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Colouring Tut Part II by wyldflowa Colouring Tut Part II by wyldflowa
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Ohohohooo~ Second part. A bit more fun this one. :D

Umm umm... the same shiz as last time - comment, send notes if you're unsure of stuff. I'll reupload if the jpeg compression is a problem. Please do not edit or redistributeee outside of DA. This tutorial and that character are copyright to me so hands offfff~


PS: Check out the changing tracks in Winamp - I need some music taste lessons post haste! O_O
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AlianaFireheart Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will admit I thought the elf was girl at first... My mistake. But thank you for both tutorials. They're going to help me a LOT.
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Toph-Zuko Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
very nice! this is really helpful. i dont get what the big deal is over hte fact that he's a guy whose wearing pink and has the senibility to wear his hair up. i know guys that wear tight stuff like that and if they were to grow their hair out would probably put it in a ponytail. alot of peps need to be more open with these concepts...
oh well great tutorial, if you dont mind be asing what flow and opacity settings did you use, i have PS CS2 so we dont have many pre installed brushes
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amyroseforrealz Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
This is the best tutorial I have seen so far while searching colouring tutorials. I might try this tutorial once my vacation has finnished. If I do use it, should I give credit for the tutorial? I might change a few things to fit with the Sonic Style.
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InsanityAndSugar Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008
You have no idea how much you've helped me!! I've seen other tutorials, but they just wind up making me even more confused. Thank you soooo much!!
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demmac Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
Sooo helpfull thank you very much :aww: !! ^^
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Copkid Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007
SUPER helpful~!
Thank you so much c:>
<33
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Pyore Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007
YAY :) Very nice tutorial...i learned something O_O thaaank you *favit* ^^
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T-s-u-k-a-s-a Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
Very nice tut!! I really need to learn to colour... This will help me out!

P.S I see your listening to The Pillows.. I have like, all their songs cause of FLCL..
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Inuyashsgurl101 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007   Interface Designer
ohhhhhhh daft punk! yay o__o sorry
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meowmeow16 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007
Thank u so much for this tutorial!! I am so pathetic when it comes to adobe photoshop ><
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Meawsy Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007  Student Digital Artist
I LOVE CARTOON HEROES XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
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tsukinohoshi Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2006
WOW! This was a great tutorial, it helped me understand where to put shadows and highlights just from looking and reading at the instructions. Thank you so much for making this, because before I didn't have a clue about cging and now I do! It really helped me a lot and I think my cging skills are going to get better because of this. YAY! ^__^
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deathofthefrog Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006
:O that's super-userful.

but how do you get your brushes to be pointy at both ends?
mine are always totally round.
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alienkabalien Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
:w00t: Thats a great tut! And I have the photoshop version as the one in the tut, so IT ALL MAKES MUCH SENSE! Thanks for sharing it!
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DragonOfHeart Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2005
again, thank you! gotta say, they werent so big, to be that big, if you understand me... whatever
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Samika Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2005
This was super helpful~ Ima stalking you now. XD
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toia Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2005  Student
yay i finally got to read your tutorial :excited: its great :D so many helpfull tips. ill keep it in mind next time i color. THANK YOU :heart:
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EntityBlithe Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2005
Hello!!

Your tutorial is just awesome so far! However I have some questions because IA m confused with a few things… ^^;

1) 200dpi how exactly do you get to that? (I know that’s a really novice question but that’s what I am in Photoshop. I am novice version 6.0 s seeing how I know Photoshop bit better than I did 5 months ago ^^;)

2) I understand how you duplicate your pic and make “Background Copy” and then you make a new layer and put it on top of that and color in blobs of white and all that but when you go to “layer” on the top tools not to “Image” and do Contrast/brightness? Do you do the whole brightness/ contrast to your at all before hand to the first copy?


3) How do you merge the two layers? If you merge “Background Copy” with your “Blob” Layer than you have “layer 2” left that’s on multiply and on top of “Background” right? and that’s all you have? When I use the polygonal lasso tool do I do all this in “Layer 2” that’s on multiply?


4) With the brushes is it necessary to create a new one? And the one that you created it’s for soft coloring of the shadows on the skin right?


5) Do you do all your shadows in the same layer where you did the basic skin color or do you use another layer? Because that’s what I do.

Can I use this method on my realist drawings? This is the pic I am working on right now…but I might re-scan and do after all the advice telophase gave me.

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What do you think?
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EntityBlithe Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2005
Hey! It’s cool! I wasn’t able to come online for a few days now. Things are chaotic lately…^^;

1) Ill check my scanner out and chance the settings. And I have a tablet… I never re-size my pics until I am done and ready to put them on DA…


2) Lol! Sorry! Ill explain it better… basically I was asking about that blank layer you inserted and made those White circles. The whole inking process. Your method seemed a lot easier ..requiring only a few layers and merging than using the brush to paint over the lines. Does that make sense?…lol.


