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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

@ TUMBLR: puhatiikeri.tumblr.com/post/38…

FINISHED IMAGE: Female Warrior Fate by juuhanna
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djwagLmuffin Featured By Owner 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! ^^
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juuhanna Featured By Owner 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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djwagLmuffin Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll have to try this. I've been desperately trying to improve my coloring and I just...can't seem to get it. :( Thank you for your response.
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juuhanna Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
If you want to, you can stop by at my livestream someday and I can show you how I do it :)
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djwagLmuffin Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I get reliable internet I'll certainly take you up on that if you're willing. I'm striving hard to imrpove my artwork so any help is greatly appeciated. :D
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juuhanna Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, my LS is www.livestream.com/juuhanna , stop by anytime! I don't have any recordings yet but I try to stream as often as possible. :)
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SatoshiD Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
can i ask something ? ... what will happen to line art ?... do you change the color of it ? or you just lower the capacity ?

anyway this tutorial is so good .. it helped me to learn so many things ... thanks XD
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juuhanna Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I usually lower the opacity of the lineart 'till it looks good (usually 60~80%), and in the final steps I flatten the entire piece (greyscale+colors+lineart) and paint over the areas that need fixing, including the lineart. :)
And you're welcome! I'm so happy to hear it's been useful to you! :D
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SatoshiD Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i colored this with your tutorial .. any tips for me ? fav.me/d6h5knc
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juuhanna Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I left you a comment! You've painted the lines real nicely! :hug:
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