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TUTORIAL 2: Adding Colors by juuhanna TUTORIAL 2: Adding Colors by juuhanna
EDIT! HEY ALL! Since I posted this tutorial, I have changed by technique a bit! I have realized that it's better to use SOFT LIGHT-layer style for the color-layers instead of overlay! Overlay can be too strong and garish, using soft light layers and making many of those can give a much softer result! Sorry for the inconvenience, I'll be making a new tutorial sometime that explains the soft light layers!

Here's tutorial 2/3!
I hope I was able to explain how I add the colors. And if you need clarification on some part, don't hesitate to ask!

I will try to finish part 3 soon, where I will show how I start to actually paint over this base I've created.

I used Photoshop CS4 with Wacom Intuos3 for this.

The brush is Photoshop's standard hard round brush.

The lineart was provided by MeganeRid, go see his gallery for awesome drawings!

TUTORIAL part 1: TUTORIAL 1: Building the Form by juuhanna
TUTORIAL part 3: TUTORIAL 3: Overpainting and Finishing by juuhanna


FINISHED IMAGE: Female Warrior Fate by juuhanna
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7guineapig7 Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thx for this great tutorial, just one question: where can i get the color swatches you use?
juuhanna Jan 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I got the swatch from CGHub, you can download it here ->
7guineapig7 Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thx so much^^
Narzik Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't remember if I already commented on this, but figured I should if I didn't. This was really helpful - thanks so much!! Even though I only use Gimp, the method worked just fine either way. Made this using its help: Even though I am a million year late - thanks again! :D
juuhanna Nov 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's awesome to hear, thanks for letting me know - and good job with the painting! Also it's good to hear that the technique can be used in Gimp also. :nod:

Narzik Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Llama Emoji 03 (Sparkles) [V1]
ephemeryl Aug 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Really helpful and thorough tutorial, thanks so much!
juuhanna Sep 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Not a problem, I'm glad to be helpful! :hug:
djwagLmuffin Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a dumb question but...well, sort of question.

When *I* do this, my hard fought-over shading washes out after I put the overlay layer with the colors. How do you maintain the shading? How do you make the colors so vibrant?

This is the only obstacle keeping me from doing this technique permanently.

Thanks for your help in advance! ^^
juuhanna Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
As I build the color-layers I use a lower opacity brush; if you use 100% opacity brush it'll wash out the greyscale. Also, I've started to use more and more layers that are set on soft light instead of overlay. 
Also you can try to adjust the greyscale layer a bit darker with curves-tool to make the contrast show better under the color-layers. :) I hope some of those tricks help?
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