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Color Tutorial Part 3: Saturation and Color Mixing


Part 1 : Value - link
Part 2 : Hue - link
Part 4: Color Picking and Palettes - link
Part 5: Digital Coloring Method - link

Other Tutorials - link

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o2xy's avatar
Thanks for all these color tutorials, they are helping me a lot!
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AndresCuccaro's avatar
Wow, I feel like Neo after being awoken from the Matrix. "Why do my eyes hurt?" "Because you've never used them before". Thanks a lot for this! :)
SarahCulture's avatar
Haha! Thank you so much!
Foxilumi's avatar
Interesting tutorial. I have been kinda puzzled how to include gray and desaturated colors to my paintings. So this was helpful. Got some new ideas to try now. :D
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medicus-stellarum's avatar
Whoa...this has to be the most informative thing I've read in so long. Thank you so much for this!
SarahCulture's avatar
Thank you, I'm so glad you found it useful!
I am SO saving this
Myrieen's avatar
These tutorials from you are so useful! Thanks :hug:
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My pleasure! I'm so happy you find them helpful!
TastaturKatze's avatar
Oh my gosh, yes! Another tutorial! Thank you! Lovely Shoujo (Heart for you) [V3]
I already see quite some progress with my values, and colored shading, thanks to you. And I just started experimenting with your tips ^^
SarahCulture's avatar
I'm so glad!! Thanks so much for the sweet comment!
TastaturKatze's avatar
I have a question about multiple lightsources, though. (Based on Part 2)
For example, I have somewhat general blue-ish light from above in the night, and a bright, red fire that shines from one would you choose the general shadow? With a tint that goes away from purple?
SarahCulture's avatar
That's an excellent question. When you're working with two different colored lightsources you've normally already got plenty of color going on, so you don't need to push for extra color; just emphasize what's already there. Especially since, in your case, you've already got a warm and cool. Let the stronger lightsource (in this case the fire) be your primary lightsource, and use the color of the weaker or more general lightsource (the blue of the moonlight) be your shadow color. This picture is a good example of the kind of thing you're dealing with:
I hope that's helpful! Smile
TastaturKatze's avatar
That is very helpful indeed! Thanks again!

So I guess, under normal sunlight, you might expect blue-ish shadows from the sky (as weak, general light source) and a warm light color from the sun?
I mean, I know that I can play around with that, but that would be the general idea, right?
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Yeah, that's the idea!
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