How I color my Digital Portraits

in howto •  11 months ago

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Okay so as promised here is my tutorial on coloring. This piece is a special one and I think I will be taking a different approach to how I will bring some life to this artwork.
Here is the uncolored piece looks, fresh from Adobe Illustrator. For this exercise I will be using Adobe Photoshop so I have imported the image, centered it and will begin working.

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I want this piece to have a sort of natural and organic feel. So instead of applying a solid color to the dresses I will be using images I shot myself to fill in the negative space. Think of it as a kind of digital collage if you will.

For the first dress a yellow seaside flower will be used. Here is the image:

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I’ll also be using the seaside shot for the other dress.

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To get this image where I want it on my drawing I will move it, resize it and then cut out the selected areas that I need using the Magnetic Lasso tool.

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With the Magnetic Lasso you can "trace along” the lines of your drawing, connect back to where you started and make a selection. After making your selection you should see the “dancing ants” showing you the area you now have selected.

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After this, with the layer that your selection is on selected use the command “SHIFT+J” to make a new layer from your selection. What you should now have is a neat cutout that fits into your selected area like this.

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You can then delete the original image that you made your selection from to ensure your work area stays neat and organized.

On the layer containing the cutout I will be applying some effects to make the selection more interesting. First I will do a gradient overlay. You can access your layer options by double clicking the layer of your choice. And selecting the effect you desire.

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The second treatment for this layer will be an Inner glow effect seen applied here:

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To note my gradient here is at 33% opacity using a Linear Light blend mode. The Inner Glow is a light green color set to 75% opacity.

I repeat the process with the clothing on the other model. This one is of a seascape image.

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The skin is one of my favorite things to color in and here I usually experiment with different visual effects as well. I usually choose a tone similar to that of my model and then use gradients, blend modes and burn and dodge to get the tones correct.

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I make a layer below the line art and clothing layer and select the areas I want with the magnetic lasso.

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For this image I imported another one of my photos to make the background. I played with the levels a bit to fade it out and this is the finished product.

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So until I join you all again. Keep learning, keep creating and stay humble...

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