Hey All! I’m finally getting around to making a new coloring tutorial! This one is pretty basic, in that there are not a ton of steps involved, and result isn’t particularly fancy, but you should be able to use some of these techniques to pretty consistently achieve a good result. I put this method together relatively recently and have been using some variation of this process for almost all of my gifs. The key is channel mixer which is, in my opinion, one of the most egregiously underused tools in Photoshop (likely because it’s not particularly intuitive, I’ll explain the basics of it in this tutorial too.) When you understand how to use that tool, it’ll become you go to when it comes to really getting some bright colors in your gifs. Anyway, let’s get to it!
Open the raw file in Photoshop. I use Adobe Photoshop CS3 in this one… As you can see, the raw page got a line art which is done through solid pencilling (all pencils, no inks yet) with messy green pencil and dirt/noise…Those will be gone soon…
Convert the Mode into CMYK Mode as shown inside the red circle.
Go to Channels which you can find next to layers…You will see that the Channels is made of different layers namely CMYK, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black.
CMYK layer is the combination of four colors. The rest are layers of separated colors.
Click on the channel layer of “Magenta” only. As shown on the image, the layer of Magenta should only be the one active. The active layer has an on the left, while the inactive layers have none.
You will notice that the green pencil is gone and some of the noises and dirt. What remains are only the pure black pencil line art.
Discard all the channel layers EXCEPT Magenta. To discard the channel layers, just drag them into the trash can icon below as shown in the image.
Convert the Mode into Grayscale Mode like what is shown in the image.
Go to Levels (Ctrl + L ) or go to Image > Adjustments > Levels.
Move the white arrow first to the middle to lose the dirt/noise. As you do so, be careful not to lose important details on the lineart. Move it back and fort until you get the desired level.
Move the black arrow to the middle, too, to make the lines darker. Adjust it until you get the desired level of darkness of the lines…
You would probably notice that there are still noises and dirt left in the line art. You might need to erase them using Eraser Tool. But first….
Set your Foreground into black and your Background into White as shown in the image. Then you can start erasing the remaining noise and dirt.
In this case, since the line art was done traditionally with pure pencil and not ink, you might have to erase the remaining dirt/noise using eraser tool to preserve the important details on the line art.
Otherwise, see the next step….
Besides usring eraser tool, you can also use Levels again to clean the noise and dirt faster.
But be careful not to lose too much details in doing so. This is also applicable on solid pencilled line art especially when the pencil lines are dark enough to remain in the page despite the adjustments in Levels…
After cleaning all the noises/dirt, you might get an output same as this image.
A Star Wars-y ship bristling with guns approaches a nebula. (Jennell Jaquays cover for Dungeoneer No. 12, Judges Guild, July/August 1979.) Before getting into the new monsters, magic items, and adventures, this issue begins with a 9-page article on “Fake Color Process” by Jaquays, which starts with Seurat then explains how to separate colors into magenta, yellow, and cyan layers for the print methods used in JG products.
Well if you want to give it that video effect first thing to do is give it some grain
Go to Filters>filter gallery and then textures and choose grain. There, you can adjust the grain to whatever you like best
So then you got this
It’s a start.
Then what you do is duplicate the image layer three times and set the blend mode to exclusion
now that you have this wonky looking thing, you have to go to each individual layer copy you made and change the color levels.
For the first one go to image>adjustments>levels and in the rgb dropdown menu select red. Then make the output levels 0 and 0
do the same with the other two only selecting green for one and then blue for the last
Now the colours should sort of look like they’re back to how they started and the layer thumbnails should look like mine where theres a cyan, a magenta, and a yellow layer.
Now is the fun part. You move the newly coloured layers however you want. This will give it that cool double image.
you don’t have to move the layers much, in fact, too much may make it lose it’s affect. But of course you just move it to wherever you think looks the best!
After you play around with that, you duplicate the layer you’ve left alone one more time and put the copy on top of the other three. Go ahead and lower the opacity of the top layer until it’s where you can still tell what the image is but you can also see the discoloration.
Now duplicate all the layers and merge them (shift select all the layers, ctrl-j to duplicate all selected and ctrl-e to merge all the new duplicates)
Now with all of that done it’s time to sharpen the image a bit. Go to filter>sharpen>sharpen and press ctrl-f as many times as you like until you’re satisfied with how it looks
now go ahead and get out the rectangular marquee and make some selections horizontally across the image, once you’ve gotten all the spots you like selected right click in one of the selected areas and choose layer via cut
that makes a new layer with just the selected areas. With those you sharpen some more so hit ctrl-f a few more times until those parts are more staticy
Now go to filters>blur>motion blur and set the distance to 4px
it doesn’t do that drastic of a chance but it makes the static pixels look more like they’re moving
Now to really distort the static areas go to filter>distort>shear and move the dots just slightly off center and in a straight line
for some dumb reason this doesn’t have a preview for the image as a whole so you might need to redo it a few times until you get it how you want.
but then you get this
cool, almost done here.
now what you want to do is make a new layer on top of all of this and fill it with white. Once you have that, go to filters>filter gallery and then go to sketch and choose halftone. It’ll show up as dots first but there’s a drop down menu that lets you change that from dots to lines. Make the lines the smallest option.
now you have lines all over. change the blend mode of the layer to overlay and lower the opacity however much you think you need to
fINALLY make another layer. This one you make a rainbow gradient and put this over the whole image however you like. Set the blend mode to overlay and the opacity to 10%
Go ahead and do whatever else you want to the image but that’s basically it!
And there you have it!!
Another way to get the glitched look quickly is to go to this link here
It’s handy for making gifs and you don’t want to spend time glitching the image yourself