3) I got that! Thanks! Ill check it out later and see if I can do it.


4) Ill make that brush! Lol.

5) Ill try your method on it and see what I get….but yeah, I am pretty comfortable on separate layers… I thinks it’s because if I mess up I can just delete the layer and start over.

Awesome! A lot of people have recommending me to use Painter… I think I am seeing how they’ve said it’s exactly like drawing only um in the compy ^^;
And Ill work on it! Using different shades of colors…Thanks! I really appreciate this! Is it alright if I note you if I have any more questions or I get stuck doing something?
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wyldflowa Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! Sorry if I've made you wait for a reply~ I've been at a convention over the weekend so I'm a bit fritzed. e_e Oh god and sorry if I made things confusing (urgh, I'm so dumb)... I hope I explain this good...

1) There are a couple of ways to get 200 DPi - the first one (probably the best way in your case) is to scan in your image at that size. Most scanners have a setting for the resolution of the image you're scanning in which can be changed. I can't really give any more direction than this... but there SHOULD be somewhere you can change the resolution settings. The other way is when you create a "new" image in Photoshop enter your image size in metric units (cm, mm, inches - you can change this by using the drop-down boxes on the right-hand side of the boxes you enter in the numbers) then there's a third box you can enter a number in that controls the resolution (it's best to set it for dots/pixels per inch as that's the usual standard). This way is only good if you're going to be drawing your picture straight into the computer (like with a drawing tablet). Scanning in an image then resizing it to fit the page won't work! >m< You're pic will go all blurry and nasty.

2) I'm so sorry, I'm having a little trouble understanding your question... ^^; I don't change the first scan at all (that is the original "background" layer). Just in case I change my mind about anything and want to go back to the original image. If this isn't answering your question I'm sorry! >_<;;;

3) Oooh~ You merge layers by... well, make sure you're on one of the layers you want to merge then, in the "layers" window next to each layers there's a little eye that makes the layer visible/invisible. Next to that on the right is a little empty box. If you click on that box a little thing that looks a bit like a chain (?) appears there. This means that the layer you're on and the layer with the little "chain" are now "linked" (you can "link" as many layers as you like together - "linked" layers will also move at the same time if you move the layer and will "free transform" together). When you're done this go to "layers" at the top of the screen and near the bottom of the drop down it should say "Merge Linked". Click on this and all the layers that are "linked" together will become one layer. :3 Sorry I didn't explain this! It's just one of those things I expected most people to know (urgh, I'm so presumptuous). You use the polygonal lasso tool on separate layers for each colour underneath your lineart layer.

4) The custom brush I made is only really good if you have a drawing tablet. ^^; It's just useful to create so that you don't have to change the settings everytime if you want to change to a different brush. The one I created I used in different sizes throughout the image. :)

5) Yes, I do all of the shadows on the same layer (this way, if the layer is "locked" you won't have to go round editing out all the bits where the shading went over plus it seems to blend better for some reason). I used to use different layers for shading though and if that's what you're comfortable with keep doing it~ This tutorial is just a sort of guideline. ^_^


I should think this method *could* be used on realistic drawings if you wanted to give them a cartoony look... the biggest thing to remember when drawing realistic stuff is the number of colours in shadows - in this tut the colours I used are VERY basic (each shadow is just a darker shade of the original colour) but if you look at photos and thing skin real life you'll see shadows on skin range from brown and yellow to purple and grey. It's difficult to portray but your pics will look a lot more "real" if you try to stick in some different colours apart from peaches, pinks and browns~ :)
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sylverwind Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG you are a genius. :glomp: In the event that I ever get, you know, Photoshop... and a decent mouse and/or tablet... I am totally coming back to this so I can color right! :floating:
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sylverwind Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG you are a genius. :glomp: In the event that I ever get, you know, Photoshop... and a decent mouse and/or tablet... I am totally coming back to this so I can color right! :floating:
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wyldflowa Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You might be able to get photoshop through a download (but it's a bit risky @_@) but this method should be able to be applied to other graphics programs to some extent... as long as you remember to use the highlights and shadows in the right places it should be okay. :)
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sylverwind Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm I do have a couple other proggies... I'll have to test them out. but I do still have a twitch mouse atm. As in, my pointer likes to pretend it is randomly magnetized and attracted to several corners of my screen at once. :cries:
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hybred Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2005
ooh, great tutorial! i think it can help with my own colouring cuz I seriously need help with that! great work, and thanks heaps for this!
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wyldflowa Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problems! ^^ I'm glad to of helped. :D
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the-ghost Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2005   Photographer
Im a little past this level of photoshop so it didnt really help me...but it is an extremely well put together tut :)
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wyldflowa Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I probably made this a bit simpler than I should of... ^^; I'm just a bit afraid of people not understanding things~
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the-ghost Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2005   Photographer
simple is good ...
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Chairoi-Kami-Lynn Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2005
AIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE shnrf *MAAAAAAAAAD GLOMPS* :heart: you just MADE MY DAY because of this, mad my DAY! eeeeeee *hugglegleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewuvvs* eeeeee @w@ gaaaahahahaha yooouuuu! *points* THANK YOOOUUUU!!! *hugglesquee* :love: geeeeee!



