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Illustrator Coloring Tutorial
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By kheelan   |   Watch
Published: March 30, 2007
© 2007 - 2019 kheelan
This is what works for me and I tried covering all my bases, but if I missed something...or confused the blazes outta you, let me know okay?
I relize the file size is huge, so sorry if that's a problem.

Think of it as my way of thanking you guys for sticking around so long [four years, geez]....if there's any other 'How-To's you might be interested in, let me know and I'll see if I can help or not.

Forgive any typos...knowing me I'm sure there's a few.
And I have no idea why I started drawing Darth Maul...weird whim I guess.
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Cool stuff! Check out mine!!
Feel free to check out my latest.
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tincopper2Hobbyist General Artist
NOT PERFECT? Well it's damn well near perfect!
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UntoldPromisesStudent Digital Artist
WOAH! Amazing job! Thanks :D
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phoeniqxHobbyist General Artist
Omigosh this is so brilliant! I love the shading tips you had, thanks very much! :)) I'm trying to learn Illustrator and have been looking around for coloring tutorials and this one really helped. Thanks so much for posting this up! :)
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KebaSiRotaHobbyist General Artist
You probably posted this years ago, but I just found it today. I'm just commenting to give you a big THANK YOU because I'm going to put this tutorial to good use.
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LuigigurlHobbyist Digital Artist
itd be nice if you could link the inking tutorial to your picture in the description because I can't find it in your gallery :( Thanks :)
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Brilliant! Helped me a LOT and fast, thank you!
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ObscuroArcanumProfessional Digital Artist
This will be useful for when I get Illustrator. Thanks!
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putridCheeseProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks for this.... darth maul tutorial. :D
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FlowteauHobbyist Digital Artist
I don't understand how to subtract with the pathfinder. What tool do you use to trace the smaller shapes that you cut out?
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KirikaZukiiStudent General Artist
Ohh .

I'll try it

Thankss =D
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Charlie020691 Interface Designer
Hello, I'm trying out this program for the first time. As I'm an architecture student I'v inputted a pdf of a plan and now I want to fill an area. This method doesn't work for me because I don't seem to be able to draw straight lines... Are there a tricks for that?
It actually comes down to this: there's a non-closed area that I want to give a certain color. I'm looking for a tool to select that area with straight lines (not necessarily horizontal of vertical) and to color it...
Can you please help me?

(I'm sorry for my poor English)

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That's probably the best illustrator art tuto I've found yet. Others are just either too overwhelming or too quick to understand.
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arthuro12Hobbyist General Artist
I thank you a f**kload for this tutorial
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achazielHobbyist Digital Artist
neat-o. this will come in handy one day. thanks for sharing ^^
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I will be trying this out! Thanks :D
Weztphoto's avatar
Thanks! Illustrator is an Vast and sometimes lonely place :D Your tutorial is Great!
kennyportfolios's avatar
hey! i knda go ur idea and made 1 bt nt ur tute i jst lukd at it and drew :) [link] btw thnkx :)
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McBr33wtalHobbyist General Artist
Did you draw the "inks" in illustrator?
Thanks for an awesome tutorial! :)
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nice tut i think this will help me with a piece im currently having trouble with... thnx alot
puppetfangirl666's avatar
Thank you thank you thaaank you! I took a class on using Illustrator, but they never even mentioned coloring whole pictures in the program - they just told us to use Photoshop XD Anyway, this tutorial did me a world of good! Thanks again!
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ahhh this is great! i've been having trouble colouring in Illustrator but this helps alot! =D
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popzzProfessional Interface Designer
Thanks! Great tutorial! I´ve had a small war with Ai, but now it seems much easier.
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