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Coloring tutorial by gabzillaz Coloring tutorial by gabzillaz
Damn, this is big.

Super big.
It took longer to upload it than to do it. :iconimseriousplz:

I'm doing this one first because more people requested it. But I will do a lineart tutorial too.

Hope it helps!

Elisa belongs to me. Please don't use without permission.


1) I made a mistake. The option is not "Combine Visible", it's "Merge visible".
2) The program I'm using is Photoshop CS3.
3) For those who asked, I did this with a mouse. I know it looks difficult at first but with practice coloring one character with this technique can take less than 15 minutes.

Para la gente que pregunto, si me queda tiempo, lo hago en español.

Sorry for the edit >__>
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DarkJanet Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorial. It helps me faster.
leeboykt Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, thank u so much :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) 
This is so helpful for me
Swanangel15 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for this.  The steps are easy and simple to follow.   I am SO going to try this.:happybounce: 
AchZozi Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
so cute
SleepingBlueSiren Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist
Thank you for this technique of coloring.. I really have no idea how to use photo shop but thanks a lot this. a big help to step in coloring. well thank goodness you use cs3 cause thats the only i have here in my laptop. hehehe.. other cs version are very heavy for my secondhand netbook.. ^^,
cassannder Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
I realize this is quite old and therefore you have a different version of photoshop than I do (and are most likely no longer even checking this account) - but my photoshop doesn't have a bucket tool? This is the entire reason I'm having a hard time coloring anything on photoshop!
Rosielis Featured By Owner Edited Feb 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
It's super big but super helpful :D thanks!
scofito Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
tonallifree Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
Muy bueno. Gracias :)
Jortegloria Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw really thank you!
Areiff Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Maybe is a stupid question, but how do you do the lineart? Vectorizing or...? I'm totally nooby on digital art! >.<
gabzillaz Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
In this picture I used the pen tool (Photoshop)

These days I do the lineart in SAI
glory-a Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really useful :D Thank you :D
Just a question, which tool you use to make the lineart?
sonrisita Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wanted to thank you for such a wonderful tutorial! Getting a tablet for the first time so I'm learning all sorts of stuff before I begin. :D 
marmo98 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Estaría genial en castellano, pero no te preocupes, está genial de todas formas.
Uzucake Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
This is amazing! But can I please ask what the heck do you use to outline drawings in photoshop? I cant figure it out! I tried the normal brush tool but its almost impossible, I dont get how people are doing is so smoothly and clean without a stabilizer! (Like in Painttool Sai) Ive been having this problem for a year now and I STILL cant figure out how ppl are outlining things so good in their photoshops, I doubt its my tablet.. (Which it is super cheap and half broken) Can you please tell me what tool you used or maybe where I can find some settings so that the outlining is more easier like Sai?
gabzillaz Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
You mean the lineart? I use SAI for that.
Uzucake Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Alrighty thank you! :^D
Master-Oresama Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
did you use paint tool sai?

gabzillaz Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
Not for this one
PHOENIX-201 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
en español, porfas 
eszter-garami Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
that really helped! thank you so much!!
Philiphe Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Muchas gracias! Es justo lo que estaba buscando!
ArtsyRosey Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!! I never understood how to use the lasso tool but now I do XD
escarter Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
por favor en español
JNinja4 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is some really helpful information, thank you!
HappyGirl282 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Super util tu tutorial! Mil gracias!
Aunque no me sale lo de usar gradiente XDD
VGAfanatic Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
I saved a copy of this onto my Flash Drive. I want to begin using Adobe Photoshop in the future, and this will help me out GREATLY. Thank you for this, on behalf of those who have taken this lesson to heart, which will soon include myself.
viluytomas Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
que lindo con que pagina le haces a la chica !!!!
Koipony Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
no es una pagina es un programa llamada Photoshop
viluytomas Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
muchas gracias !!!
Koipony Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
De nada c:
viluytomas Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
que lindoooooo con que pagina haces esa chica me gusto mucho !!!
DraconiaSilverwing Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I tired, but... [link] something went awfully wrong...
gabzillaz Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
What happened?
DraconiaSilverwing Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I'm not really sure, but it seems I messed up the layers or something... You see, I ended up coloring the skin and the hair in the lineart layer, but I imagine that can make things even more difficult. I still don't understand what I did wrong...
Besides, I'm really bad at using the pen tool.
gabzillaz Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
That happens, don't worry. Try creating a new layer and put it below your lineart layer.
DraconiaSilverwing Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'll try :)
PenguinsPlunder Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
very easy to follow, and nice for simple coloring and getting used to a new style. thank you so much! one of the easiest tutorials i've been able to find
chip667 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I never thought to use the lasso tool to select the area i wanted to color lo lthanks for the tip
Klain Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Found this VERY useful! I'm doing my very first deviation submission pretty soon, and you don't know how much you've helped! Thanks a lot!
NewCityScum Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is super helpful!! Thanks!
lilmissfashionista Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is really helpful!
BesuNony Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Interesting Tutorial. Thank you for doing this. I'll have to try this technique out sometime. ^_^ Thanks!
Re-man Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lorrain Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! I will use this. 100%. Thank you!
godisdrawing Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student General Artist
AvatarRikki Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student Filmographer
Thank you. I used this for one of the drawings I was coloring. I'm still getting used to coloring digitally and you're tutorial helped a lot! Thank you!
dorkad Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
god bless you girl have a nice spirit by the way
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