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Color Reference Guide to Recognize & Avoid Whitewashing

I’ve made a tutorial on how to color adjust to fix washed out coloringsbut I noticed people aren’t always sure when their coloring needs fixing in the first place. So I’ve made a bunch of colorings you can use to compare your own to. It’s designed to help avoid whitewashing, but also help avoid over-correction.

If you’re not a content creator, you can also use this guide for reblogging as well. :)

Using the Guide

  • Each set comes in three: cool, neutral, and warm. If your coloring is bluer/whiter than the cool tone, consider readjusting.
  • Examples of what might be too pale/bright are beneath each set
  • There are various categories (daytime, night scenes, etc) for each type of scene you might encounter
  • Each coloring has a color palette beneath for the highlights, midtones, and shadows of the character’s face. If you’re having trouble eyeballing it, use the eyedropper tool to double check.

1) For the sake of simplicity, I’ve used one character per category, but characters of color are not interchangeable. Identify the skin tone for the character you’re coloring and work with that. This is only meant to give a frame of reference for what is and isn’t whitewashing

2) If any of the colorings look different than what they’ve been stated as (i.e. the cool tones look too warm or some look way too dark to be visible) calibrate your monitor. It means your screen color and gamma needs readjustment.

Guide itself is under the read more!

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OKAY so it’s lauren’s ( weiweipon ) birthday in two days and i wanted to post this already!!!!!!! cuz i might not be able to post it on friday!! AHAHAHA ANYWAY

lauren wanted some iwaoi and i know she loves it when iwa makes oikawa blush so here u go lauren, i animated the comic i thought of doing. (i had fun doing this!!!)

I’m a touch concerned about the photoshopping thing and Trump. 

On the surface it’s kinda hilarious how badly he wants to be right and praised. The photoshop of making his hand bigger while greeting President Obama is hilarious, if not outright sad.

The idea of photoshopping the inauguration crowd (mentioned by the rogue White House twitter account, so I’m fully accepting this might not be true, while recognizing the pattern of discussion from the White House on the inauguration crowd makes it seem very true), however, is far more troubling. 

It’s very Stalinesque to start talking about photoshopping political pictures. 

You see, Stalin used to take all these pictures with his good buddies and then when he fell out with them, usually resulting in them being picked up, imprisoned and killed, he had to make it seem like they never existed. 

So, he ~photoshopped~ them out, using the methods of photo manipulation at the time.

It is extremely worrisome that Trump may be thinking of photoshopping pictures, and I’m assuming then putting them out against media photos, which his most ardent followers who refuse to get news from anyone that won’t call themselves alt-right, will eat up. 

I can’t think of the site where you can look at most of the altered/unaltered Stalin photos seamlessly, but there’s a good deal of them at the wikipedia page.

This is not okay. 

anonymous asked:

Hi there! I'm in love with your artwork and style, truly an inspiration! Not to get carried away but I have a question concerning Photoshop; I'm a newbie at it (I'm an old fart with zero experience in PS) and I'm having a bit of trouble with the program, mainly with animating on the program (mostly cleaning up my roughs) and sketching/painting. Do you have any advice and/or tutorials for others who are having trouble like me? P.S. Keep up the good work!

Thank you! :>

My initial advice is to practice! The transition from traditional drawing/animating to digital is bumpy, but with lots of practice, it becomes just as natural as drawing in a sketchbook is.

Now, I’m going to give some more general advice for dealing with Photoshop, and tricks/hotkeys to make the experience easier.

^ These are my suggestions for setting up your PS. These windows are pretty much the only ones I ever use, and they’re best for sketching. They are:

Brush, Brush Presets, Color, Layers, Navigator, and Swatches. For my Color window, I typically set it to Grayscale (using the righthand corner dropdown menu in the window).

Useful Hotkeys

These are the ones I use nearly every time I’m working in the program:

  • B - Brush
  • E - Eraser - Hold down while using the Brush Tool for quick erasing
  • L - Lasso Tool
  • G - Fill Bucket Tool
  • C - Crop Tool
  • T - Text Tool
  • I - Eyedropper Tool
  • W - Magic Wand Tool
  • M - Marquee Selection Tool
  • Ctrl (or) V - Move Tool
  • Ctrl + Alt -  Dragging while holding these two keys will duplicate whatever is on your current layer.
  • Ctrl + A - Selects the entire canvas
  • Ctrl + D - Deselects whatever is selected
  • Ctrl + X - Cut
  • Ctrl + C - Copies everything selected (one layer only)
  • Ctrl + Shift + C - Copies everything selected (all layers)
  • Ctrl + E - Merges current layer with layer below it
  • Ctrl + J - Duplicates current layer
  • Alt - Holding Alt and clicking while hovering in between two layers will turn the top layer into a clipping mask of the one below it. Really useful for coloring.
  • Alt - Holding Alt while using the Brush Tool will turn your cursor into the eyedropper tool.
  • Shift - Holding Shift while using the Move Tool with cause whatever you’re moving to only move on the x and y axis of the canvas.
  • Ctrl + U - Brings up Hue/Saturation editor
  • Ctrl + L - Brings up the Levels editor
  • Ctrl + S - Save
  • Ctrl + Shift + S - Save as
  • Ctrl + Z - Undo/Redo (once)
  • Ctrl + Alt + Z - Undo (multiple)
  • Ctrl + Shift + Z - Redo (multiple)

Brush settings are definitely something to experiment with, along with the many PS brushes that are available - and there are lots of awesome free PS brushes out there, too. Don’t forget - Pen Pressure is your best friend!

And, like I said before, practice is the best way to get used to PS. I suggest starting small, such as doodling circles and other simple things. It’s a good way to practice painting, too. You should try drawing and painting with as big of a brush size as possible. I find that it makes you looser and you don’t focus as much on those unnecessary details.

For cleaning up your sketches, layers are your best friends. Don’t forget that you can change the opacity on layers, too. If your sketch is too messy, just pop in a new layer, lower your sketch layer’s opacity, and draw over top of it on the new layer!


  • Experiment with layer styles. Linear Burn, Multiply, Overlay, etc. Sometimes I even make a layer filled with a color such as orange or pink and set it to Overlay or Soft Light over my entire image to harmonize the colors.
  • Try using the Sharpen/Blur filters to enhance your work.
  • Use clipping masks for coloring lines, etc. A clipped layer only affects the information on the layer it’s clipping. So, if you had a layer that was only line art, you could make a clipping layer and use the fill bucket to change the color of all of your linework. Clipping layers are also useful for making color adjustments, etc.

That’s your crash course in Photoshop for today, anon! I hope that helped, and don’t be afraid to ask for more. :)


Middle-earth History Meme: 7/? Elves: Idril 

Called Celebrindal ‘Silverfoot’; the daughter (and only child) of Turgon and Elenwë; wife of Tuor, mother of Eärendil, with whom she escaped from Gondolin to the Mouths of Sirion; departed thence with Tuor into the West.


Maglor - ‘The second son of Fëanor, a great singer and minstrel; held the lands called Maglor’s Gap; at the end of the First Age seized with Maedhros the two Silmarils that remained in Middle-earth, and cast the one that he took into the Sea.

// Silmarillion Graphics Series | Part V