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Mini Painting Tutorial by juliedillon Mini Painting Tutorial by juliedillon
Oh my gosh, it's a dopey coloring tutorial! As if there weren't enough already on dA. ;) If anyone is curious, this is pretty much how I've been working lately. I would have uploaded this sooner, but for some silly reason I chose to use a commission image and had to wait a bit before I posted it publicly.

Oh! And this was done in Photoshop. But you can do the same thing in Painter, too.

The actual image was made for Dungeon magazine, issue 148, I believe. :)

EDIT: Some additional notes:

*You can use this method with full scale illustrations, not just portaits. It can be a little tricky figuring out what colors to use in the Overlay layer, but it's still a good quick way to get your overall color scheme worked out and (most importantly) unified.

*You don't have to start with green. Any darkish color works well. And if you don't like it, you can always change it very easily. Think of the Multiply layer as just your underpainting. Whatever color you choose, it's going to look weird until you start painting on top and bringing out the midtones and highlights. But that rich underpainting will help make the colors on top pop out that much more and saves you some time as far as figuring out your midtones and shadows.

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KensMullet Featured By Owner Edited Mar 9, 2019
Just getting back into using Photoshop for Illustration and trying a more painterly style than my old "line and fill" method. This is one of the most useful tutorials I've seen and I love the result, thanks juliedillon !

Have you done any other tutorials? Would be really interested to see how you utilise these techniques on a larger scene. 
Kearow Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sooo much ! Also when I saw the character I thought that he looked like Scrooge would look like at the end of A Christmas Carol. Anyone else ?
Bellisaurus Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2017  Professional General Artist
This is really cool, thanks for sharing!
KaNoir Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
this is the tutorial I've been looking for all this time, thanks!!
Hysteria-Inc Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so useful!! I've been looking for a way to get away from using line art as my crutch for actual digital 'painting' styles but its been so hard trying to just start over without a simple tutorial. lol I'm lazy like you in that i don't wanna do line art just to help the bottom painting look ok...and THEN actually start painting.  This has certainly earned my watch and favorite,keep it up!!
lenetta16 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel like there's something missing in this tutorial because I did everything but meh. The top layer covers all the red and tints and everything. More steps would've been a big help, even though this is an old tutorial
Lazarustart Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
that was a special brush or something....? :O
Sanguithar Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks really helpful, thanks!
OhMyHippogriff Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this was really good. Thanks for this!
KyprinusKaprio Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015
This was so cool to a fellow learning lazy "painter"! this is so cool 

how do you get the skin texture to be like that?
OnTheMountainTop Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
See this is interesting. I usually work in reverse, with the sketch set on multiply over solid layers of color and a dodge/burn mask set on overlay over the color. It gives it a kinda cartoony look that I like, but now I'm gonna try this way and see how it turns out.
lynxcho Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I was searching for something like this, my workflow is a mess right now. This is amazing!
WaLLYtheRabid Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist
This was super helpful to me.
Colanah Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This might change my life coloring wise...and also save so Much TIME!  Not to mention layers.  *flashes back to 100+ layers in individual folders*  Tempted to go back and redo many a color piece trying this.  Thank you for sharing this!
SoftCloudProject Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great!Thank you. -3-
YourArrhythmia Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
this really helped me alot! thank you so much
Anikin-Skyhugger Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's still a bit rough with the layers and the different styles (multiply layer, what?) but It's still helpful for a ps-starter. I guess. Maybe. We'll see. :'D thanks!
Meylin-tyan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's awesome! Thank you!
I'm painting in SAI, and most Photoshop-oriented tutorials don't work well for me, because they recommend using complex layer modes and filters I don't have. But yours is really simple and with stunning result! Will try this today :)
KhloodPinky Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
undeadmonkey88 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just what I needed to help get me started in painting! Thanks for this.
Ilunami316 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
ImagineAkira Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist
Amazing *^*
IslandxInxThexSun Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting tutorial!

I didn't think to utilize layers like this.
Astrikos Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is awesome!
Osinafan Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you ^^ 
LarissaMarantz Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very helpful tutorial. Thanks for posting!
PaintedParrott Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
very useful tips about the layering. I've been moving towards that on my own but it's nice to have it all spelled out. Thanks! 
ChelloShot Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional Filmographer
This is great. Thank you. I will be referencing this later today!
Gargartha Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've shared your tutorial (and credited you) on my website and within my publication. Here are the links:……

Thanks for the wonderful work you share!
oivertwist Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
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bblue2011 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
i have used your process again here:
bblue2011 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
i used your process here:
bblue2011 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
this was really helpful thanks!!
jeffreydcostales Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for this. It is really amazing! One question, how do you set the layer for the highlights? (thin lines) Is it on SCREEN or HARD LIGHT? Thanks :D
White-Noizz Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student General Artist
This is AMAZING! I never thought to color like this!
DenNami Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ty for this, I've used it to color my last two paintings [link] and the fox one. ty agiai!
murasakimochi Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad I found this! I'll go ahead and try this out. Thanks for sharing!
ArtOfWarStudios Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome Tutorial! I used it to practice painting in the Procreate ipad app for this.
FOERVRAENGD Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
You know, the first time I stumbled upon this tutorial a few years ago (I think around 2008) I didn't understand how you got all the colors to work at all. It didn't look as good on my own painting as in the tutorial, but now when I have grown a bit (and also learned a lot about such things as values and color theory etc) I actually think I get this technique now. I'm going to give this tutorial a second try ;)
Meemzer Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
This is so helpful! Thank you! Recently, I have been trying to develop my own way of digitally glazing over a black-and-white drawing, because I always struggle with values when I move to the color phase. I have been fighting with PS for a few weeks trying to work it out and haven't had much success. (I'm Photoshop retarded, I spend more time arguing with the program than painting.) Thank you so much. I'm sure you get lots of comments on your work, but I just wanted to let you know I appreciate this tutorial you made.
EisArt Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
very cool method... I will def try this out... tnx!!!
Riemea Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this awesome and super-helpful tutorial! I featured it here :)
mattiuw Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for the tutorial! very usefull!
kineticrogue Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Super useful! Thanks for posting!
KatyCrash Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you so much - great, easy to understand tutorial on a technique that does wonders =P Cheers!
tillianCatcher Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorial.

Here's my result of trying your method out: [link]
TheOtherMichelle Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
FriendlyHand Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wonderful and informative, Thanks!
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