Hello there. I have a little question... How do you color? I mean your style of coloring it's so amazing and it makes manga look alive.. Could you do a little tutorial sometime soon?
Thank you very much, honey :’D
I still have a lot to learn though, but since you weren’t the only one asking I might as well do a quick tutorial. I hope this will answer some of your and other people’s questions. If this gets a positive response I might do another one or a video (need to learn how to edit a video anyway). So let’s start this.
First of all, this tutorial assumes you have basic photoshop knowledge (including cleaning and creating layers). Furthermore, please keep in mind that this is my own style of colouring so it might not be the perfect way to do it. For my convenience, I chose sth I already coloured haha. Also, you might want to get yourself a cup of your favorite drink and some cookies :) Beware: Long post ahead!
Step 1: Line Base
As soon as you finished cleaning and cropping your picture, you start by adding colour to the lines. Here you want to choose a solid colour as your base (hard brush).(*cough* in some I use a filter for the lines: light red that mingles with the background. But keep in mind that large black areas get tinted as well *cough*)
Step 2: Line Shades
After that you determine where the highlights are gonna be as indicated by the red circles. In those areas you’re gonna use your second colour (soft brush, transparency 30-40 %). In order to make things smooth you can use more than two colours.
Step 3: Base Colour
When you’re done, fill the picture with its base colours. You can use whatever you want, since they don’t really matter that much.
Step 4: Shading
For the shading you are looking for a colour which is a lot darker than the base but in the same spectrum (Lucy: instead of yellow go to brown/orange/yellow). Start by taking a small brush (depending on the size of the picture 3-4Px, transparency 20-30% ) and use the outline as guide for your shades. Here: red arrows. Usually, I use a pencil brush for shading. Add transfer and smoothness to the brush.
Step 5: Fading
Looks pretty messy, right? Now it’s time for fading. Switch to a normal soft brush (size: 30-40Px, transparency 20% or lower) and start fading areas that are supposed to be darker. Here: blue box.
Step 6: Highlighting
Go back to the same brush used in Step 4 and choose a colour that is lighter than the base. After the fading there are gonna be areas where the base is still visible and that’s where you wanna start highlighting. Draw lines along the sides and the middle of those areas and fade them when you reach a dark area. Here: red arrows. With the light yellow I used for Lucy, you can connect light areas with each other, but never forget to work along the curve of the outlines.
Step 6: Shine
Here you have to be a bit careful because this can mess a lot up. Select pure white and draw lines over the ones you previously created. Be mindful though, to only do that in highlighted areas. In the darker ones, the yellow is enough to make the hair pop out. (this part caused me a lot of frustration in the past hahahaha)
Step 7: Done
Congrats, you’ve finished your colouring :) Take your time to fix mistakes or parts you don’t feel satified with. Add your personal touch with backgrounds and filters. Also, never forget to put a watermark on your stuff since there are a lot of reposters these days. (it’s really painful if you worked your ass off on this and sb steals it -.-)
So … this turned into a hair tutorial rather than an overall one, but the rest is not much different. This is as good as I can explain in a post … I’m still learning though and this is by far not a solid technique. In the end it all comes down to practise and experimenting with brushes … at least that’s how I learned it :)
Hope you guys had fun with this and my ask is open for everyone with questions. The more detailed your questions are, the better I can help ;)