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Underwater Tutorial - SAI by Juliana1121 Underwater Tutorial - SAI by Juliana1121
Hi there! So here's my first tutorial ^^ It's the method I'm currently using for my underwater backgrounds (Steps 2 and 3 are used by me so oftenly!). It's pretty basic, with only 9 steps (8 if you don't consider opening sai as one XD). Please tell me if there are any spelling/grammar mistakes ;)
If you have any questions, feel free to ask :D

The tools I used here were pretty much the pen tool and the blur tool only. ( Blur tool <3 What would I do if you didn't exist? TvT ) And yes, I pick my blue shades randomly everytime. That way they hardly ever will look the same.

I might do a Photoshop Version of it too. The Photoshop underwater bg is still the same as before so it's not even close to this one. It looks worser e-e I haven't used Photoshop much since I started using Sai so there wasn't much of a progress on that...OTL

Well, I hope you find it useful :)

Please let me know if you use this in one of your drawings. I'd love to see it ^^

Examples of drawings (by me) in which I used this process:
Comm - Rinori and Aurrie by Juliana1121
Comm - Chibi Mer-sea-horse-maid Melody by Juliana1121
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purplepandaj Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! It helped me a lot ;w; (I just got a pen tablet yesterday... first time using it :D )
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome! ;v; I'm glad it did ^^ (Oooh! Awesome :D)
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Wildnature03 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the help with the underwater view, it helped me A LOT!
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome ^^ I'm glad it did ^^
Thanks for the mention!
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SnowSymphony Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!! very useful!! Used Here :happybounce: 
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome ^^ Thank you! I'm glad you think so! :) Oooh! Awesome! ^^
Thanks for the mention ~ ^^
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DevilGal23 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Umm, I have a question, what colours should you use for skin underwater?
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm...what I usually do (because I'm lazy, haha) is color the skin like I would if the character wasn't underwater and I copy the background layer and put it on top of the drawing, ajusting the opacity for that. I think you could use the Overlay option for that but I'm not sure.
If you don't want to use this method, I recommend using a bluish white (for white skin) and shade with variations of it, applying yellow for the light parts (like in this picture: www.deviantart.com/art/Underwa… or taking the base skin color and shading colors you usually use for skin and mixing it with the blue tones you used for the background so you get the colors you need for the shading. There are many methods for doing it, just remember it has to have a bluish (sometimes even purple-ish) tone to it ^^
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DevilGal23 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Aww, thank you very much! That gave me a really clear idea on how to colour underwater skin! You're awsome!
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome ^^ Let me know if you need more help ^^
Oh, thank you! :D
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IGawesomesauce Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
amazing tutorial, helped me a lot!

thanks!
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you ^^ I'm glad it did ^^

You're welcome! :)
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Onikage01 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist
This helped me a lot, thank you very much!
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's great to hear ^^ You're most welcome ^^
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Onikage01 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist
The result came out beautifully, thanks again.
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad it did ^^ You're welcome :)
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Onikage01 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist
Anytime! Thanks again.
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stingfish101 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful for the people who use Sai, (Like me) that want to draw underwater scenes. ^^
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you ^^
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sassawj Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Oh, excuse my original comment - I thought the bubble tutorial was yours as when I looked at it both of these tutorials had the same username but I was a mistaken, also because I saw very similar bubbles on this tutorial at the end, again I was mistaken, my bad! In any case, as I said, I love this tutorial, it goes great with this one for someone like me that is not at all skilled at doing backgrounds whatsoever: electrical-socket.deviantart.c…
Anyway, this tutorial, is by far the best underwater background tutorial I have found, in my opinion, which gives us room to do as we please to make the background totally original and our own. :)
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, it's fine ^^ The bubbles do look alike :)

I'm not a big fan of doing backgrounds so I try to make them in a simple way but still looking great :D
I'm glad you think this is the best underwater background tutorial :) Another thing I was aiming for (in addition to the ones I said in the other reply) was to give people some space to create too :D You can always change a step here and there and get a good result or not. Experiencing is really important too. Just use what I say here the way it fits you and your style and my work here is done :)
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sassawj Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
I just want to comment to tell you how much I love this tutorial! Both this tutorial and the bubble tutorial go hand in hand, they are easy to understand, short and simple, yet the end result looks amazing no matter the skill level, and of course as I practice the better I am getting at these bubbles, which you have made incredibly fun for me to doodle up in my underwater background. Thank you for posting these! :la:
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for taking a part of your time to comment ^^
I'm glad you love this tutorial :) I was aiming exactly for that when I was creating it: keeping it simple and easy to understand, and keeping the quality no matter what skill level who is reading it has :)
As a self-taught artist, I know these things are super important for beginners who use tutorials to improve their own styles :)
I haven't done a bubble tutorial yet but I can if there's enough interest :)
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Libra-Creates Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
SUPER helpful! Thank you so much!
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad it was helpful to you ^^ You're most welcome :D
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Ambertail-Kat Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much I've been looking everywhere for one of these! :D
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome ^^ I hope it'll be useful to you :)
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BladeWithin Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very useful and helpful dear!!~
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you ^^ I'm glad it was helpful :)
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Ichigo-Chan313 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah this is the only underwater tutorial I found for SAI...

but this is very VERY useful, so thank you~!!! :iconmoesmileplz:
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, SAI tutorials aren't as numerous as Photoshop ones yet >.< (I'd make more but I've been so busy! >.<)
I'm glad you found it useful :)
You're welcome ^^
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Amakai411 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Faved this cuz I tried it and it came out so well QuQ thank you for this!
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, thanks for faving it :D
You're welcome ^^ I'm glad this was helpful to you ^^
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darthplegias Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Thanks, very useful!! :D
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks ^^ I'm glad you find it useful :)
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Tabitha-De-La-Kitty Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
=_= The white rays of light that you're supposed to do in step 6 and 7 didn't work for me, they turned out shitty like this [link] help me ;_;
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm...did you set the layer to "Luminosity" on steps 6 and 7? If you did, that would be the problem...in the steps 6 and 7 you are supposed to be working in a layer set in "Normal". If that's not the case (or if even setting to "Normal" and redoing it doesn't work), try working with thinner lines or bluring it more...did you set your blur tool settings to the same settings as mine (it's in the tutorial next to step 3)?
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Tabitha-De-La-Kitty Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I don't think I did set the blur tool the way you said. I thought it would work well either way :P Okay, I'll try that.
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I didn't test other settings to see if it would work ^^; But please let me know if setting them that way solves your problem or not ^^
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ChungKeePanda Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
So pretty :D.

And very helpful. Thanks :D
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks ^^ I'm glad it's helpful ^^
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Kaishiru Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very useful tutorial~ :heart: I actually plan on doing a piece where a character will be underwater so this will help me out tremendously~~ :la:
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you ^^ I'm glad you find it useful :)
Oooh! Cool! Be sure to show it to me, I'd love to see the results ^^
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Kaishiru Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome and I shall~ :heart:
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MatTheSpeedStar Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:3 *dunks you*
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
o_o Eek! *wasn't expecting*
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MatTheSpeedStar Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
X3
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^^;
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