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Tutorial--Colorizing Pencil by Tentopet Tutorial--Colorizing Pencil by Tentopet
Here's my tutorial on how to color your pencil-shaded drawings in Photoshop.

I used my Batwoman 0 cover as the example--check it out here: [link]

Try it out!
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:iconedwardrigaud:
edwardrigaud Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kool I'll try this technique on my back grounds :-)
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tsujigo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very Useful Tutorial , I am going to try this put on my current work in progress [ thanks :D]
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crisurdiales Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
A great tutorial. One never knows what to do with the blending modes :P :)
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Idarshu Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
never used the layers that way, humm. should be fun to try it out.
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Shiezka Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Student General Artist
I'm one of those people that always did the "multiply" thing, but this sounds much better :) I cannot wait to try it out and enjoy all the rich colory goodness

Thank you for posting!!
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reydelfenix Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Student
It's really cool of you to let us in on your process.
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:iconcetriya:
Cetriya Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Student General Artist
after reading the comments, I get it, thanks so much!
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:iconziggyman:
Ziggyman Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Very elaborated yet simple work. Thanks for sharing it.
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:iconarquelino:
arquelino Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
Thanks for the tutorial. I'll try my best.
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Kitsunecubby Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
Oh, my. This is great! I've never thought of doing that with pencil layers. :] And the end result looks beautiful and textured... almost like copics. <333 Great tutorial.
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:iconemmav:
emmav Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
nyoho? I feel the need to play with layers a bit....:)
Thanks, hon.
See you in October!
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CassandraJames Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Great tutorial, I love this cover!
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euphorics Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
Ahh, I was a little confused at first too, mostly because I'm still new at Photoshop/digital art in general. XD But after reading through your explanation in the comments, I think I do understand it more now, and the whole process is pretty amazing (and a lot of work, but that's just me being lazy, ahem)!

Anyway, thank you so much for this tutorial! 8DD I've always been looking for a way to make pencil-shaded drawings brighter, and this was exactly it. Wonderful work, and thanks again for sharing it with us~
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tamaranean Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
Awesome and very interesting tutorial. Thanks for sharing!
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:iconantalas:
antalas Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice tutorial. I would not have thought to shade the pencils that way.
The final art looks great.
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mari-kris Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
Love this cover, by the way! People, don't be confused! You have three layers: the original > the layer in the middle set to "multiply" (follow the arrows on the left) > the layer on top set to "color" (follow the arrows on the right). Thanks for the tut, Amy!
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Tentopet Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Professional
The layer in the middle is the one set to "color"! But thank you!
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mari-kris Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
Thanks for clarifying that!
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:iconobi-quiet:
Obi-quiet Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
Wait, so you actually mix both of those together and somehow end up with red hair still? Is that just how the color blending layer works? *is quite confused*
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Tentopet Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Professional
Yes, and this is how color works when people paint with oils or whatever...I learned it using copics, that certain colors produce a deeper, darker shade without actually using dark colors that have black in them. I have youtube tutorials on how I do it with copics; my ID is amyreederhadley.

I almost never pick a shading color in the same hue as the original color. For skin, I slide it slightly closer to red, and up the saturation. Don't just pick a color that's "darker".
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:iconobi-quiet:
Obi-quiet Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
That's always been my problem...I kind of know where to start, but without a model I'm lost at finding anything at a decent shade!
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MachinesBleedToo Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! I always coloured using the greyscale underlayer and was wondering what easier ways there are to make it look more...well, colourful.

Thanks for sharing. :>
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zane-degaine Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
Cool. Thanks for posting it. I'm going to have to try this out with inkwash too.
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OrangePickles Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Student Digital Artist
interesting flow... but... it confuses me...
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Tentopet Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Professional
Trouble is, I don't know what's confusing you! So now I'm confused too!

I dunno, basically, a lot of people will color things from grayscale, like pencil shading, inkwashes, markers...and sometime all they do is color over it with a typical color layer, set to "multiply". But the trouble is, it looks really gray and desaturated this way. Basically, the darker something is, the less saturation and more gray is has, so it's not a deep color.

But there's a layer setting called "Color" that takes whatever's underneath it and gives it that hue, only the values (dark/light) stay the same. So it can colorize the gray. You can turn it all of the gray into a particular color, like blue, or brown. But really, certain shading colors complement the main color more. Like with her red hair...using blue to shade makes the darker areas deeper and richer than with other colors.

