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Tutorial- Comic page Colouring

Wed Nov 7, 2007, 3:35 PM
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TUTORIAL

This is a very quick tutorial i gave just as note to someone, I will post it and if you have questions I will answer. This tutorial is assuming you know something about Corel Photopaint or Adobe Photshop, however what i will say in the tutorial can be done with one or the other.

(We are going to assume you have in front of you a comic page scanned @ 300DPI with both BG elements and characters either inked or cleanly penciled. Make sure your lineart is on a separate layer either as just black lineart or turn the layer on multiply <------if you found that confusing, then this tutorial might be too advanced for you)

1) Colour all the sky elements, or in other words all the furthest elemnts in the panel first.

2) On another layer flat out the buildings (that means block them in in a single tone, so the wall light brown and window blue etc nice and tidy), leave the moutnains for the sky layer.

3) over top of that flat layer for the buildings, create a new layer. Turn that layer on to 'Multiply'

4) Being shading the BG, use your flats to select different areas. For now use only grey, no colour in that shading process. So you can mask the windows for example by using 'magic wand' on the mask tool and shade on that region.

5) Once you ahve the whole thing shaded, create a new layer, and turn that one to 'Screen', this will be your highlight layer. keep in mind we have not touched the characters yet.

6) Add highlights here and there, keep in mind you light source. Highlights go over top of the lineart layer (which can be on multiply as well).

7) Remember to save often. Now start 'Flatting' out the characters.

8) same process with multply for shade on new layer and highlights on new layer.

9) After you are done that, with the mask tool select all the skin colours. Go onto the multiply layer, and colour adjust the shade layer so that red is + 30 and yellow is - 5 on those sliders. The skin should have more of a glow.

10) You can go back to your BG shade layer and do the same thing to those shades.


This is the easiest and quickest way to attack this page, and i think you can acheive alot with this technique. i have been using if for years.

Good luck!

OMAR

Asalaamalaikum = Peace be upon you!

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Rikyo Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
This tutorial is great man. Also wanted to say that your process in the back of the Capcom/Udon Street Fighter book was very in depth and informative! Its greatly appreciated! my painting process is similar..(somewhat) but i still need practice.


anyways, alot of great work of yours thru out the book as well!It was a worthwhile purchase!
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lilAURONgirl Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
Hey, quick question: what size paper do you do the initial penciling on? Does it matter? I know that the whole page would have to be reduced to be in a comic, so what size paper should I use so that on the computer, when I reduce it and stuff to get ready for printing it wouldn't be pixilated or something? Maybe it's a stupid question.... I'm new at this!
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lilAURONgirl Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
Hey, quick question: what size paper do you do the initial penciling on? Does it matter? I know that the whole page would have to be reduced to be in a comic, so what size paper should I use so that on the computer, when I reduce it and stuff to get ready for printing it wouldn't be pixilated or something? Maybe it's a stupid question.... I'm new at this!
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TwilightTuason Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007
k
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awgie Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007
awesome stuff...do u have a preference of photopaint vs. photoshop?
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savagesmith Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the help. :love:
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Asterisks Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so Cool! You explain things very well.
It's really very nice of you to take your time and help out others this way. Now if I could think of something to try this *excited*

thank you
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luckydragonbb Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007
once again thanks.
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jbn Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007
This is precisely the type of thing people should write tutorials on. Feel free to share more wisdom :)
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Zalude Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007
can you tell me a bit more precisely how you make the skin seem more glowy?
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Professional General Artist
1)For your base colour, pick a peach colour if the colour of skin you are going for is caucassian, and if it is more brown then pick a reddish brown. Try not to make the colour you pick to saturated, you can even just 'eyedropper' a colour of anexisting piece you really like. If you do this, don't pick from the shaded area, or the highlighted area, rather pick from the most medium colour you can find on the skin, the mid tone.

For example, the colour of the skin on that 'Karin Coloured' pic, is R:255 G:226 B:195.

2) Here is one trick i did not mention, but you can do this for an advanced approach. Create a new floting layer under your existing shade layer for the characters. FIll that new layer in white. Slect both the Character shade layer and the white layer and combine them. Turn this new layer to 'Multipy' so the dissappears. I will explain latter why we do this.

