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[stuffAEAmade]'s New Color Tutorial




I have a new way I CG now, the old way I did (A Method of Coloring) takes longer than I like, and makes things a little too smooth for my tastes. :P

I have Photoshop Elements 2.5 and a tablet, but this should work on most programs. Just adjust the pressure/opacity on whatever brush you're using to about 70.


Step one as always is setting up your lineart. I open up my scanned .tif, duplicate the line layer and set to multiply. Delete the old layer and you're ready to begin.

<img:stuff/darcg01.jpg> Isn't he adorable? ^^


Okay, now we lay in our flats, the base colors for each area. Usually I make a separate layer for each, because I am a messy artist. With this piece, some things can be clumped, to make going through layers easier. Mine are as follows--
ink
hat/belt
hair/pants
shirt
beater
skin
The eyes will be placed in as I get farther along. :D
Also, don't worry too much about little white spots near the lines. We'll cover them as we paint.

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Pick an area, and start shading. I tend to just use the Airbrush drop shadow brush unless I'm trying to create a texture.
I start with lowlights, and then do the highlights. I also create a little pallatte with the tones I use for easy refrence. :)

<img:stuff/darcg03.jpg> And just keep on with all your layers.
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Alright, I've got everything but the shirt rendered, but I'm going to do his eyes now. Make yourself a layer and zoom in really, really close.
Then lay in you base color.

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Now, airbrush in lowlights and highlights. We want these eyes to shine!
On the lowlights, I paint around the outer edge of the eye, and around the pupil. I removed the black and put in the darkest blue I used instead.
For highlights, lighten the area of the iris between the pupil and edge.
You can also add shineys and any other little effects you like. I draw a dark cresent around the pupil on many of my eyes.

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Okay, now everything is painted. Now I go through and clean up the lines and make any additional adjustments to the image.
Basically just smoothed areas where white blips were still showing.

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Now we need some manner of background.
Just slap in something with gradients and patterns, and viola! instant pin-up. :P

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<img:stuff/star6.gif> Using soft-edge brushes and a low opacity will allow for a lot of blending.
<img:stuff/star6.gif> Painting is good. Try to use color, not just dodge and burn.
<img:stuff/star6.gif> Paint big, if your computer can handle it. Things will smooth out with the resize, and you don't have to go in with such tiny brushes.
<img:stuff/star6.gif> 300 dpi is good.
<img:stuff/star6.gif> Save often. It hurts when you loose hours worth of coloring.
<img:stuff/star6.gif> Going to test something? Make a back-up layer first, especially if you won't be able to undo all the changes.
<img:stuff/star6.gif> Make sure your lines are closed, and convert them to pixels using threshold. Flatting becomes a breeze.
<img:stuff/star6.gif> Whenever you find yourself in front of a mirror, study the way light and shadow wrap around things.
<img:stuff/star6.gif> Experiment. Happy accidents happen. But save often.
<img:stuff/star6.gif> Don't expect people to tell you exactly how to paint your image. Use your imagination.
<img:stuff/star6.gif> Warm light, cool shadow. Cool light, warm shadow.
<img:stuff/star6.gif> Backlighting + secondary light sources. Try it.
<img:stuff/star6.gif> Warm up a bit, and relax. Take a break every now and then. Keep your wrists loose.
<img:stuff/star6.gif> Save. Like every 7 minutes.
<img:stuff/star6.gif> Avoid pure white and black. Everything has some color to it.
<img:stuff/star6.gif> Start with the background, if applicable.
<img:stuff/star6.gif> Practice, practice, practice. Mad skillz don't show up overnight.
<img:stuff/star6.gif> Learn from your mistakes.
<img:stuff/star6.gif> And remember to save.



See what happens when you practice?

<img0*150:img/drawing/22011_1155271473.jpg> August 2006 <img0*150:stuff/darhugpainting.jpg> December 2006


<img:stuff/star6.gif> Elftown Tutorials. Good stuff.

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2006-08-11 [Zab]: Neat! :P But I have a question.. why don't you use ''lock transparency'' when you shade? Wouldn't that help so you don't have to clean all your 'mess' up afterwards, or is there a special reason for it? :P

2006-08-11 [stuffAEAmade]: With my flats, I usually end up with little transparent blips that I still need to cover up. But that does sound like an easier way of doing it. I'll try that with my next CG. :)

2006-08-11 [Zab]: Ah, okay:P Because it looked neatly colored from the start..x) I just find it easier to color the white/transparent stuff.. on the other hand I always miss something. x)

2006-08-11 [stuffAEAmade]: I use the magic wand selector tool, and sometimes it doesn't go right up to the edge of a line. However, clean-up's not that hard, I just use it to select the outside of the lines and delete all the messy strokes. Until I run into gaps in my lineart anyway. xP

2006-08-11 [Zab]: Oooh..clever..XD I've gotta try that..

2006-08-11 [stuffAEAmade]: There, now we have each learned something new. Mission accomplished! xPP

2006-08-11 [Zab]: Yay! *toodles off happily*

2006-08-14 [eyes of frost]: Now we need to know how to do backgrounds. *tapping foot patiently*

2006-08-14 [stuffAEAmade]: I have to teach myself how to CG a decent background before I can write a tutorial about it! :P

2006-08-20 [eyes of frost]: Well the one up there looks pretty damn good to me. *Still tapping foot*

2006-08-21 [stuffAEAmade]: It's just a toner pattern tinted blue and set to multiply with a gradient on top... or was the gradient set to multiply... Hmmm. =/
But, that's all it is. :)

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