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data coloring tut


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hello! ok so Kia asked for a coloring tut. Rusty just asked for a tut. and cie cie babes got excited about a tut. SO...I've decided to share:


Before I begin, I should say, I color in layers. Each layer is for one color. I duplicate, lower opacity and merge, duplicate, lower opacity and merge. and so on and so on. I am anal at times about it. LOL I know this, I accept my faults. The next thing you should know is that my color pallet is set up with all my favorite colors. For instance, I have "blues" for jeans, "reds" for lips, and "light green" for blonde hair. I am sharing some of my favorites with you. I suggest if a color works for you, save it into your color pallet and name it something you'll remember for later use.


The next thing I'd like to talk about is that there are certain avs that just should'nt be colored. I try to stay away from avs that are too bright, blurry or have a glossy look to them. I've picked a typical av that I perfer; darker, clear, and shows more then just a bellybutton LOL. But! it is clearly up too you.



For this coloring tut you will need filters Flaming Pear (aetherize), Graphics Plus(cross shadow), and softner. I use PSP 8. Sorry if you are using 7 you have the same tools but my images will look different then what you see in front of you. I'm sharing my favorite settings for each filter with you, again, I've saved the settings for later use. It is much easier then playing with the settings each and everytime I paint an av.


So lets start to color. After saving the av, open and bring to color to 16 million colors. click on the retouch tool, change to target. set up your color pallet with the skin colors seen below. Duplicate layers and color JUST the skin. Bring down the opacity as shown and merge visible layers.



Duplicate layer and follow the color for JUST the jeans. Merge visible layers.





Duplicate layer and follow the color for the hair. Just color the hair, merge visible layer.




Duplicate layer, color the shirt with the brown color. Merge visible layer.







Duplicate layer and choose aetherize using the following settings. Lower the opacity of the top layer to 36. Merge visible layers.



Now we are going to add a background. I try to use a background that matches in color or compliments the colors I'm using on an av. Choose your cloning tool. Use the settings given in the image. I take the best part of any background and clone it onto the painted av, this way I only have to erase a little bit . Lower opacity as shown. Sometimes lowering the background to a really low opacity is better and more complimentary then having the background totally take over the av.



Duplicate layer, and open Graphics Plus, Cross Shadow. Use the settings as shown. Lower opacity to 42. Merge Visible layers.






Now we are ready too font. Pick your favorite font. Choose effects, drop shadow, use the settings shown.





One more filter. Duplicate layer, softner using the settings shown, lower opacity to your liking. Merge layers.


Add a few final touches, brushes etc etc..and waaaaaaaallllaaa~