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Color Environment by tigrin Color Environment by tigrin
so I guess KH2 doesn't actually come out until today (3/29)... with an entire evening of wasted time ahead of me, I spent about six hours on this. =| it's the tutorial I had been planning on making after the "Drawing with Sincerity" tutorial. I'm not even sure if this makes much sense. I wrote it in a bit of a daze. but besides dynamic posing and characterization, color environment is about the only thing I can technobabble about.

Summary: This tutorial will teach you what color environment is and how to manipulate it in your work. The tutorial covers why balance is important to a piece and how to integrate colors in a piece. It also covers the basics of color temperature and how to apply it to a piece.

I'm very exhausted. I think I'll go eat something now. I aplogize for the size of this tutorial, both in height and file size. since this is a tutorial with an emphasis on COLOR, I had to keep the quality as large as I could. I also would like to apologize to *jennadelle for using her photo of a glowstick. it's a good photo. did I mention I'm tired.

what's really funny about this tutorial is that I took a class in college last semester on color theory. didn't learn jack from it, except that I loathed oil paint. everything in this tutorial I've learned from an article I read sometime in high school (I think as a sophomore or junior) on color temperature, and from studying *balaa's art (I don't know why, but way back when she was primarily at TLKFAA, the way she unified color in her pictures was like a divine revelation... this girl is god of color environment, and she's really successful because of it). this tutorial is really in response to all the idiots out there who have ever made a "how to color in Photoshop!!11/" tutorial, and told people to shade with black and highlight with white, or use the dodge and burn tools. to all those people: I hate you. please die.

Further Reading:
Color Temperature - This is a very technical article about color temperature, or "white balance", mostly geared towards photographers. but it has those nifty graphs.
Punchstock - Source of all the photos... stock photo websites are nice if you want to portray a certain environment, and aren't sure how it might look like in reality. references are your friend.
Color Theory - Your Wiki rundown on color theory. Rejoice, rejoice.
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Xunau66 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Spectacular Tutorial! I love the visual examples of each light type and how and when you might use them. Thank you for taking the time to make this.
JustLetMeSleep Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Haha, for a color environment lecture the background color sure is dull...
Anyways, it was well said and put together. I learned a lot! ;)
tigrin Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:T It's the color DA used to be. But glad you got some use out of it.
JustLetMeSleep Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
Ahh, that's what I get for not finding out about dA earlier! I apologize for that. :)
meganbednarz Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010   General Artist
Something is wrong with this now... when I click to view, it doesn't go to the full page. Maybe it's some problem with DA7?
tigrin Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It works just fine for me. I sometimes get this problem with deviations. You may need to restart your browser or something like that.
meganbednarz Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010   General Artist
Maybe so.
Cae0402 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Just download it :)
meganbednarz Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010   General Artist
Heh, it works now for some reason.
amiliucoolio Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
thanks for sharing. :)
Rainy-tastic Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
This is really cool! C:
I was wondering about lighting for when I begin to practice shading.
This is really helpful! 8D
Thatonegirludontknow Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This was very very helpful! Thank you so much.
Hikaru-ki Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
Just passed by and found your explanations awfully useful! Had to fave it :D:D
tigrin Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Glad it was helpful! :)
phersopiers Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, thank you! :) I have learnt a lot from this.
Saelyra Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
Awesome, I've been looking for some good color theory tutorials to link people. Normally they just seem to focus on picking schemes rather than actual lighting and such, so this is a nice gem to find!
kalbojehki Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
thank you <3 just what I was looking for
Pentamerone Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Student Filmographer
Thank you SO much for this D: I've needed to learn this stuff for ages but have never been able to get my head around it! You've helped me improve vastly XD
Doujinshi-Ka Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
Thanks for sharing! Awesome turorial!!
k-times-two Featured By Owner May 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
This is awesome. :3
genehayes Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Very helpful. :D

I love all of your tutorials! Can you make more?

Great work. :)
tigrin Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Professional Filmographer
I would if I had any idea what to make them on. ^^;; But I'm glad you found this helpful.
AmuletDiamond Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
useful. B) thanks.
xTainted-Halo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
Awww it's adorable!!!

This helped me quite a lot...I was just whining about my lack of knowing how to color earlier XDDD

I'll be able to mess around with photoshop when I get hom then!

Thanks a bunch 8D

And I like fluffy and blue haha
Evelwyn Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008  Student General Artist
KilledRaven Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008
thank you! :heart: I'm seriously thankful to people who have opurtunity to study art and who spread their knowledges with people who.. don't have that change.

Thank you, again! people like you make my day (:
tigrin Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Glad you got some use out of it! :D
cibex Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008
This is VERY helpful! Thanks a lot for making this!
meganbednarz Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008   General Artist
I actually attended a lecture from the head lighter at Dreamworks animation last week and this is actually a great summary of a lot of what he said! Good job pulling it all together!
tigrin Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Woah, really? That's pretty cool... kind of interesting that a lot of stuff I picked up is what they actually use in the industry. 8D Thanks!
meganbednarz Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008   General Artist
Well, it all comes from Physics, you know? If your work is based on the real world, it tends to look better, I think. Anyway, good job with the tutorial! I like the diagrams especially.
Dragdar Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008
Awesome tutorial! I always knew environment is important but gotta learn to use it properly.

Thank you.
apinkjellybean Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
I love this tutorial so much that I've read enough times to realize your last statment of it is wrong cause it says that the highlights and shadows of both warm and cool light are the same haha. Just thought I'd point it out! :heart:
tigrin Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Ah geez, thanks for pointing that out. This thing seems to have a number of typos. @__@
Ragetti Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008
Very nifty! And very useful. Definitely going to be using this~
antlercat-anon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
A very helpful tutorial.
Lighting is something that often confuses me :)
SilverblackBattlecry Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
Woah! I noticed this, but I've always wondered what it was called. I always referred to it as "blue glow" or "the color of the air". Thanks!
Ak4m3 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
Very helpful!
Oblivious-Rain Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007  Student General Artist
Very useful! I love tutorials like this. :)
goodmode Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Extremely helpful to me! I'm going to *try* and do some Christmas-themed work soon so this is a real help when it comes to snow... xD
slipperydonkey Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
Short, simple and sweet.

Nambroth Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007  Professional General Artist
I'm late to the party, but thank you. No just, thank you. So many people disregard this part of lighting/color theory!
tigrin Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007  Professional Filmographer
*blush* You're welcome! :) I hope people get some use out of it.
ElfoXiaolin Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007
I love you this much
tigrin Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Wow, that's a lot. o.o!
ElfoXiaolin Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007
thanks for doing the tutorial T3T/
ZappyWolf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007
This is really, really helpful. Thanks for making it!
akiko-sama Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007
thanks for the tutorial... it helps out really much!
thanks again
HanaNikko Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
I'm glad that there's someone who thinks putting black on shading sucks. I'm taking an illustration class and the professor is teaching us about color consistency in class. We're currently doing the dreadful color grid, and my professor always emphasized that putting black on the 10th scale out of 10 value scales isn't the most intelligent
was to approach color. This tutorial reminded me of that so many times that its been drilled into my head so deeply my ancestors can hear it. lol

Anyway, sorry about the babbling, but I think this tutorial is incredibly helpful, especially for starting artists and alike. As for me, I have trouble with color alot of the times and I never had a basic knowledge of how to manipulate color as well as I like. I think this was a very informative

Love to you Tigs cause you know your shit
atomicfairy Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for your tutorials!
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