Introduction: How to Shade in Medibang

Today, I'm going to be showing you my preferred method of shading in the program 'Medibang'. I'm on a macbook, the layout may be different on mobile or PC.


You're going to mainly need these four brushes, set to the sizes you need.
- Pen

- Airbrush

- Smudge

- Blur

Step 1: Color

I've chosen a portion of a lineart that I dew, and colored it a flat grey. I have marked where I have two layers. My flat color is on the bottom one, and the detail I'm going to show you is on the top layer. Always make sure you have 2 separate layers for this method.

Additionally, I have the 'details' layer set to Multiply. This makes it much easier to figure out what color to use for your shadows.

Step 2: Airbrush

This is where I grabbed the 'Airbrush' tool. I set the intensity to 20%, and the size can be as big as you need. I colored in where the shadows go, leaving it as that. This step is honestly the easier one, you just need to figure out where your light source is to make sure all your shadows are consistent.

Step 3: Smudge

This one can be either really fun or really tricky. Sometimes both. I set the intensity to 43%, which you can adjust how you think it needs to be but I always start at 43%. Go to where the Airbrush ends, on the long side and do a sort of short, shallow zigzag to blend the colors out. You can also do circular, but your goal is to, well, smudge it! Just do what feels right, It'll look great!

Step 4: Blur

Final step! I had my blur initially set to 56%, but after starting to use the brush I realized it was too high and lowered it to 37%. Play with it, see what looks right! You can set the size really high here and do a quick few drags over the color, which blend it into the base color and make it look really realistic.

Tada! And thats the easy way to shade your artwork using Medibang! Hope this helped!