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First of all: Sorry for any kind of typos or grammar-errors, I'm german, english isn't my native language so bear with me... =v=;;;

*requested*

As promised, here a tutorial about how to blend a character into a background so it really LOOKS like the chara belongs there...

This example was really hard because my character (Keel) was done for a charactersheet, so the lighting was rather neutral and basic, on the other hand the background was not at all. Let me explain some additional things:
The background throws light as well, not only your main light source. Thus, it throws colorful light at your character as well. Imagine you are walking through a tunnel painted in pink. The lights from above are white, but somehow everything on you appears pinkish, because the surroundings throw light on you as well. -> When blending a character into your background, pick up some colors of your surroundings and cast them on your character. The main-reason why some characters totally don't seem to match into a background is because they simply have a completely different lighting. Imagine the sun shining from the right side, but their shadows are on the right side as well. Doesn't make any sense and this causes the character to look COMPLETELY off. Usually I indicate the colors of the surroundings and the lighting while shading the character already, but if you notice 'too late' that your chara doesn't fit, that's what I do to blend them in.


Program: Illuststudio, but works perfectly fine on Photoshop as well. Most things should work on SAI too, have no clue about GIMP or other programs though... sorry...

Other helpful links and tutorials:

Speedpaint-Video how I colored the character:
[link]

Step-by-Step Tutorial on creating a character within a background (some of the steps above are explained there again too)


A bit older already, but on the right side is a small section about how I create magic circles such as the one in the tutorial:


Speedpaint-Tutorial about how I did the clouds:


Flashtutorial to create this tutorial:


Finished results:
Character on Sheet:
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Finished picture



(c) :icondeamond89:
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:iconhokaidohokaide:
hokaidohokaide Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, at first, the picture is really good, I really like the magic circle.
Next, this is a tutorial that is easy to understand (As Amature like me) and helped me greatly, a huge thanks for that. Additionally, it was a huge help in the pic I am currently working on.
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:icondea-89:
Dea-89 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Thanks! Glad it helps ^^
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Kiriuni Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist
ah, they have illustudio in germany? I feel like America has nothing but Photoshop and the new version for SAI hasn't come out yet here either -_-
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:icondea-89:
Dea-89 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
It isn't. You used to have to get the japanese version and get an english patcher on the net, but Celsys brought out a new program called Clip Studio which is an improved Illust Studio and its available in english. Just google for it, it's amazing~ *uses the Pro version*
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:iconkiriuni:
Kiriuni Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist
I've heard of it, didn't know they had an english version. Thank you!
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grzffleirz Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
help alot <3

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meteorguppy Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really helpful, thanks!
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Aphelps Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Fantastic tutorial, thank you. <3 How to make the magic symbol thing in Illust Studio would help also. ^__^ Which tool is it?
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:iconaphelps:
Aphelps Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nevermind, I am an idiot. Found the magic circle tutorial. Thanks for that also. XD
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:iconbayrozoma:
bayrozoma Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
KYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA <33
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:icontrina-lyn:
Trina-Lyn Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student Photographer
that was really awesome! and i loved how you "connected" the chara! thanks zo much will be taking this on board!
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:iconmisachi-chan:
Misachi-Chan Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This will be useful... >3>b
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:iconcarouselclover:
carouselclover Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Even if I don't draw in this style, it was very helpful. Thanks so much!
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:iconoopsitsbekah:
oopsitsbekah Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for sharing, this is brilliant♥
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:iconlilfred:
LilFred Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
great job! thank you for sharing! ^^
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:iconseniro:
seniro Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahhh so helpful! thank you so much :>
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:iconmejinomaru:
Mejinomaru Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Filmographer
great tutorial here I may use this
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:iconastralchrist:
AstralChrist Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That came out lookin' great!
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DinYp Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
nice tutorial!
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CirqueNingyo Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This was pretty brilliant. Thanks so much for taking the time out to make this!
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Sylvir-Echo Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
used to do this [link]
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sorenshadow Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes~


Thank You.
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Smyrker Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
God ! Danke :heart: You made such a sweet and nice and perfect tuto ! Thank you :iconaawplz: It was a pleasure to read, and it'll still be a pleasure next time I'll go through it !
Have a nice day my dear ! :dance:
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:icondea-89:
Dea-89 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
>v<b
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:iconforbiddenimmortality:
OH GOD I'VE FINALLY FOUND IT!!

the thing to blend character to bg~~~!!

Thanks youuuuu~!!!
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:icondea-89:
Dea-89 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Glad it helps, hun <3
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5UNNYR4Y3 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012   Digital Artist
this is gorgeous!! do you think you could do one where you have to change the charater's perspective for it to match the bg?
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:icondea-89:
Dea-89 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
I just used the move and transform tool to rotate it...
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:icon5unnyr4y3:
5UNNYR4Y3 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012   Digital Artist
i mean perspective as in the angle looking more upward or downward at the character ^^
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InazumaE948 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
any tips on how to make a self drawn magical circle?I know this has to be the stupidest question there is but....y'know..
Awesome tutorial btw, helped me a lot.
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:icondea-89:
Dea-89 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
There is a link in the description to a speedpaint video how I colored the chara. I drew a small magic circle there. My only advice I have is, starting from the base and going into detail.
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Chivi-chivik Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This deserves to be a Daily Deviation!! :iconclappingplz:
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Millennium-Star Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is...amazing!!! :O
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melsr007 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist
:wow: NICE!!!!!!
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Bardic-Otaku Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Easy to follow, and beautiful artwork. Would it be possible to request a tutorial on making magic circles?
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:icondea-89:
Dea-89 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
I wanted to make one already but something always comes in the way xD;;; I will see what I can do ^^
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:iconbardic-otaku:
Bardic-Otaku Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't worry, I know the feeling. xD Thank you!
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:iconinkdweller:
inkdweller Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Epicsauce. Very very useful! ^^
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Eevee164 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah. That's a very awesome picture, and an equally awesome tutorial! :D
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KyashiAnn Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Great help! Definitely a good reference.
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foxglove1028 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
stunning :wow: and thank you for sharing ^^
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Vallia Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
guten tag! why are you so amazing! :D
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IsenVarulven Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
Awesome! Lovely picture, great instructions, and very few spelling problems!
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K-T-Elite Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LSDKFJALKDFJLASIEJFRASLJDFKAJSDKF AMAZING ART. AND USEFUL TUTORIAL.
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RandomDrawerPerson Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
This is really useful. Thank you.
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:iconrysicup:
Rysicup Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is such a great tutorial! This will help me a lot. Thank you so much!!
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:iconkayshae:
Kayshae Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Simplest tutorial I've found so far =)
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:iconcrochetamommy:
crochetamommy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. very nicely made tutorial. great job!!
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:iconomniavanitus:
OmniaVanitus Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Very helpful thank you.
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ellenmellenn Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
So cool! And very helpful! Thank you:)
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