The Coloring Guide!

Postby Chad Hirashima on Tue May 22, 2001 1:21 am

This is the "guide" I sent to Emily through email. It's verbatim, so you'll get just as much help as she did understanding this crap <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/biggrin.gif"><P>
Chad's Wonderful Guide to Coloring His Webcomic
(It's long and boring, so you don't have to read it if you don't want to.)

After doing bubbles and text, I convert my image into RGB without flattening layers (since I always scan in greyscale, lot faster and takes a lot less memory to do) and copy the blue channel. I then invert it so it looks like a black-and-white photo negative (much like the effect you have on your ad banner.) I set up some layers, make a new selection of the copied blue channel, go over it with black, and the ink's done. I do base tones first, on five separate layers: Background objects, clothes, skin, hair, and details such as eyes and the tattoos my characters wear on their faces.

After that I make the shades by using a 50% opacity multiply of the base color. I then highlight using a very low-pressure airbrush (around 5-10%) using the screen option thingy, again with the base color. That will do for about everything except the hair... I draw "streaks" of individual hair strands using a 100% opacity screen of the hair's base color on the hair layer, smudge it a lot, and add a little white and smudge that too.

Right now since my characters are talking around a campfire, I flatten all of the layers and overlay at 20% opacity with a straight orange. I then screen using the airbrush in orange, and I add shadows and darken features by overlaying with the airbrush in black.

And there you go. If your eyes aren't bugging out of your sockets by now, you have my deepest and utmost respect.
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Postby Lordgeejay on Tue May 22, 2001 6:03 am

Ahh... The Chad Technique. Thanks man! I have to try this. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/biggrin.gif"> But you won't probably see it on my webcomic though... You may see it on my giftart instead. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/smile.gif">
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Postby Chad Hirashima on Tue May 22, 2001 10:18 am

I think I said this on your message board already, but I'll reiterate it here anyways. I'm thinking of making a "How I Draw True Magick" thingy that details how I go about and, well, draw and color True Magick.<P>And I'm looking forward to seeing your art work! It's great seeing other people's interpretations of your own characters. I'm going to draw some art for you as well as for Emily (in return for her art, I'm going to post it on the Art page as soon as I'm able to). And yes, they all will be featuring the "Chad Technique" of coloring <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/smile.gif"><P>------------------
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Postby Emily Teal Young on Wed May 23, 2001 9:10 am

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Postby Chad Hirashima on Thu May 24, 2001 2:24 am

All of those teeth are starting to frighten me... :P
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Postby Webowl on Thu May 24, 2001 5:56 am

<IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/eek.gif"> <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/biggrin.gif"><P>So, what program do you use to do this? Photoshop?
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Postby Chad Hirashima on Thu May 24, 2001 6:50 am

Great, teeth and a set of googly eyes to match :P<P>Yeah, I use a copy of Photoshop 6.0 I'm "borrowing" from a friend. I tried using Paint Shop Pro, but I couldn't figure out how to do layers. I'm sure it's really easy to figure out, and I guess I was just dumb <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/smile.gif"><P>------------------
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