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Illustrator Coloring Tutorial by kheelan Illustrator Coloring Tutorial by 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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basilart23 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016
Cool stuff! Check out mine!!
Feel free to check out my latest.
tincopper2 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
NOT PERFECT? Well it's damn well near perfect!
UntoldPromises Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
WOAH! Amazing job! Thanks :D
phoeniqx Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist 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! :)
KebaSiRota Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist 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.
Luigigurl Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist 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 :)
Red-London Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Brilliant! Helped me a LOT and fast, thank you!
ObscuroArcanum Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This will be useful for when I get Illustrator. Thanks!
putridCheese Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for this.... darth maul tutorial. :D
Flowteau Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist 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?
KirikaZukii Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Ohh .

I'll try it

Thankss =D
Charlie020691 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011   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)

spiritobscura Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
That's probably the best illustrator art tuto I've found yet. Others are just either too overwhelming or too quick to understand.
arthuro12 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I thank you a f**kload for this tutorial
faizrabbani Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
waw, cool :D
achaziel Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
neat-o. this will come in handy one day. thanks for sharing ^^
bbunnystudios Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
I will be trying this out! Thanks :D
Weztphoto Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
Thanks! Illustrator is an Vast and sometimes lonely place :D Your tutorial is Great!
kennyportfolios Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
hey! i knda go ur idea and made 1 bt nt ur tute i jst lukd at it and drew :) [link] btw thnkx :)
McBr33wtal Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you draw the "inks" in illustrator?
Thanks for an awesome tutorial! :)
nickvasko Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
nice tut i think this will help me with a piece im currently having trouble with... thnx alot
puppetfangirl666 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
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!
teastwood Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
ahhh this is great! i've been having trouble colouring in Illustrator but this helps alot! =D
popzz Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks! Great tutorial! I´ve had a small war with Ai, but now it seems much easier.
MCDSG Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
I enjoyed your tutorial and would like to put them on my forum!
you mind if I take this freedom?

Thank you very much!
LaraMuk Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
dude i been looking for easy to understand tutorials all over deviant art and yours are really nice to follow its nice and organized and helps an awful lot to an illustrator noob :D thanks a bunch
BloodRelic Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Student Digital Artist
very nice tutorial, thank you for putting this up :)
vexelove Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
Hi! Your tutorial is featured in our journal!
KidUgly Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
Thanks for the help!!
Sweet--Tangerine Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
You are amazing. Great tutorial really helped my artwork look less messy! Couldn't have done it without this tutorial!
here's my finished thing! thanks again...
Loverxxx Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Helped a lot, once again! Thnx a lot!
CheiroDePipoca Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
Amazing tutorial. I'm using Illustator for the first time and this tut is helping me a lot. Thanks!!!!!!!!!
i-hate-mushrooms Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
Very helpful, especially when telling where to activate multiply mode. =D
I've been trying to figure out how to set it to multiply for ages lol.
Great job with Darth Maul as well. Kudos to you man! :+fav:
Chouki Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
Wow thanks :D quite helpful :)
Madambond Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
Nice tutorial.
I've never really considered using blendingmodes like that in Illustrator. But it works like a charm.

Thanks for sharing!
ShootingMeteor Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008  Student
This taught me quite a few things. Thanks! I still find myself struggling with the dullness and complexity of Illustrator as compared to Photoshop...but this helped a bit. Thanks!
chunkbucket Featured By Owner May 28, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very helpful highlighting technique! i'll bet it'll come in real handy for a lot of people :)
Whimsy-Floof Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, when you know your way around illustrator, it is your best friend. =)
I know I use it for the majority of my coloring.
Although my stuff's not nearly this good. ^^;
aemb3043 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007
For those of you trying to master the pen tool I'm putting some pen tool tutorials in my gallery. They are very basic but should help you understand how the tool works.
zwie-back Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2007
I'm afraid now...
Awesome work! :nod:
TurokFreak Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2007   General Artist
very good
excellent tutorial
sakijane Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks a million for this tutorial. i really need it. Thanks thanks.. :hug:

kuronekosan Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007
I've been using illustrator for awile but this tutorial taught me things i never knew. Thank you so much!!:D
plutosenshi2002 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
Whoa! That's awesome. I had no idea Illustrator had this much potential. *hides the 'dummy' sign behind her back* :blushes:
whytdragon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
How to rock the world! Yeah right... :P

I should dust off illustrator and use it... probably my tablet too, the poor thing, though it makes this awesome coaster...
nezumiryu Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
Coloring in illustrator was something I could never really get a hang of. O_o I always exported my line art to photoshop. I'll have to give this a try someday.

Thanks for taking the time to make this tutorial :)
miserymirror Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
Covenant eh? He's one of my favorites.

Anyway, I've been trying to work with Illustrator in my graphics design class but it has got to be one of the most dull programs. It's probably that I can't make a lot of brush strokes, plus the program is a little uncooperative. But this is pretty damn awesome, and no doubt it'll come in handy.

Thanks very much for sharing!
avier Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Man, I attempted and failed at my only attempt at colouring in illustrator...

But what you have shown... much easier than the evil things I was trying. I think I shall de-abandon my poor program and try again :P
kheelan Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
I feel your pain..believe me...I hated this program for years!

And I felt really stupid after I figured this method out...all those hours of painfully trying to master that pen tool, I won't say wasted per say, but sadly not needed.

Good luck if you do try again!
ArkillianDragon Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Woot- I've never coloured in illustrator before- I usually only use it for speech bubbles and stuff. doesn't look too bad ^^ I don't know how everyone will be with grasping paths though- I never really picked them up myself... They do all sorts of weird things to me >.>
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