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A Lostie's Tutorial - Coloring Method by lostie815 A Lostie's Tutorial - Coloring Method by lostie815
Here is my coloring method! Also on Tumblr and has a bonus section on Coloring from Reference: thesilvereye.tumblr.com/post/5…

This technique can be done with any drawing program that has Layers, a Polygonal Selection tool, a Gradient tool, and a Paintbrush (and most drawing programs that I know of have those tools). I used Gimp for this.

More tutorials by me: lostie815.deviantart.com/galle…
Color Scheme Designer: colorschemedesigner.com/
For a more in-depth look at shading with gradients, you can look at Global Lighting Tutorial by Angelus-Tenebrae: angelus-tenebrae.deviantart.co… and Gradient Tutorial by damie-m: damie-m.deviantart.com/art/Gra…
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RenoLuvsOrchids Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Digital Artist
oh and when i say lacking i mean my drawings not yours. this is awesome
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RenoLuvsOrchids Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Digital Artist
it sometimes amazes me what people can do with gimp and i'm just...blarg. lacking
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Bwushies Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just started digital art a few weeks ago, so I'm sorry if these questions sounds ridiculous. But when I put my outline layer into overlay, it disappears. How do I fix that/ what am I doing wrong?
Also do you use the smudge tool?
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lostie815 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The overlay mode doesn't effect solid white or solid black, if your background is white, then the lines won't show up. After I finish my line art I fill the background with a light to middle valued color so the lines will show up. I think that's probably what's happening, but let me know if I'm wrong.

I never use the smudge tool (though I used to). I do not recommend it at all! It makes everything look dull and blurry, and I think it's better to just get used to using the paintbrush tool for rendering. It gives you more control and looks better  in the end. This is a good basic tutorial for how I blend with the paintbrush+the color picker.
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Bwushies Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
It works! Thanks for the quick response. 
Thank you a million time! Before this tutorial, I had no idea how to start coloring really. I just filled in the colours and hoped it made sense somehow lol. Thank you sooo much.Enough to Make a Grown Man Cry 
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Falling-Into-Chaos Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
I'm new to photoshop, so may I ask a question? If I'm using photoshop, how do I lock the opacity of the layers?
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lostie815 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
If you look in the layers section, it should say "Lock" followed by some tiny icons. The icon for opacity looks like little checkers and if you hover over it, it says "Lock transparent pixels" You click that icon to lock the opacity for the layer.
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Falling-Into-Chaos Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Okay, thanks!
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ashleyjordan Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb! What a great concept, to use gradients first and then select shades. Basically, do you create those gradients for each item on separate layers then merge them together before shading? Also, as I am new to working with gradients, do you select your colors and then draw a line in whichever direction the item, like a shirt or hair, is aimed? Heheh, I appreciate any explaination you can offer me ^^;

Marvelous work, I am so impressed by these and the way you presented the material made me feel at eased instead of overwhelmed by complicated advice :clap:
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lostie815 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Normally I'll sort layers bottom to top like this: Clothes, Skin, Hair (+whites of eyes), Black (meaning outlines of eyes, mouth, nostrils, eyebrows--details that stay solid black while I shade the face), and Outlines. I merge the layers together at I finish shading them. And of course you can use as many layers as you want, like if you want to shade pants and shirt separately and not have to worry about going out of the lines as much.

You're right about using gradients, you just try to have it work with the light source. So the lightest part of the gradients would be coming from the same directions.

Hope that helps! Thank you! :D
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