Heather Gray in Clip Studio Paint
It’s a popular color for sweatpants, leggings, hoodies, American Apparel t-shirts, etc. But it’s not just a solid color. It’s a pattern. Take a look:
Different manufacturers might have slightly different shades of gray for it, but there’s always that straight line pattern — almost like a striation — that runs through it.
There’s a cheat for it that I found when I needed it for an Inktober challenge. There are a lot of little settings you can tweak to make it look just like you want to, but it only takes three steps to get this effect.
1. Fill in the area with a gray color
Use the magic wand, because you’ll be needing that selected area in the next steps.
I go with a gray that’s about 50-75%, but you can choose whatever you’d like.
2. Add Perlin Noise
It’s in the menu bar under Filter –> Draw –> Perlin Noise
It’s going to give you a series of options. Play with them. Adjust to taste. Then, I’ll show you the settings I’m using:
I chose those because they give me a nice narrow and regular band. The final noise is not large and blocky. It’ll look nicer after the next step. Again, adjust them to taste.
3. Add Movable Blur
It’s in the menu bar under Filter –> Blur –> Motion
There are some settings here you can play with, too. I recommend sticking with 10 for the “Area to blur” setting. Anything more and it starts looking too blurry and the edges get too thin.
Here’s what 10 looks like: (OK, so it’s 9.93. Close enough.)
If you push it out to 45, you start to see more of the blur and less of the pattern. Plus, you get those white areas at the edges. This would work great if we were looking for motion instead of a fabric pattern. We need to minimize that effect.
“Direction to Blur” is a good spot to change the angle of the blur to match what you’re blurring. In this case, I chose to match the forward leg. So I tilted the blur at 45 degrees.
“Position to Blur” is useful if you were really blurring something in motion. Stick with “Front and Back” for now. If you switch to “Front”, you’ll get a white spot in the front. If you switch to “Back,” that white spot will be at the back of your blurry area. It’s not a good look.
“How to Blur” gives you two options. I prefer “Smooth” to “Box,” as it will cut down a tad on the halo effect on the edges.
To Sum It Up
You are not using the “Movable Blur” tool for the purpose its intended, so you’ll need to play with the settings to see what works best for you and the resolution you’re working at. It would probably have helped me here, for example, to have expanded the wanded area out a few pixels. That would hide more of that initial white area under the black ink lines. That’s something I’m going to try the next time I use this technique.
If you’re going for the Heather Gray look, though, it’s pretty easy and only a couple of steps, really. Give it a try sometime.
Here’s how the final image came out. Look for the speed drawing video and more for this at PipelineComics.com