....Uh... ahem.. *cough*.....got a little overexcited there :XD: but stillthankyousooooomuchomucho :heart: your tutorial just helped me do shading for once. KiCK ASS shading. ON METAL. eeeeeeeee :glomp: thankiethankiethankies! *zooms off* eeee
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wyldflowa Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Squeeeeeee~~~! :glomp: I'm so glad to of helped! :excited:

This is all just little things I've picked up about tones, shadows, brushes etccc and I'm real glad they can be applied to other stuff (like METAL! I've never coloured metal properly in my life XD maybe I should have a go tooo!)
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KazeMasamune Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2005
you, my lady, have an EXCELLENT taste in music
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wyldflowa Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You seem to be the only one who thinks soooo~ ^^;
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grey-goblin Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2005  Student
This is extremly helpful! Thank you!
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wyldflowa Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem. ^_^ I'm glad to of helped! :D
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isays Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2005
horray, ive never tried that contrast thing. ill haffa give it a go. ive always just done it logically, the surface facing the furthest away from the light is the darkest, and shadows cant be darker than it.

what do you use to blend the shades? smudge or do you just go over it a bunch of times with a low opacity brush, or what? did i miss that part? >< lol.
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wyldflowa Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No no no~ That's what I used to think until I actually looked at shodows and they more often than not are lighter than the shadows that are close to the lighter parts because of reflected light~ Just try looking at photos and things... or your own hands or something and you should see what I mean. ^^

To blend I did go over and over pressing lightly on my tablet so lowering the opacity is pretty much the same as that. Sorry it wasn't too clear. >m<;
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isays Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2005
hmmmm, well i guess i need more than one source of light *is looking at hands* ah well;p.

and ill have to try that. ive done somehting like that before, but it didnt turn out that well lol. im gonna have to give it another shot;p.
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shadowbucket Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much *tears of happiness* you've really helped me out so much! Usually, when I color, it's more of a random 'splatering' than a constucted layering-type thing. Now I have more of an idea of how to get my full-color works to look better ^____^ Thank Yooooooou!! ^3^
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wyldflowa Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The first time I coloured in Photoshop it was a mess of filters and the burn tool used EVERYWHERE. >m<; It was horrendous! But using separate layers will keep everything nice and orderly and will prevent you from shading into the wrong parts. ^^ So glad this has been helpful~~~ *huggles*
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halflight Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2005
w00t, this was amazingly helpful! I shall bookmark to use when my scanner gets going~ *kicks scanner* >.>;
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wyldflowa Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww~ I'm so glad this was helpful. Darn scanners give everyone so much trouble! >_<; *joins in kicking*
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mumpo Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so useful! I could never figure out how to do soft shading in Photoshop xD; Yay! :+fav: and I'ma save this onto my HD :D Thank you so much!
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wyldflowa Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wouldn't really call it soft shading... it's sorta like smudgy cel-shading or something. X3 Thank you for the fave! :excited: :hug:
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ReiDavidson Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Yay I feel like I've learned something! O-course I have my own methods, but I'll definately be incorporating some of these in.

*takes note and raises a hand* Sensei! Is your lineart done strictly with a pencil or a pen? Either way, how do you make it look so perfect? @_@
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wyldflowa Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:clap: Yay! As with any tutorial though - if you copy it by the letter it's not your own work so it's probably better to give it your own twist. ^_~

I did my lineart by... um... I sketched out the picture in Photoshop with my tablet (so that I could resize it big as I have a habit of drawing reeeeealy small) then printed it out and lightboxed the outlines in pencil only (can't use pen; i r retarded). :3 They're far from perfect~ see how much work I had to do on them? urghghhh~~~
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ReiDavidson Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
I was playing with your hints for 3D looks and though I haven't gotten it to the point where it's safe to use in finished pieces, I'm finding it uber helpful. =3
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DumbStudent Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2005
"His"? I have no words at all for that! I can't really comment on the deviation itself, not being an artist, but it... looks helpful! :D I honestly don't believe anything with that hair is straight though!
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wyldflowa Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahahaaaaa~ Go see the completed deviation then! XDDD

I've got another one with him in but ur... not being uploaded today! (the male watchers sigh with relief)
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Heretic-warrior Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2005
"(the male watchers sigh with relief)"

well, whatever floats anyone's boat in clothes taste and hairstyle, its still a guy in the end ne? :giggle:
thank you for this too (posted comment on first part too, but thought i might as well comment here ^_^) :+fav: *saves as*
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