So in sum, I end up with three layers: the b/w drawing, which stays unchanged at the bottom, the color layer, set to multiply, which stays at the top, and in the middle, there's that layer that colorizes the gray. You put it all together...and it looks good.
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OrangePickles Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I guess what is confusing me is the flow on how you did the tutorial. I mean this helps a lot, if I could understand it. I mean, I love :iconmanapul: But he seems to pre-shade his work.. so I'd love to learn how to colour it like they do in the comics.


but.. maybe you could re-do this tutorial? I'm not demanding it.. but maybe look at other tutorials, and how they flow :)

But all 'n' all, I will take into consideration what you said and add it to my skill list
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Tentopet Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Professional
This isn't a "how to color in general" tutorial--I could write a book on that, and there are already books on that! This is just explaining a layering trick to people who are well-versed in Photoshop and want to mix it up. Can't do more; I honestly didn't even have time to do this in the first place.

Thank you, though.
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OrangePickles Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Student Digital Artist
whatever
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missveryvery Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
man, what??? this tutorial makes perfect sense while I can barely understand your sentences!! maybe read more carefully @_@!
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OrangePickles Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Student Digital Artist
whatever dude, go to your corner.
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brianlaborada Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
Wow, this tutorial is perfect. Thank you so much!
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:iconwolfprime:
wolfprime Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
Us . . . it confuses us.
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:iconorangepickles:
OrangePickles Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Student Digital Artist
:P

But seriously, I can't follow this tutorial, maybe I'm just an idiot.
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:iconwolfprime:
wolfprime Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
I can't comment on your level of intelligence, but this is confusing to me as well. Seriously.
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Razor-Nox Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Professional Artist
What a very interesting progression I've noticed from your work done on your fools gold series to the work your doing now. Im wondering though, since your working for a major production company, are you required to change the manner in which you approach your work in order to make it more "marketable" to they type of clientele that DC comics is generally aimed at. You figures, especially in the facial expressions or so much more mature in appearance than your first work. It something I even noticed while looking at different issues of "Madame Xanadu". The main character seems to change as the book progresses. Very interesting.
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Tentopet Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Professional
Also, Madame Xanadu is supposed to age throughout.
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:iconrazor-nox:
Razor-Nox Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Professional Artist
Very true!!! Although she's immortal...so lucky...
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Tentopet Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Professional
People ask me this a lot. No one's really asked me to change my style (though to me it's still very much in keeping with my philosophy).

It's a combination of many things...one is that I've gotten more detailed as I've gained knowledge about little nuances. Before, if I went detailed, it would get too creepy looking. I certainly tried and you can find that in the older sections of my gallery!

Another thing is just the story content and audience; I have to find the best way to communicate to whoever's going to read it. It's like when you talk to people and change up your speech to what reaches them and makes them feel comfortable.

Also, when you collaborate with an inker and colorist, and when you work with a writer, and work in color instead of black-and-white, you find that certain things just work better in the final product if you approach it in a certain way.

So this cover is very different from my interiors or covers where I collaborate, or on characters who are less...serious or understated.

I'm still not sure what my style is, even my preferred rendering style. Still trying new things.
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Razor-Nox Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Professional Artist
I certainly love the progression that the work has taken compared from the first published items to the most recent. There is a huge fluidity in the movement in the work and the manner in which you execute the images which seems very natural and not nuanced at all. Your older work has a very high fashion influence which I could definitely see being printed in some kind of periodical like "Vogue" or "Vanity fair". I also really enjoy the emotive aspects of the work your doing now, that at the same time is keep within the genre of what I suppose would be classified as "fashion Illustration" while adding exciting narratives.

I imagine that It can be difficult trying to bring the ideas and abilities of various different people together while still trying to retain the same element of your work since you have to make sure that it is translating the ideas while still being workable and practical.

I love your work and I find it to be a breath of fresh air because you are able to tell a rich story while still retaining characters that have a class and elegance to them without having to over sexualize them, which I feel is something that the comic book industry tends to do a bit often "something I have always attempted in my own work."

You are awesome and I cant wait to see what you have in store next, you are definitely someone I will be looking at for a long time. :)

Hans
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JulienHB Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey! Thanks for the tutorial, very interesting!
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