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Color the Alexds1 way by shingworks Color the Alexds1 way by shingworks
Finally, that coloring tutorial I was supposed to get around to and didn't until now. This is the same sort of coloring I use as a base for my ~NoSelfControl art. For the record, the art in this tutorial was entirely colored in Photoshop CS, but will work for any type of Photoshop or program employing layers. Also all my post-drawing work is done with a mouse, so mostly anyone can do this sort of coloring if they want. Also note that you can go a lot further with this "style" if you want, its a good launch point for more complex coloring.

Hope this is helpful to someone!
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:iconrainiila:
Rainiila Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Helpful and simple 
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Rainiila Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Helpf
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nimer Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
At the end you said you can color the lines if you like. How do you color them once they're already drawn? Basic question I'm sure, but I still can't figure it out without having to either redraw them or lose their smoothness... :c
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triplecrane Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you're using Photoshop, there's a little button you click on a layer that locks transparency, which means anything you do will only effect what's already on the layer. In the layers window, there should be a row of small icons next to where it says Lock under the drop down menu that. It's the one that looks like a checkered square
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Kerevon Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Thank you so much for this. One of my greatest weaknesses in my own work is my inability to do digital art, and most of it was the coloring. This should be fairly helpful. :)
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hanan109 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
What would you personally recommend for highlights?
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shingworks Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
In what sense? for colors?
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hanan109 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Uh, yeah. Do you just use more of the dodge tool?
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shingworks Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well, you can. The best way to do it is to think about what color you expect to see, then try to match that color. Barring that, the dodge tool is a good starting point. Play around with the highlight/ midtone options to see what they do.
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hanan109 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Alright, thank you. And for shadows you just set the layer to a lower opacity?
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shingworks Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You can, but it's better to choose a color (red, blue, purple, etc) and try out some of the blending modes like multiply and overlay, etc. You can play with the opacities on those as well, and see what looks best. You can get some nice color combos just doing that.
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itland-9-13 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, this totally helps! Thank you very much =)
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hanan109 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Really great!
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MilitaryMulle Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you think you could make a shading tutorial, I really love how you're colouring "The meek" :D
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shingworks Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Maybe one day :3 I'm a bit too busy at the moment though.
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Rockfield Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
nice tut, jus think he have big titis man huhaaiuh
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MilitaryMulle Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a girl
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Lil-el-art Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Thank you for ALL your tutorials. I'm finally getting back to my art after many years in the wilderness - and many of the technical instruction books are so dated and old fashioned. Thank you for sharing your invaluable time and amazing talent! :heart: :D
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Puddum Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, this seems really simple and effective. Super helpful tutorial bro! :thumbsup:
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Nepeta-Chan Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, on my program it has settings like "Luminosity, Normal and Burnout" do you know what it's meaning by that?
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shingworks Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Are they layer blending options? Or brush options?
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Nepeta-Chan Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
They are on "dodge/burn".
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shingworks Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, well for those you should probably just try each of them out on a bunch of colors and see. Usually they are enhancing something... in photoshop, for example, there is "lightness" "midtone" and "darken" for both dodge and burn. That means that the dodge or burn will work at the upper, middle or lower part of the color range and enhance that. The only way for you to know for sure is to try each of them out and see which effect looks best to you.
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Nepeta-Chan Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright I will, thank you very much.
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SteveLeCouilliard Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
You should collect these tutorials in a book. I can't tell you how many godawful "How to Draw Comics/Anime/Fantasy" crap books are out there. You actually know what you're doing and are good at explaining it.
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Aenigmatista Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Nice one, boss :D
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shingworks Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thanks :)
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Epifex Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Student General Artist
Your art is really awesome! But I'm slightly confused, what did you mean by "where the shade layer interfaces with the base layer"? I don't really get what you meant by "interfaces with", if you could explain that would be really helpful thanks X)
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shingworks Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Sure! It just means at the part where the shading meets the base layer. If you look at the picture 4 compared to picture 3, you can see that I'm using the burn tool on only that area of the shadow layer, so it looks darker right at the border.
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Epifex Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Student General Artist
But, assuming that by "base layer" you mean the original base colour, surely the entire of the shading layer meets it, as it is all touching it?
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shingworks Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The part that says "interface" means where the base and shadow directly touch, as if you are looking at it. Don't think of it in layers (because yes, in that case the shadows are sitting on top of the base), but pretend instead that it is a flattened picture and you are only looking at the part where they two colors meet.

The point of having the shadows on a different layer is that it makes it easier to burn those parts only, and when you flatten it people are like "woah" XD
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Epifex Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Student General Artist
I think I get it now, thanks for explaining! X)
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Serendipital Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
That helped a lot. :) For some reason, though, I can't find the dodge tool on my Photoshop. It's Elements 7...yeah.
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xxDraconikaxx Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:D I Also have Elements but mine is 4.0... very old. Mine is located next to the blur tool but is stacked with the Sponge Tool and the Burn tool :) Also a shortcut on 4.0 to get to it is it press 'O' on your keyboard, If it is stacked like mind you may need to press 'O' a couple of times :)

hope that helped finding the dodge tool :D :love:
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Serendipital Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Yes, thank you! The 'O' worked perfectly!
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xxDraconikaxx Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:D Im glad i could help! :love: :hug:
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Serendipital Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
I'm glad too. The 'O' led me to every other letter too; it's so helpful!
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xxDraconikaxx Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:love:
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Serendipital Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
:woohoo: Also, XD
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sparkpaw Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
EPIC how you snuck in interaction with the "lineart" and "you". <3
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ChevronRae Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Sooo helpful. Thanks!
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Rawrs0ng Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
Totally Helpful! You are the coolest biology teacher ever.
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KimistryLooneyArtis Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
YOurs and Tracey's (lackadaisy cats) Tuts Are fricking awesome!! I wanna be like yall when i grow up lol...really i do!
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shingworks Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, I want to be like Tracy too XD She is so sweet and talented
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KimistryLooneyArtis Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
She seems like she is. I would love to meet you both one day. (its on my bucket list) LOL!
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shingworks Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I think she's going to stay away from conventions until next summer, but maybe you can catch her at some appearance then!
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Tenchi8 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist
Cool! This is very helpful, and funny too. Thanks for the tutorial. I especially enjoyed the humor of the characters.
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iKaet Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Student Digital Artist
One this I don't understand is when you say to use Dodge on the darkest part o: I've been trying it on some scribbles I've done, and then never turn out like how your picture shows :S
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shingworks Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not sure what version of photoshop you have... you may need to turn off "protect tones" if you have a newer version.
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iKaet Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I have Adobe 7.0, which I'm guessing is a pretty old version.
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