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Chain Tutorial by liiga Chain Tutorial by liiga
I had a tutorial on drawing chains up before, but it was so old, horrible and outdated that it made my eyes bleed so I made a new one. :aww:

That's pretty much how I draw all the chains lately. It's made with Corel Painter in mind, but you can probably replicate the process using other stuff such as Photoshop.

In step 2 I mentioned checking "Preserve Transparency". Just to be clear, that setting stays on for the whole tutorial. Really helps with getting highlights and shadows placed right, particularly for smallish chains where it'd be easy to miss them otherwise.

Oh and the brush settings are as they appear in the Brush Creator.

You can see the results here, for example.


Edit: If you're a Photoshop user, here's advice for creating the brush as kindly provided by *cheshirepanda:

-Take a drawn chain image and 'Define Brush Preset'
-In 'Brush Tip Shape' under 'Brush Presets' Set Spacing to 201% (Or to what makes them evenly spaced)
-Under 'Shape Dynamics' under 'Angle Jitter', set drop down menu to 'Direction'
And theres the settings!
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Kitanokata Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist
Thanks a million. It would really be helpful. 
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inez-artworx Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was awesome. Thank you, so much. I am new to Painter, but thanks to this and some googling I was able to replicate your chain brush with the provided dab. It took some figuring out, but I'm glad that this was the first one I sort of tested the waters with. It was easy to tell when I had something set incorrectly by simply drawing a line quickly and comparing notes again. I'm sure for more experienced users and those using the same versions of painter it was probably even easier. Thanks so much for sharing.
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Panderpia Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this will be helpful, much thanks!
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LupusDream Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do you get into the brush settings, i have corel painter 12.
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Keralice Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for thaht but it doesn't work with my corel painter x3 ...
I don't really know this program so maybe you can help me ? :')
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EbonyShroud Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Wow, I didn't even know you could do something like this! I was aware that brushes could be in shapes... but something like this? It's amazing! Thank you for creating this tutorial!
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Iduna91 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student Artist
Excellent tutorial thanks a lot~ +fav
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lipebello Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
very nice! thanks
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maria-mar Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
I can't find this "stroke designer" area on my corel painter 12... this is probably noob level, but where can i find it?
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liiga Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
In Painter 9, it's called "Brush Creator" and is found under the "Window" drop down menu. Whether or not it's still there in later versions, I have no idea.
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:iconmaria-mar:
maria-mar Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Hmmm it doesn't seem to exist in there. I'll ask on painter.factory if there's an equivalent window. Thanks :)
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maria-mar Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Thank you so much for the quick answer, this will help me a lot on work :)
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DemonLordLilith Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for making this it will really help me!! :la:
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BessFlint Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Many thanks for your tutorials, they have been a great help as I have struggled to make chains and gems for ages!
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:iconmadappel:
madappel Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Thanks alot! I was searching for this technique for months!
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Primeless Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
this was what i was looking for! thx for the lesson :)

so usefull, but not only to make chains :) thx for sharing!
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Zabaso Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Artist
Very nice.
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MikaNatsumi101 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
that was helpful
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XPsychoBarbieX Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful Tut ! Thanks so much !
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Number14 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you very much. This tutorial helped me to create first drawing in Painter that i really liked :))) Loooooove uuuu! :*
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Sadict Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Used your chain brush for another picture: [link]

Thanks!! :D
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rikkaroxx Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i guess this awesome tut would work for any metalic thing?
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liiga Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
To an extent. It will work fine for narrow metallic surfaces that don't have much of a reflection. For wider, polished ones, you'll probably want to have some reflections going on, depending on the environment.
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Sadict Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you make the chain brush that you are using in this tutorial?
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:iconliiga:
liiga Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Yes, that is more or less the point.
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Sadict Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, thank you. :aww:

I just wanted to know who to credit. I used the simple image of the chain link that's your brush and turned it into a brush in GIMP so I could use it in a picture I'm working on. I'll definately link to you once it's all done. :D
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liiga Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Glad to hear it's coming in handy! :)
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Sadict Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's the picture I finished using your chain dab as a brush in GIMP: [link]

Thank you so much for this tutorial/brush shape. Was very handy.
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weiSSe-Ratte Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Please put the download link. I cant fullview it
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liiga Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Download option added! :)
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weiSSe-Ratte Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
:la:
Thanks!
Really usefull, your chain tutorial is the best of all I've seen on this theme)
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Lefa-59 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I LOVE YOU THANK YOU FOR THIS :D
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DesertdustSariah Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
it's awesome and helps
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5UNNYR4Y3 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012   Digital Artist
whoop! thank you so much--i need to draw a ridiculously long chain haha
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passiondesloups Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
awesome !
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ArousingSoul Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is totally helpful thanks for posting your awesomeness.
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EndlessSecrets Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011   General Artist
This is awesome! Thank you for making it!
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KiGaMin Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You win.
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RinTheCrazyWolf Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011   Traditional Artist
awesom
ok so I can draw a Chain
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KalosysArt Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very well :D
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UsayFudo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Cool! :D
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Morkvalt Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
really awesome tutorial! thanks :D
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MissBlackRabbit Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
''Always remember - smbient lighting likes you and wants to be your friend.''
It does? It sure has a funny way of showing it O.
Thank you for this tutorial, it helped me understand light sources a little better :)
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TalaStrogg Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Yes, chain can be problematic! thanks for tutorial
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hildegunst01 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the great tut, this help me very much. ; )
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KennoArkkan Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
this is far THE BEST tutorial. i myself HATED to paint chains, Thanks 2 years later lady!! 1 internets for you
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:iconliiga:
liiga Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Better late than never I suppose! :D
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KennoArkkan Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
fuck yes :iconexcitedlinkplz::iconexcitedlinkplz::iconexcitedlinkplz::iconexcitedlinkplz::iconexcitedlinkplz::iconexcitedlinkplz::iconexcitedlinkplz:
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TalaStrogg Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
xd
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ArtisnotanAccident Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent.
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