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Wave's Coloring Tutorial

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By suzuran   |   Watch
Published: June 14, 2009
© 2009 - 2019 suzuran
Follow along lineart: [link]

Special Effects Tutorial!: [link]
LineArt & SAI Tutorial: [link]

UPDATE 7/17/09: I added a shortcut to the "Alternate Method" for Preparing the Lineart (And elaborated on that a little bit) to the Table of Contents (The place where all the Red Buttons are in the beginning) This would most likely be targeted to people using Photoshop Elements, OpenCanvas---any Program that does not have the ability to split Channels.

I also added a section to change things back to RGB after the Lineart Preparation. This page is BEFORE the Flats, after the "Alternate Method". Thank you readers for reminding me to put it in :)

:) If this tutorial is helpful, please tell other people about it! :D

I finally finished it! The file is around 7 megabytes, but I hope it'll be worth the download! I kind of aimed it toward Beginners, but there's a lot of more "complicated" stuff in there too.

Use the LEFT and RIGHT keys on your keyboard to flip through the pages, and then use the UP key to return to the table of Contents.

IF THE KEYS DON'T WORK then just click on the image first and THEN use the keys.


You can view the picture I used for the tutorial here :) [link]
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750x600px 7.04 MB
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Jalsze's avatar
JalszeStudent Digital Artist
thank you for this c:
Azuria649's avatar
Azuria649Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was the tutorial that got me started on digital art back in 2012. Haven't stopped since.
tte1010's avatar
Thnks for this awesome tutorial!
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KierstenVioletteHobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial! Very detailed and helpful :) Would be lovely if transformed into video!
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TheNobleUniverseStudent Digital Artist
I am having trouble with the lineart part. It says that it detects no pixels. How can I fix that?
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suzuranProfessional Digital Artist
the lineart might be too light for it to detect! use the levels adjustment to darken them first :)
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TheNobleUniverseStudent Digital Artist
how can I do that again?
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NigelBrianMashupsHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this. I suck at coloring. I hope this helps me understand coloring more. Gonna try it on SAI. :)
EroAni's avatar
Where is the airbrush located in flash?!!!!!
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Megamanfan25Hobbyist Artist
Wow this tutorial helps alot!
Also I DIG your amazing drawing style! :D
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Harukaze8Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial, I learned a lot! Thank you very much!
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LaDanzaDelLupoHobbyist General Artist
Oh my...you're a genius! I've never seen a more beatiful ps tutorial. You explain everything. Thank you, very much!
Everen1999's avatar
I really love you.
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eastphoto99Professional General Artist
This is an extremely useful tutorial, thanks for the expanding action, I use that technique a lot but have never thought to make it an action.  Great job, you really did deserved the Daily Deviation on this one. Nod Clap 
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DashawnBHobbyist Digital Artist
This was extremely helpful! Thank you So Amazing! - Eddsworld Edd Icon 
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broqentoysHobbyist General Artist
not work on phone D:
chirunu's avatar
Awesome tutorial! Just a question though, do you do your shadings on the same layer as your base colours or on a new layer? D: Because you seem to change the mode from multiply to linear dodge depending on shadow/light shades but that would also make the base colour to change if you were shading on the same layer, isn't it?
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suzuranProfessional Digital Artist
oh, but sometimes I just do the shading by changing the mode of the -brush-, not the layer :D  It depends on how complicated the image is for me.   For this tutorial I was changing the brush mode! 
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suzuranProfessional Digital Artist
nope! :) I make a separate layer on top of the base colors! I never like touching the base color in case I mess it up @_@ 
chirunu's avatar
Thanks so much for your reply! Wow silly me, I didn't know you could change the mode of the brush @_@ That cleared things up heaps! I assume your separate layer on top is a clipping mask is it? :x 
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suzuranProfessional Digital Artist
yep!! usually if i make the layer into the blending mode, then it'll be a clipping mask up top :)!  
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This has been really helpful. Thanks.
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Douce-DemenceHobbyist General Artist
Thank you, it really help~ 
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eyyyy thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!
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