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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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juuhanna Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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ephemeryl Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Really helpful and thorough tutorial, thanks so much!
juuhanna Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Not a problem, I'm glad to be helpful! :hug:
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! ^^
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?
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.
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 :)
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
juuhanna Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, my LS is , stop by anytime! I don't have any recordings yet but I try to stream as often as possible. :)
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