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Tutorial: Coloring Over Your Lineart


Watch the Full Free Video Tutorial HERE

In this quick tip tutorial, Tim Von Rueden goes over coloring over your lineart. This has been requested multiple times and I would like to show you one way of going about coloring over your lineart. This can be very intimidating for some, especially those who feel very confident with their line art but feel when they add color, it ruins the concept altogether. So below is a quick step by step that goes along with the video tutorial.

My BIGGEST advice is to be confident. You may have strong lineart so compliment that with even stronger shading techniques. The more comfortable you become with this process, the more versatile artist you will become! Just remember to keep the lineart separate on it’s own layer so that you can lay the base colors UNDER the lineart layer and then create layers ABOVE the lineart layer for coloring!

Citizen members can download the HD video along with the .PSD file from the tutorial!

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kitoral's avatar
super helpful and easy to understand - thanks a bunch for making this!
Ardnomnom's avatar
Omg I saw your video of this before I saw the deviantart post and i was looking in google images and saw it and was like WHAT I KNOW THAT PIC AND ARTIST XD
DionneMars93's avatar
Say i'm curious; how do u color over the lines when it's already on the background? (like I scanned something that's been inked)
Pachumaster's avatar
I'm not cg cookie but you can adjust the contrast (filter->adjust->levels) then errase the white colour
Jennyliino's avatar
oh....this looks useful... I CAN'T WAIT TO TRY!
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Mama-Chocolate's avatar
Trying to do This- Critique requested (015) by Redundantpig
So I attempted and got frustrated.
So if you'd kindly tell me where I went wrong that'd be great. lol
TreshLA's avatar
but what brushes to use?
CGCookie's avatar
Just the standard round brushes, but soft-edged and normal. You can grab them here…
Emi-Star's avatar
omigosh, I've been having trouble with shading and I instantly remembered this tutorial from long ago.. YES I FOUND IT <3 so helpful~
milaink's avatar
looks great! thanks for the tutorial! SO MUCH LUFF 
DarinHuddy's avatar
:D (Big Grin) Nice work! Thanks for sharing.
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Amethylia's avatar
Very useful I used to color under the lines and not above... So I wasnt really satisfied of my result because it didn't look realistic with the black lines, thank you ill try this next time :)
cherie-stenson's avatar
Thank you so much!!!!😀
HenryWardsworth777's avatar
Thank you for this resourceful tutorial and keep up the good work!
Kotarow's avatar
THIS! I was looking for this for a lifetime.
AmberwingKnight's avatar
Good tutorial. Quick tips and it makes sense. Thanks!
Usogami-Kun's avatar
Thanks, it`s very helpful
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