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Colour Dynamics Tutorial by shoomlah Colour Dynamics Tutorial by shoomlah
PLEASE NOTE I have not used this method for six years and do not recommend it anymore. It was interesting, but it's hardly intuitive.

I finally finished up the colour dynamics tutorial I had promised, now conveniently available as a Christmas present from me to y'all. Thanks again to Maddy for showing me what the hell paintbrush colour dynamics even are, and to Wicked Sairah for commissioning me. :D

Enjoy, and Happy Chrismahanakwanzakuh!
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Nuclear-Shrimp Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
even if this method is outdated, it's still interesting to see other approaches to the art! :3
sawamura-sama Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
again a very useful tutorial. I've been looking for this method of shading
thankies ^__^
shoomlah Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I haven't used this in like ten years! I would never recommend it.
boot-cheese-3000 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
now that's a bloody shame it is!!!!!!! old expendable technique that you made a tutorial for? please don't tell me you felt making this was a waste of your time.
franckmalfant Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
THX for the tutorial, really great work, I'm gonna try this as soon as I can.
Bagelbagel81 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
I didn't have a tablet and stil managed to create an alright illustration. (Doesn't have the pressure effect for shading but setting the brush style to Multiply created a similar effect).
Thanks for the helpful tute!
alabebop Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
This is great! Thank you~
Tried it myself:

multiclaws Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial! Helped me improve my shading skills a lot! :) Thank you! :heart:
Shrinkhead13 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
Great tut' ;D Just about to colour a comic sooo this is very helpfull ^^
cappuccini Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
very helpful! thanks a ton :boogie:
UltraTheHedgetoaster Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I don't actually use Photoshop, but GIMP - yet by following your advice, I realized the program actually had those functions too! ^^;
This might come in handy... Thanks for the tutorial! :)
MongrelTerritory Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Student Filmographer
So, one would need a tablet for this to work?? Well poo...
didac03 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
very useful, thanks man
Ophelion Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist
Thanks for putting this very simple and very helpful tutorial up! :D
LoserArtJunkie Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
Really helpful! Thanks a lot!
mkonstantinov Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
many thanks just what i'm looking for
Lorna-RoseFoX Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheers that helps heaps to understand ^^
AvengersAssemble Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Good tutorial! Some other people are marking stuff that really is more like a B-roll of their art as a tutorial(usually including a lot of bad spelling), with explanations that don't deserve to be called like that and skipping SO many steps you can't help but feel like an idiot.
But this was really good! Thanks
Freya-Silvermoon Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
This will be so much useful,thanks.^^
blakeleyborensart Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was a great tutorial to read through. I have always struggled with advancing myself in Photoshop coloring. This will help out a lot, I think. I'm going to incorporate this tutorial's instructions into the next colored piece I do and we will see how it turns out. Thank you for sharing this. Very informative and very helpful. (Regardless of how old it may be.)

Foloit Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
Love it~ Thanks!
aearthr Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very good tutorial.
I have learnt a new thing such as the lock transparency, different method for the shadow and highlight.
However, I don't understand with the colour dynamics.
Kinetii Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
Omg! this tutorial helps me with Colouring!
THANK YOU!! <<<3
Krismas83 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xSeraphym Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting style...I can't wait to try it out. :3

I usually pick separate palettes for each colour...this seems a lot more simple and equally, if not moreso, effective.
shoomlah Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, well- I haven't used this technique since *looks* 2005 for just that reason. :)

xSeraphym Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, wow, that's...a long time. 8D

I'm trying it out now - certainly not a technique for beginners. Hard to get used to...but it looks really good when it's done right!
rueyeet Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
Still looking for a shading technique I'm happy with...this is definitely something I want to try!
GreenSprite Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
OMG this technique is something I've always wanted and didn't know it exists (I specifically mean the colour dynamics). Thank you so, SO much!!! :hug::hug::hug:
kevinsano Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
press to lighten... press HARDER to darken!? I must try this... until now all I ever used color dynamics for was to add texture :#
Kyu-Chang88 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
Sweet baby James. This seems more helpful than some of the other tuts out there.
Stephanie-Chivas Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Student General Artist
Awesome tutorial, I'll need to try this style of shading and see what I come up with.
cayaa Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
Thank you SO much for doing this <333
Swii Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Thanks for this. <3
MaggithaMay Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This might be a stupid question, but is color dynamics available in Elements (specifically elements 3)?
Tatchu Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Great technique, I gotta try this out someday :D
Mindmusic Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I must try this someday <3
Marowen Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Using CS3 - and a Tablet.. can't seem to get my "color dynamics" to work, at all.. even on a multiply layer with color dynamics on (and shade dynamics off) - when I use my pen, it gives me a solid color.. I've experimented with it a ton, and it doesn't seem to.. well, I can't figure it out. XD
valchan22 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
This tutorial was extremely useful for me! I learned sooo much! thanks again!
digimonsterz Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
Awesome tutorial! I've been trying for ages to learn how to color my drawings without a tablet. This helps a LOT! Thanks so much!
shoomlah Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
How d'you mean? This is pressure sensitive, so I'm pretty sure it would require a tablet, unfortunately.

digimonsterz Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
aww, I guess I didnt look at it closely enough. It still is an awesome tutorial though, keep up the good work!
Swebliss Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Professional Artist
Hi! I have a question.. I did like you said in the toturial but when I "locked the trancparacy pixels" I coulnd't paint anything on my "final flat colors" layer.. And the layer where under the linework layer, not above.. When I tried there was no color showing:S But instantly when i removed the "lock" I could paint again. But then it went outside the lines.. What did I do wroing? My Linework layer dont have a transparant background but when i use multiply it shouldnt count? Im would be happy for some advice :) //Emma
shoomlah Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
You have to already have the basic outline of colour filled in, you can't just lock the transparency on an empty layer.

Swebliss Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Professional Artist
oooh.. thx!:)
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kovat Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
this is incredibly helpfull^^ thank you so much for making it!
manic-otaku Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
A very different way to what I am used to, it helped me try a different technique =) Thankyou!
Dalamar89 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008
I just love this tutorial, since I saw it the first time. Now I have a tablet and I've finally tried it! thank you so much for sharing it, the effect is wonderful *_*

here my first attempt with this shading: [link]
ec-blade Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
Very useful and helpful! :+fav:
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