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Manga Coloring Tutorial 
13th-May-2008 06:18 pm
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Well, this is something new. Requested by aleyshav ages and ages ago. If you're reading this, I'm sorry it took so long. AP tests happened. I give you full permission to slap me with a fish. >_>

Going from to .

Involves: PS7, curves, and color balance.



01: I chose this scene, cropped the image, and used filter >> sharpen >> unsharp mask a few times. (There were problems with the original image I needed to fix - such as the black borders - but since that wouldn't be relevant to any other image, I'm going to skip those steps.)



02: I created a new layer on top of the picture, and set the new layer to "multiply." Using a few image references and the brush tool, I colored in the characters.



03: I made another layer on top of the colors and set it to "multiply." I flooded the layer with a light yellowish peach color using the paint bucket. (If you want to be technical, it was #FFF0D6.)



04: Then I made a new curves layer by going to layer >> new adjustment layer >> curves. What I basically wanted to do was make the image brighter and the colors slightly redder. Other than that, I just played around with it until I thought it looked good. The specific inputs and outputs were:
RGB: 131,124
RED: 140,155
GREEN: 131,124
BLUE: 143,140



05: Made a color balance layer over the curves layer by going to layer >> new adjustment layer >> color balance. Everything that I said about the curves layer applies here too. The points were:
MIDTONES: 10, 5, 7
SHADOWS: 15, 0, 5
HIGHLIGHTS: 10, 5, 2



06: So then I pasted this scratch texture over the layers, and set it to "color dodge." The change is really so subtle that I probably could have skipped it.



07: I made a new layer, set it to "multiply," and colored in the sky.



08: Finally, I made another layer and set it to "lighten." I chose a reddish orange color (#F15916 if you really need to know) and a soft-edge brush, and highlighted a few regions. At which point, I was done.
Comments 
14th-May-2008 01:29 am (UTC)
Oh wow! This is incredible! I'm totally bookmarking this... for when I have time to color some more manga. *eyes final paper guiltily*
14th-May-2008 01:37 am (UTC)
this is really beautiful :)
14th-May-2008 01:39 am (UTC)
This is great, thanks for sharing!
14th-May-2008 03:01 am (UTC)
Whoa, I use similar techniques when I CG.

[the multiply + fill in light yellow thing...and..multiply abuse yeahh]

Wtf but your style is so much more classy.

MENG THAT ANNOYS ME

UGH GO MAKE ANOTHER TUTORIAL.

ANOTHER.
14th-May-2008 04:13 am (UTC)
Multiply abuse is really awesome! :D

I don't know what you're talking about, because I'm still not seeing how it's "classy." (And how do I have a style?) I bet it's just because you draw in a very anime/cartoon-ish style.

I DON'T LIKE MAKING TUTORIALS. D: TEACHING IS NOT IN MY NATURE.
14th-May-2008 03:10 am (UTC)
MENG IS SO AMAZING!
<3

make code geass icons kplzthx
:D YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO CROP A PICTURE OF LULU'S BEAUTIFUL FACE
14th-May-2008 04:15 am (UTC)
FLATTERY NEVER GOT YOU ANYWHERE. :P


I'M MAKING THEM. RIGHT NOW.

ASDJIE'AJD'SLD;D HE'S SO PRETTY IT'S NOT EVEN FAIR.
14th-May-2008 03:58 am (UTC)
AWESOME. adding to mems. might try this later
14th-May-2008 05:58 am (UTC)
this is great :) mem'd.
14th-May-2008 06:03 am (UTC)
nice~!
*adds to mem* [=
14th-May-2008 08:13 am (UTC)
This is really pretty~ *_____* I really love the result. XD Thank you for sharing! :D
14th-May-2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
so pretty, thank you.
16th-May-2008 12:48 am (UTC)
Wow, that's really pretty and well done ^^

Thanks for the tutorial <3




-mems-
16th-May-2008 09:43 am (UTC)
Beautiful. Memming.
24th-May-2008 11:53 am (UTC)
Awesome. I now know how to colour skies properly XDb

mem'd
25th-Jun-2008 11:27 am (UTC)
Inspiring and beautiful.
Thankyou so much for sharing! :D
25th-Jul-2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
It's, it's gorgeus... that fantastic, amazing, awesome.. ahh.. i love it! This is so beautofil... i wanna have talent ur : c. I made not icoc, bur colorizing, i know it's nog good, but i never do that^^ First time lol. thanx!

30th-Jul-2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
That's okay if you too long I'm just happy you made this tut. Thx!! YOUR SUPER GREAT!!!!
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