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Coloring/Shading Tips
xkyuketsuki at 10:19PM, Sept. 26, 2006
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I am curious if anyone can give me a tip or two how to make my shadow or coloring jobs a little better for my comic.

I use photoshop.

Thanx.
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Mark at 4:00AM, Sept. 27, 2006
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darker shadows for more contrast cause your colours look a bit flat. Also you could shade in really dark areas when you ink em.

also try doing some black and white strips. It gets rid of the problem alltogether.
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InadequateCatnap at 4:58PM, Oct. 15, 2006
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Really it all depends on how you want to shade. You can try cell-blocking by using the lasso tool in photoshop. Here's how:
1: On one layer make the line drawing of your image.
2: Create a new layer UNDERNEATH layer 1.
3: Select your colour and choose the free lasso tool.(Not the angle lasso.)
4: Use the tool to outline where the colour will go. Don't be afraid to get jagged or soft depending on what is being shaded.
5: Use the paint bucket to fill in your selected area.
6: Hit Ctrl D to deselect the area and move on. You now have a sharper more professional looking way to shade called cell-blocking. (BTW-Professional animators use this technique)
Note: To layer the colours, just repeat the steps on a different layer.
Hope this helps, if you have any questions feel free to e-mail me. I'm a art/comic tutorer so I should have an answer for you.
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Rimbaum at 9:35PM, Oct. 19, 2006
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InadequateCatnap: O_O I knew I could do that before, but after seeing the results of that particular technique again, I may just reconsider using it to color TAE. At least my lineartist's work (when it's cleaned up) is generally good enough to do that with.


I just have to learn patience with the damn lasso tool. >.<
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Rich at 9:45PM, Oct. 19, 2006
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The trick to shading is contrast!

Ya see, if there isn't much contrast, the shading is negligible. And if there is too much, it will look like shit usually.
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