Ninique's Minidollz

Tutorials - Sari

A sari is an East Indian garment which is made from a single piece of fabric. I chose to show how to make this type of dress because it has a lot of folds in it, so it enables me to thouroughly teach my technique for making folds in Serif Photoplus

  1. First, create a layer named "undershirt" and draw a tee-shirt-like top ending somewhere between the breasts and the belly-button (that's what people wear under saris). Shade that top using the technique shown in Shading 2.

  2. Create a new layer and name it "skirt". Draw the outline of the skirt making it one pixel wide everywhere. Saris usually go down to the ground and have Lots of small folds at the bottom.

  3. Fill the skirt in with the second lightest colour and select the inside of it with the magic wand (in the tool properties tab, set the tolerance to 1). Here, you cannot see the dotted lines around what I've selected because I've hidden them by going in Select>Show Marquee.

  4. As in the Shading 3 tutorial, take the fourth brush of the second row and brush along the sides of the skirt. Do not put your pointer inside the outline of the skirt. If you glide your mouse a pixel away from it, there will still be some shading since the brush is so big.

  5. Repeat the operation with the darkest colour and a smaller brush (I usually use the second brush of the second row.)

  6. Using the line tool and the second darkest colour, draw the folds at the bottom of the skirt.

  7. Draw little triangles at the bottom of each line with the darkest colour (don't forget to set your brush back to one pixel wide!)

  8. With the lightest colour, draw a root-like shape that goes in between the dark lines.

  9. Here' s where the folds start looking like folds: take the smudge tool and set the opacity to 50%. With the second brush of the second row, smudge each dark line upwards,starting from the middle of the triangles, and then downwards to prevent the outline of the skirt to create stripes like this.

  10. Smudge the highlights downwards and blend the top of the root-like shape into the shadow at the sides, still using the smudge tool. You may also want to extend the folds upward. Add some more pixels of shadow and pixels of highlight if you want and continue to smudge up and down until you're satisfied with it. Then press Ctrl+D to deselect the skirt.

  11. We're finished the skirt, now for the top part: Create a new layer called "top" and draw two curved lines with the darkest colour. One that starts at the neck and ends at the bottom left of the undershirt and the other that starts at the edge of the shoulder and ends somewhere on the left side of the skirt. Clean off those lines so that they are one-pixel thick and close them on the shoulder and at the side of the skirt.

  12. Fill this in with the second lightest colour and select the inside of it with the magic wand (in the tool properties tab, set the tolerance to 1). Here, you cannot see the dotted lines around what I've selected because I've hidden them by going in Select>Show Marquee.

  13. Take the darkest colour and draw folds going from the top left to the bottom right, still in a curved line. It doesn't have to be perfect. Draw more lines in between them with the lightest colour.

  14. Using the smudge tool and with the smallest brush of the second row, smudge along the lines one by one. Concentrate yourself more on the bottom left; don't worry if the top right is all smudged-up in one colour. If necessary, add more pixels of shadow and highlight with the paintbrush.

  15. Now, we'll correct the top right: take the darkest colour and redraw the shadow lines where they got erased. Do the same for the highlight.

  16. Carefully follow each line you just drew with the smudge tool, making sure that you still see the difference between the shadows and highlight. If you make a mistake and it looks all smudged-up, repeat the previous step and start over.

  17. Create a new layer and call it "top shading". Add some shading to the top left and bottom right with the same method we used to make the shading to the sides of the skirt. Bring down the opacity of that layer to 60%. Here, I also erased the parts of clothing that were covering the hands.

Final Result:

result doll

Here's the final doll. See my Wings Tutorial to find out how I made the wings.