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Colouring tutorial by Red-Priest-Usada Colouring tutorial by Red-Priest-Usada
Ok. Maybe it's not a typical tutorial since I didn't discuss many aspects but I wanted to make it comprehensible. Sorry for any mistakes- it's my first tutorial.
I focused on my own way od colouring. Of course it's not like 'must be"- everyone has its own way and the secret is to find the best solution for yourself : 3.

To be honest, my colouring skills were influenced by various artists, especially from dA. I learned a lot from :iconshilin: (soft shading) and :iconyumedust: (skin shading , making the seperate hair strips) and from Ciel ( colour schemes and shading). I was taught many helpful things by :iconradittz: (photoshop tricks).
I owe them a lot :heart: Thank you Girls *bows*

I hope you will find this tutorial useful. I showed you how I shade skin, hair, clothes and how I match the colours and textures.
It's not a tutorial for the very beginners- to understand it you have to possess basic Photoshop knowledge.

To get a bigger version click on the download button on the left

Many thanks to =anikakinka for beta-testing <3.

I also recommend these tutorials:
- soft shading [link]
- textures [link]

If you need textures then please type it in your Google search and you will find a lot of useful sites. There are also some great textures made by dA users.

If any questions don't hesitate to ask :]

[link] TUTORIAL: Cleaning Pencil Linearts
[link] TUTORIAL: Drawing Hair
[link] TUTORIAL: Basic Drawing Tips
[link] Editting Scanned Drawings
[link] Marker Tutorial- Part I
[link] Drawing folds and frills in women's clothes
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:iconann47:
ann47 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018   General Artist
useful tutorial!:)
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:iconfracedo:
fracedo Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
thanks for the tutorial!
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Beholdentolove Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the way you draw flowers! So beautiful and whimsical!
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TheMoonPicnicSociety Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
What brushes do you use? :)
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Red-Priest-Usada Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Recently I do not colour in Photoshop because I don't like its brushes. I prefer Sair because there is a marker, brush and watercolour brush which blend colours nicely.

In this old tutorial I was using a soft round brush with low opacity in Photoshop.
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TheMoonPicnicSociety Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ahh, I just switched from SAI to Photoshop because I got sick of SAI's crap memory usage and lack of filters. But thank you! You really helped me!
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firestudy Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
THANK YOU SOO MUCH~

can I ask you a question???

How do you separate the hair from the rest of the art work???
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Sugary-Stardust Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Looks wonderful; thank you so much! I'm hoping to try out a new style of art. :)
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xXTwinkerXX Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is awsome, pretty drawing, oh and you helped me alot with that turitorial :aww: thanks~
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Red-Priest-Usada Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
You're welcome!
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xXTwinkerXX Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
besides, you did a awsome job on this :aww:
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Red-Priest-Usada Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Thank you : )
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xXTwinkerXX Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome
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PinkuValentine Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for posting this <3
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Nekocin Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
Wow. Thank you for the tutorial.
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YKajitaka Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I was SO hoping you had one like this, and YES YOU DID. You're awesome. XP My linearts are finally starting to improve... but my coloring hasn't matured, since I haven't been working on it. TT_TT Thanks for your tutorials; they're always so amazing!
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Icepearl14 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this is old, and you're probably wondering why im commenting, but I have a question :D

The main thing I'm trying to figure out is how to color lineart and to make the colors blend. Do you know?

By the way, great tutorial!:)
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IagoCampos Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Nossa, esse tutorial me ajudou muito. Muito obrigado!
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SeraphineKH Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
which color did you use for skin? cause im nt sure which shade is the best :P
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Red-Priest-Usada Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
I use different colors for a skin- but it's something between light orange and red.
The easiest way to grab the color is to take a picture where you like the skin tone, open it in Photoshop and use an eyedropper to get it.
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SeraphineKH Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
what is your base color for skin?
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Raw-J Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the help, very complete
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Red-Priest-Usada Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
You're welcome : )
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:iconelderweiss:
Elderweiss Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Student General Artist
VERY HELPFUL! Thanks!
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Red-Priest-Usada Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
You're welcome :]
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ChocoHeaven Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! its so pretty >.<
It's very helpful.
do u use a tablet? unfortunately i dont have one so im wondering if i'll still be able to colour like that? the hair looks difficult...
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Red-Priest-Usada Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Yep, I'm using a tablet. I thinks it's still possible to do it with a mouse but it's definitely more difficult.
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ChocoHeaven Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
cool! :D thanks
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TiffK Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
yay this really works =D
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dead1bunny Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Student Artist
wow!!!

thia was really helpfull!!!! thanx u so muchh!!!! >.<
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:iconlitansan:
Litansan Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
good tut :)
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:iconpii3z:
pii3z Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Student Digital Artist
thank you very much for this tutorial. >.<
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krazykate1 Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
thanku ^_______^ can't wait to try this out!
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RayneRyuu Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
Very beautiful, and thank you so much for the help! ^^
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Lucyan13 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
Wow, really amazing!! Congratulations.
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Dragonblade99 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010   General Artist
This tutorial is very helpfull... will follow. :D
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izzyannie Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wait! I have another question I forgot to ask! Uhh.. When you colour in your background with only the line art,the colour of the background will fill in the space for colour of the skin and dress and stuff (before you put in your base colours) so when you start colouring in the base colours for skin and stuff, the colour will turn out darker than the colour you want it to turn out. How do you make sure the colour of the background won't effect the colour of the skin and everything at the result?
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Red-Priest-Usada Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
umm... I hope I will be able to explain it clearly ^^;. First, I make sure my lineart is clean and there are not any grey spots here and there. It is perfect if the lineart is only white and black. Then, I duplicate the layer with my lineart so I've got two identical layers with the same lineart. I put the "copy" into a multiply mode.Next I create a new layer under the "copy" layer and start colouring. It is essential to put the layers with colours under the "copied" layer with a lineart set into multiply mode. Basically, my layers are put into a following order : lineart> background colours> skin> clothes >hair> lineart "copy". That way I do not have a problem with colours of different parts of the picture mixing with each other.
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Dragonblade99 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010   General Artist
Very good... this is usefull...
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:iconizzyannie:
izzyannie Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so..did you rub off the background colour in the figures?
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izzyannie Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Umm.. Mind if I ask something? When you start colouring it in, is yr layer set on normal mode or multiply?
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Red-Priest-Usada Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
I set it to a multiply mode :]
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:iconizzyannie:
izzyannie Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh.thanks!that really helped!heehee
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shiimoo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
So pretty!! Great tutorial!! I love the way its colored! :)
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HanaChips Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
Thank you for the tutorial! The recommendations were pretty helpful as well! =D
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mhawnick001 Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
Awesome! :D

- 100th comment for you.
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sadistic-is-pleasure Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
you've just shown me something that i've been dying to learn for so long...you made it look so easy...thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial...
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Red-Priest-Usada Featured By Owner May 29, 2009
I'm glad you found it helpful :]
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sadistic-is-pleasure Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
im improving now...its all thanks to your help..thanks alot..
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