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Coloring Tutorial (PS7) [Jun. 29th, 2006♥12:00 pm]
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Today I'll be explaining how to go from to

Start with your base and get it ready to work with - sharpen, soften, etc. I usually go to Image >> Adjustments >> Auto Levels, Auto Contrast, Auto Color, but this doesn't work for every base.

I chose this base from Monty Python's Flying Circus. It's nice and clean and has a fairly decent quality.

Now we'll start by duplicating the base and setting it on screen. It should be very bright now.

Now lets put a nice dark blue layer on top of it, set to exclusion. I chose to set it to #04163A.


The picture should be muted and yellowish now. Next we're going to add a tan layer on soft light.


It doesn't look very nuce right now. It's way too light, but we'll solve that in a minute. Next, we're adding a light blue layer on soft light.


Your icon should look very light and muted at this point. Now it's time to give it that bright, vibrant coloring that we're looking for! Copy-merge the entire image three times. If you don't know how, you press Ctrl+A to select everything and Ctrl+Shift+C to copy the entire image. Press Ctrl+V to paste it. Set the first layer to Color Burn. This was still too light and muted for what I was looking for, so I set the second to Soft Light and the third to Linear Burn. You may duplicate the Soft Light layer again if you want it to be lighter or decrease the opacity if you would like it to be darker.

>> >>

You can stop here if you like, but I wasn't quite satisfied. Go to Layer >> New Adjustment Layer >> Color Balance. I wanted to make my image less red.

The settings I used are above, but you can play around with them until you get something you like.

Still wasn't quite satisfied, so I added a Selective Color layer. I can't really tell you how to use it exactly, just to play around with the settings until you like what you get.

I wanted to make it just a bit lighter, so I duplicated the soft light layer from a few steps ago and dragged it to the top. This is also optional.

And viola! Beatuiful, vibrant colors!

[User Picture]From: londonesque
2006-06-29 06:11 pm (UTC)
Adding to mems.

I love that sketch, I'm always tempted to call Edinburgh "Endingbugger" ;)
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[User Picture]From: ladypolitik
2006-06-30 01:38 am (UTC)
Quite handy, thank you. Mem'ed it.
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