What I offer with this tutorial is the easiest fastest way that I have found to create shading. I am sorry but you will not be able to use this technique if you use MS Paint for creating your dolls. I am using PSP 7 but most all paint programs have similar features that will allow you to use the same technique. The process is exactly the same in Photoshop as it is in PSP. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and feedback is much appreciated.
The first thing that you need to do is choose your base and color palette. The palette should consist of at least 3 shades of the same color. Here I have chosen 4 shades of blue. You can find more color palettes here.
Next choose New Raster Layer from your Layers menu.
Now you will make an outline for your skirt using the darkest color from your color palette and select the outline with your magic wand.
Now flood fill the skirt with the same shade that you outlined with.
The next step is to go to your selections menu and choose modify/ contract.
Now set your number of pixels at 1.
Repeat steps 5 through 7 with the next two shades in your color palette.
That's all there is to it! I told you it was simple!