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TUTORIAL: My Coloring Process by lauraneato TUTORIAL: My Coloring Process by lauraneato
Sai iz da shizznit : P

Dedicated to *New-chaossapphire who requested this of me.

I didn't go into details about the coloring METHODS... just the process involved. As it is, this took a crapload of time to prepare for you guys. I have an unusual way of working. I figured maybe some of you may benefit from it.

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Click here for the large finished deviation:
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Still interested in more color process tutorial? Check another former one I did: [link]
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IsaHyuga Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Student Filmographer
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Please!!!!!! :squee:
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Cheri-Chou Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
Okay, so I just tried this and realized I'd have to adjust the transparency of the grey layer. But the grey layer makes the colors beneath it dull..
I dunno..am I doing it wrong?
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lauraneato Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
This is an old process I used to do, but I do think that you were doing it right. I seem to remember this best working when I would duplicate the light layer and merge it with the gray layer, then multiply it. The colors will be dulled under the gray layer, but normal where the areas were white. Then you go in and color tint that gray layer to change the ambient light color influence of the shot. From there, you can go in and paint it getting lighter and/or darker by tweaking it. It basically acted as a first major step toward coloring with an airbrushed end piece. There's really a million and one ways to do something in Photoshop, and to be perfectly honest, my coloring approach changes per picture. I haven't used this exact method in a while. In the few years since this, I've modified my coloring process a bit, but I can at least say that I do believe you were on the right track, even though the gray dulled your colors.
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Cheri-Chou Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
Oh okay so it's a lot more than it looks lol gotcha.
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Cheri-Chou Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
DAAAUGH It's so easy
This has plagued me forever and now here it is and so easy!

You have a llama coming your way
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AshleeTheBrokenAngel Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I tried doing this, and when I did the skin, it was more grey looking then anything else. Also, everything was much darker then expected. I used both this tutorial and the one you linked...
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lauraneato Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
I realize that there are a few steps that I didn't include in there.... I guess it's not really meant to be a direct tutorial of how to do it, but rather a method tutorial, to show the concept. I would have to see the Photoshop file you have to figure out where the issue is that you're having.

My guess is that I didn't really tell that there's actually a solid fill of his shape behind him to separate him from the background. I also use a lot of multiply techniques to play with colors. A way to make the skin less gray is to put a solid color behind him, even white, to separate him from the background color.... It's a little hard to explain and I don't really know what you did... But maybe it's time I do put a real tutorial up at some point.

Thanks for trying this out though : ) I'm glad someone out there has been curious about my process. if you want a real 1 on 1, I'd be glad to teach you more about it personally.
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AshleeTheBrokenAngel Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I actually found this tutorial by typing in "Sai Coloring Tutorials" in the search bar and this tutorial was on maybe the third or forth row. I really like the idea of it and it seems like doing this would be alot easier then trying to find the correct color for each base to shade or highlight.

Anyway, I have photoshop but I choice to use Sai instead because I like the process of it more. I would really like to learn how to do this though and a detauked Tutorial would be lovely if you ever have the time!

Thank's again, and yes I wouldn't mind doing a 1 on 1 at all. I have a skype if you'd like to chat there sometime. I'll be sure to watch your dA. ((:
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lauraneato Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
I'm "lauraneato" on skype. just add me : )
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AshleeTheBrokenAngel Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay~ I'm "shii-chan2692"
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NordicAngel Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like something even I could learn. Good job!
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naz-lvn-DBZ Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
omg!!
i would have never imagined that omg baji laura!!! thats like the most useful thing ever
im so going to try that

woahh so u giving away ure secrets now?
what luck :D

i never even ever thought of using grayscale as a method o.O
thats so cool!

wow u put so much effort into your works!
i mean you can already tell form the outcome


and omg baji u even included how u sketched it!! thats reallllllllly useful!!!
thanks baji this reallly helps!!! :D
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YonYonYon Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
Wow! Great tutorial! ^3^ I hope it's help me....
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Gelz Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
The tutorial helps a lot. And Sai came out great! ^_^ Did you use a tablet?
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lauraneato Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
yup, an Intuos 3 6 x 11 inch tablet : )
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Gelz Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
k, thanks! ^__^
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VernaJast Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
This is honestly the best tutorial I've seen. Mostly because you showed the underlying process with the lines, as well as emphasizing lightsource, which is a very important part. Excellent work!
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zoharskarth Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008   Artisan Crafter
YAY TUTORIAL!
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sueblack Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
Sairingan :D
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lauraneato Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
ROFL SAIRINGAN XDDDDD YES!!!! <3 <3 <3
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Ilmadur Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
Uwaah!! Sai has Sharingan!? No way! x'3
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BekaDavis Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, I've never seen coloring like this and I find it to be very helpful. Thank you! :heart:
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JoeyTheMostAwesome Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I may benefit from it. ;)
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New-chaossapphire Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
thanks so much for doing this for me!
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genaminna Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
this is pretty darn cool :3 lol ;)
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CraigJonathonHill Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
this is awesome, i really like your method, i might try it sometime ^_^ *faves*
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mangonova93 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
you can't be serious *___* it's just so awesome
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Bura Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks~! ^^
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brumal Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008   Digital Artist
LOL, oh noes, Sai's gonna pwn all of us with his crazy Sharingan!

This came out pretty good, Laura! Give yourself more credit for it.
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haikoo-chan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think i benfitted greatly from this..lol with the porpotioning/rough draft area in it. thank you very much for the awesome tutorial! :D
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