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 part 3:
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It looks fantastic! Great job!
Pure b&w can be used intentionally of course, but when it is used by accident it doesn't do the piece any favors most of the time. So they're not totally forbidden, they just should be used intentionally so that they support the piece as a whole.
I leave the greyscale layer on normal setting to the bottom and lay the colors on top of the greyscale, so all areas pick up some color. If some area looks too dull after the first color-layer, it's easy to create more soft light layers on top of the whole thing and add some more colors to whatever areas might need it. These days I have up to 10 color-layers, so I build up the color-scheme gradually.
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! ^^
anyway this tutorial is so good .. it helped me to learn so many things ... thanks XD
The mode and opacity I use changes and varies a lot, it's just a matter of what looks good really... but in a nutshell, and very simplified, I'd say that for greyscale I make
1 layer of flat medium grey on normal mode, 100% opacity. On top of it, three or four layers. Few that have slightly darker grey, those layers I have on multiply mode (for shadows, you can adjust the opacity 'till it looks good) and few layers for lighter parts (lighter grey on overlay mode layer).
Once the greys are done, I flatten them to keep things simple.
Then I add a new layer on either overlay or soft light, I usually start by painting some skin tone to it. As the layer is transparent, it will allow the shadows to show through, and I also use soft brush at this point. I make many of these layers, just overlay or soft light, and soft brush with 70% or so opacity, to keep things soft and not too refined. It's nice to let color-areas blend over the lines so the result looks more natural and not so paper-cutout like or anything. *__* And then once I have like... a dozen or so color-layers and it all starts to make sense in visual terms, I flatten the whole thing again, and make a new normal layer onto which I do the overpainting. As long as the layers are on multiply/overlaye/soft light, they will allow the shadows formed by the greyscale to show through!
PHEW! I hope that makes sense. It's a bit complicated to explain altho the method itself is easy, it's just... slapping transparent soft layers on top of each other 'till it looks good and then detailing and cleaning up. *__* If some part didn't make sense or I left something out, lemme know and I can explain further!
other than that I found this a wonderful tutorial you show each step and layer and that it can look really sloppy in areas but it will still turn out good. Most tutorials will seem to be miss some critical steps were suddenly their picture turns from amorphous blob to perfectly finished. That and I never thought to use a grey scale layer which I'm excited to try
Ja tällä tavallahan voi lisätä uusia kerroksia vaikka pohjalla olisi maalauksellisesti maalattuja kerroksia. Samalla tapaa kuin öljyvärimaalauksessa voi maalata ekaksi paksulla värillä ja maalauksellisesti, ja lopuksi vielä hienosäätää sävyjä ohuilla lasuuri-kerroksilla. Tämä on oikeastaan samaa meininkiä, mutta digitaalisesti.