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A simple almost step by step of how I go about colouring in photoshop.

hope this can be helpful to someone.

(there really is only those four main steps lol.)

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PSD file can be downloaded here [link] which can be used to break it down further.


P.S. I use a mouse now. I don't have a tablet anymore. I broke mine lol

Edit:

what I meant in step one is that I coloured the whole character in a SINGLE solid colour first, being brown this time and then locked the transparency, which is the little checkered icon in the layer window just above the top layer and below the blending options drop down menu. I then added the flats on top of the brown (same layer as brown layer). the reason for this is so that there are no gaps between colours.
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michael0118's avatar
are you using pencil/brush tool in ps for tracing all your lines?
btw tnx for this guideline!:thumbsup:
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nothing just scanned straight in and adjusting the levels to clean it up a bit.

how ever with this I didn't draw it, but you can usually tell if its pencil or digital and it was done in pencil and scanned straight in.

I don't go over the lines with pencil/brush/pen tool any more. takes too much time.
michael0118's avatar
in this artwork[link] can u define if it was a digital or just a scanned lines?:confused:
mandelak's avatar
looks digital to me. pencil lines seem to look a bit more scratch and less smooth. he would've drawn it traditionally and possibly used a wacom to go over the lines in photoshop
michael0118's avatar
got it!thanks :salute:
i was just new on making cellshading,and got troubled in my lines.[link] still practicin to make it perfect.
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awesome pic. if you adjust the level you can get rid of most of the light grey markings on it. and then I guess go in with an eraser. very tedious I guess. Another method is tracing over that image going over it nicely on a fresh piece of paper as clean as you can.
michael0118's avatar
thanks!my 1st option is to erase excess lines using eraser tool and my 2nd option is to use pen/brush tool?:? correct me if im wrong:)
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yep that's about right.

pen/brush tool on a different layer though
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RealKidKerrigan's avatar
Didn't know you were such a great artist! I'll be coming to you for the next QANTM student exhibition! Make sure you submit something when the time comes, hey??
mandelak's avatar
haha thanks I still have a lot to learn. When is that going to be?
RealKidKerrigan's avatar
next Jan most likely, like the last one
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JunBowman's avatar
So did you cel shade this with a combination of the lasso and pen tool? I just got into cel shading so i'm curious as to how you went about it.
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I did it using the polygon lasso tool only. pen tool and normal lasso tool are probably easier and faster though. I zoom in close so I can it on the lines.
JunBowman's avatar
Okay Gotchu. Thanx bruh.
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Much appreciated for the watch. Gotta return the favor. Yo gallery is inspiring.
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no probz and cheers bro means a lot
ishee's avatar
Cool Character ,

Is he a relative of sponge bob square pants ?
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I think its his cousin or something. wasn't listening when he was telling me lol. all I could do was stare
lacherokee's avatar
This is helpful. Thank you for sharing...XD!
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npz glad you like it
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Nice guidline design.
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