3) Next the shade, what i do i is mask the skin area, and then on the Character Shade layer (which is you followed the above example should all be in greyscale) tint the greys. When you have alll the area of skin selected, go to 'Colour Adjust' and simply tint the colour to a more reddish hue, for example on the sliders Red : + 35. Do this for the Highlights, Mids and Dark tones of the grey scale. Then repeat this Colour adjust except this time only allow it to affect the highlights, and move the sliders to this: Yellow -7

Play around but this I exactly what i do, the reason we made the shade layer have white for all the blank spaces is so that even the highlights on that shaded layer could be tinted,. If we would have left it so that it is just a floating layer of greys which are you shade, it would not have affected the areas without shade.

Sounds simple, it took my stupid ass years to figure that out.
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Zalude Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007
I'm really glad you answered, most top artists like yourself do not bother.
Shukran yaa akhii... (arabic ¬_¬ heh)
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BOCKSCAR Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Yes, Save often with different title. Been a rule if your Computer crashes often or in case you wanna change something in your art later.
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elaszer Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
aaah... right.. i must keep my patience in control..... >.>, lol i always rushed right in to the characters.. hahah i have to fight the temptations.... thank you for sharing your work process.

:)
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zJoriz Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007
Thank you for the tutorial! Gonna try that soon... :)
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SpiderGuile Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, it's pretty cool to help us!!!
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hyunit Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*bowing with respect*

THANK YOU!!!
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hi-i Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
so you basicly shade all in greyscale? Or just with greys? Then add color later? Is that what your saying?
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Professional General Artist
Your avatar intimidates me, he's yelling and pointing!

1) Shade in grey on a layer that is set to multiply.

2) go to you flat layer where you have set you base colour for the characters

3) Select the flat skin colour, and go back to the shade layer

4) Use colour adjust to aswitch the colours and tint the shade.

Hope that helps
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hi-i Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
OHHHH, thanks, an no need to feel intimidated, I'm not as good as you...yet...
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kevinqagoncillo Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
Wow :D this will really come in hand for all our fellow comic artists out there!

Thanks Omar ^_^
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TheALVINtaker Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Does deviantART allow faving of journals? 'Cause this is a must-fave! :salute:
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HarleyTheProdigy Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007  Professional General Artist
Out of many, your the few that's always helpful to teach others Omar. Thank you very much.


Malika Salaam
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Professional General Artist
Glad to be of service!

Walaikumsalaam
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diaboso Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
happy 250000
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cottonwings Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
wish that it can be "picture-ized"!!! XDD
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magneticrain Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
thank you forever man!

to have a tutorial from a so great artist is a bless!

walaikumsalaam!
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Guidotoon Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
I'll try to use it for sure. But can we have other information? For example, what brush? Hardness, opacity, flow etc...
Thanks for your art! :worship:
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Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Professional General Artist
Your choice, play around and try different things
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Guidotoon Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007
Thanks! ^^
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the-wandering-artist Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007   Digital Artist
dang... only if there was a way to fav a journal....
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ZIX89 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
thabks a bunch omar!
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Rampsizzle Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
Sweet, this'll definitely come in handy when i start learning how to color. Ya should put all these tips in a news article that way everybody could refer back to it.
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Mangamad Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting. I may try that out sometime.

Thanks for your tips, Omar. ^_~v
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RoninsUltramix Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
Wow! Dude. Thank you again. Hehehe! Your awesome!
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vatenkeist Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
x3 jazakumullah ahsanal jaza ..
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:iconomar-dogan:
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007  Professional General Artist
Walaikumsalaam!
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NappShafter Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
Here is my method!

(1) Draw on paper

(2) Scan

(3) Color in Photoshop

TA-DA!

But I think yours might provide better results...
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:iconomar-dogan:
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007  Professional General Artist
Keep it simple.

Next time i will post yours, its basically the same thing!

(I didnt even say draw on paper!!)
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NappShafter Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
Heheh, your silly! I like the cut of yerr jib!
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darkknightstrikes Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I`d really need a good coloring tutorial. I liked this one, but I like more to color characters (damn backgrounds, lol).
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BossyGirl Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This is too cool! If I become famous like you, I'll send u a gift/ :D
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mightymangler Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
more POSITIVE in your thinking:
WHEN... WHEN you become famous...
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BossyGirl Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah true dat. *shakes ur hand* thanks 4 that. :D
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mightymangler Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007
any time. ^_-
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sircrackpot Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
Thanks for the tips!
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MichaelCrichlow Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
Interesting. I may use it. Thanks! :D
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