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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I had a tutorial on drawing chains up before, but it was so old, horrible and outdated that it made my eyes bleed so I made a new one.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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EbonyShroud Mar 24, 2014   Digital Artist
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 Aug 22, 2013  Student Artist
Excellent tutorial thanks a lot~ +fav
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:iconlipebello:
very nice! thanks
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:iconmaria-mar:
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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:iconliiga:
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:
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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:iconmaria-mar:
Thank you so much for the quick answer, this will help me a lot on work :)
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DemonLordLilith Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for making this it will really help me!! :la:
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BessFlint 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:
Thanks alot! I was searching for this technique for months!
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