
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NekoOow Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeaah thank you! I always search how to do that! >w<
But I'm French and I don't really understand all your sentences x'D 
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WingsOfNightfall Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love how simplified you've made this! Nod
 
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CameronFedora Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student General Artist
So THAT'S how you do it. Thank you! 
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GrungeJackal Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Thank you, this helps a lot. Now I need to learn how to do backgrounds. >.<
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Swifttail28 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woahhh this is awesome!! Great tutorial, 5/5 : D
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dacks006 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Pretty informative work. Nice... =)
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JessiRenee Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013   Digital Artist
this is the best advice I've ever seen... :wow: and you made it so easy to understand! I could do this in any art program! (I use FireAlpaca). Thank you for this tutorial!
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KolaWolf Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Does it work the same for all programs, or just yours?
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:iconlhuin:
Lhuin Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Student General Artist
The tutorial is not really about the program but more about the technique so should work in most digital programs (maybe not paint tho) and traditionally too in some ways :)
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Lhuin Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Ohuhff just realised I thought this comment was on the fur tutorial so maybe not traditional at least that well...
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KolaWolf Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh ok, I was just curious because I got a new program. Thanks for answering my comment!
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Cocoru Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you thank you thank you!!! This is PERFECT. I was trying to find a way to blend my characters into their background properly, and you finally solved my problem! Thank youuuu!
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:iconziikra:
ziikra Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Mine selects the whole picture DX help please :C
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:iconlhuin:
Lhuin Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Might be a hole in the lineart somewhere! :0
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:iconziikra:
ziikra Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Ooh thanks! :aww:
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Nivvy26 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS was my problem, thank youuu :heart:
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KariTBB Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student General Artist
That is SO useful! I had trouble with various drawings where the character would simply stand out too much. I hope that will help me to finally deal with this problem :)
Thanks a lot for posting this!
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thelonelyfruitcake Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll have to try thiso ut
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ThirdEcho Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why the hell didn't I think of doing it this way? Thanks brosafina.
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Anyura Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hah, nice idea, thanks! ;)
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Toyger Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is something that has always bothered me. Wow, this is so simple, yet so effective! Thanks for sharing!! =D
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TheSpeed0fLlight Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This photo here: [link]

I'm sorry I didn't realize the thumb nail wouldn't work on comments >.<
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Taaragh Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student General Artist
From the looks of it, it should, as long as you use the color you want the glow to be (and it's still from the background). Of course you'll have to pay attention from where the light bounces from, etc.

In short, yes.
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TheSpeed0fLlight Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Actually, I was wondering, will adding this extra lighting source also give the line art that "glow" for example, this picture you did here: :thumb357062870: is outlined in a beautiful glow, if I follow this tutorial will I to get this effect on my pictures?

Thank you for this tutorial, and your beautiful photos :heart:
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Lhuin Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Ah yea, another thing I might do (and did in that pic) is simply duplicate the lineart layer ad use gaussian blur on the new layer that's on top. And erase the blurred lineart where the character's eyes and other details on the face are (just to make those areas look sharper). Then on that picture too I just made a new layer on the Soft Light setting on top of everything and drew there around the character with a big soft, round brush :)

so it depends on the picture a bit but the thing I do in this tutorial is what I normally do in every lineart picture in any case, and then if needed add extra things like I mentioned above. x3
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TheSpeed0fLlight Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Have you ever done any sort of speedpaints? I learn better when I can see what you're talking about as I am dyslexic...
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Lhuin Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Yep! I got some on my youtube channel here [link] or my old one [link] :)
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TheSpeed0fLlight Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh my God... YOU'RE Zowolf?! I think you completley just blew my mind, I've been watching your videos since I was 13! Maybe even younger than that >.< But I forget.

Your art has inspired me for the longest time! ((though you wouldn't know it from this account as it's my original)) Anyway thank you so much, I will proceed to watch ALL of them lol :'D
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Tala10 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is the best, most helpful tutorial I have ever read. Thankyou so much, you have no idea what a difference this makes to me <3 I've often wondered how some artists make that "soft" look and now I finally understand how to do it, thanks to you!

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ShinyAquaBlueRibbon Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student General Artist
So it's NOT magic.... XD Thank you for making this tutorial!
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crashez Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful *-*
Thank you <3
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theryo99 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
but how did you chanege the perfect colour?
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:iconlhuin:
Lhuin Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student General Artist
Perfect colour?
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theryo99 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
yeah
for the background..
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Faolan98 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Em, forgive me, but how do you lock the layer? Is it just selecting the layer or do you have to do something else :heart:

Thank you!
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Lhuin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
[link] it's the left one in the picture, the one that looks like a chessboard :)
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Faolan98 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so much!!
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Ageen Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This might be one of the most useful tutorials I have ever seen. Thanks <3
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