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Coloring Tutorial by ProdigyBombay Coloring Tutorial by ProdigyBombay
*If you want to try this out, here is the lineart I used~ [link]


I've gotten requests to make a coloring tutorial, but never made one before. I decided to color a simple headshot as an example~

This is a PHOTOSHOP CS tutorial. I used CS3, but it should apply to previous versions of PS as well.



Let me know if you have any questions~ I hope this tutorial is clear, but I'm not sure it is. haha.






Question from ~fly-again "Do you have a special mode for your brush? Multiply, normal, low opacity and flow?"

I usually use the "Airbrush Hard Round" Brush (third brush type in the default brush list). XD At least that's what its called in Photoshop. Or, the "Hard Round Brush" (first brush in the default brush list.

Opacity is usually set somewhere between 80-100% unless I'm doing something that requires a lower opacity.

Flow is usually at 85%.

All brushes are used in normal mode.

The "Airbrush Hard Round" Brush is good for coloring and shading because it responds well to tablet pressure.

I use the "Hard Round Brush" to draw lineart and also to draw detailing, such as the strands of hair in the "hair overpaint" layer.
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DeadHedgehog Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Uhm.. whats with the hair disapearing behind the eye and the with thing on the lips... no offense the rest looks good but this hair thing seems kinda odd
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TimeLordHowl Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a pretty common style for anime/manga or other less realistic stuff. :)
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DeadHedgehog Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Student General Artist
Yeah i kinda figured out ^^
I get why it's done in animation or mangas because it saves time, but i don't get why some people do it on purpose in HQ drawings o-o
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TimeLordHowl Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it's because that way you can detail both eyes, even though this drawing doesn't detail the eyes too much. IDK, I don't really run into this too much in my drawings.
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notuger Featured By Owner Edited Sep 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! Trying to learn how to digital paint so... thank you !

notuger.deviantart.com/art/Col…
 and 
www.deviantart.com/art/Colouri…
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ApocalypseBiscuit Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Thank you!+fav 
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:iconjellycenter:
jellycenter Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Very helpful. Thank you.
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:iconmzclark:
mzclark Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I will link you my results when i have time to practice coloring. Your steps are easy to understand. TY
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:iconkurochineko:
kurochineko Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this is very helpful! thanks so much!!!
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tonkatsu108 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
so far this is one of the best tutorials i have ever seen, great help. :D
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109144 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg this so helpful thank you.
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kuma-panda Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
Thanks for the tutorial! Tried it here! Sankyuu~ :D  kuma-panda.deviantart.com/art/…
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:iconhinnochan:
hinnochan Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
so helpful ^^ thanks a lot 
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HarukaInLove Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial is amazing! I doubt I can ever reach this level. x_x
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Darkangelhiei Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student
This good Tutorial.
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:icontorazola:
Torazola Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Great tutorial! :)
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Kouwaii Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pshhh, I made mine here: Art: My coloring COMPLETED. by Kouwaii  Process:My coloring Process by Kouwaii  
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DeuxIchthys Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Nice work, I love it!
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asgardik Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice tut , can you do tutorial on how you are stating drawing (sketching)
For example some start with head and drawing a circle and ect
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MeoSawamura Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i dont get the "skin overpaint" help please.. =='
btw this is my attempt meosawamura.deviantart.com/art…
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MeoSawamura Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i dont get the "skin overpaint" part.. help please
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liel08 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Student General Artist
this is very helpful thank you :)
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ProdigyBombay Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013   Digital Artist
Glad it helped!
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Syaraa Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Base color layer is multiply and the overpaint is normal right?
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ProdigyBombay Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013   Digital Artist
Yes! That's correct. It's how I normally color, and I might have an overlay layer or two as well over that to do color adjustments/gradients. 
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Syaraa Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
o v o 
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Syaraa Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it <3 so love it <3 i tend to do such sketch rather than very lean ones with pen tool.I like the touch of hand drawing than clean ones sometimes.That helped me to find way to color them xD never thought to make lineart under coloring layers xD always putting lineart on top xP just this lil shift xD good tip.And i will try this way for my next drawings o3o becz i love such style and i always wanna do like that :D
*omg wrote alot never did that long before at all*
Thanks for ur time to read all that xD and thanks for the tutorial too :D
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ProdigyBombay Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013   Digital Artist
Yes! I love the multiply layer. It lets you color right on top of your lines, kind of like a coloring book. 
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Syaraa Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aha :D I still fail though. 
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IIMikuruII Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sexy Q_Q

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:iconquarey:
quarey Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Beautiful !
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10ADP Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
This is very helpful!
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Aokone Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you very much! This is probably the best tutorial I've used ;O
Here's my attempt :iconforeveraloneplz:
aokone.deviantart.com/art/Prac...
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ProdigyBombay Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013   Digital Artist
I'm glad it helped! And that you were able to try it out!
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:iconrori77:
rori77 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
this is great thanks so much for a easy to follow tutorial with reference pix and everything!
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ProdigyBombay Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013   Digital Artist
late reply, but glad you found it easy to follow!
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WarwicksComicArt Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic tutorial well layed out and easy to follow, thank you for taking the time to create it
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aurora400 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Faved! Helped me a lot with coloring the hair, thanks for such an awesome tutorial! :D
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artupida Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
such a nice tutorialll... how about posting this tutorial in karoten.net so you can inspirate more artist with this amazing tutorial? you could help more artist there :)
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ThePeculiarOne Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for this easy to understand, simple yet awesome tutorial! :D
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yaruBon Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist
awesome tutorial !! I did this after seeing it [link]
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Yuriqueen Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
on the second to third picture I don't understand how you colored the shadows in to look like they are gradating @.@ i'm sorry if its a stupid questions I just can't wrap my mind around it :iconotlplz:
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nickjagger Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
thanks ^_^
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exorina888 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're amazing. Thank you ^^ :+devwatch:
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LauraTEKKENprincess Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! :+fav:

Do you draw directly with digital tablet or draw by hand and then scan the draw? :meow:
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ProdigyBombay Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013   Digital Artist
Really late reply, sorry! But I do both. I prefer to draw on paper and scan it in, but if I'm just doing something simple and don't have my scanner handy, I'll probably just draw the lineart directly on the computer. The lineart in the example was drawn directly in Photoshop.
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Pocky-Japan-Ai-epic Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a question, I have Photoshop CS2
and when I saved the image it says
Lineart.jpg 100%(Gray/#8)
Help?
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YJiSLAND Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Maybe save it as RGBCOLOR? in layer mode?
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Pocky-Japan-Ai-epic Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you!
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Moonlight-Subaru3 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Artist
Thanks a lot, I'll try it =D
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