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TUTORIAL: Digital Paint in PS by Etoli TUTORIAL: Digital Paint in PS by Etoli
Whew! FINALLY. I've been busy, but mostly. . .I can just be a lazy arse sometimes. This being the case. I've been telling people I'll make a digital coloring tut for well about a year now. XD Well. . . it's here! Yay!

I didn't go into every finite detail of my painting technique simply because that would have been tedium just to read, let alone follow (not to mention the time it would have taken to put it together). What I've included in this tuturial are a number of simple steps and a few tips that will get you well on the way to coloring your sketches and lineart digitally in photoshop. Many of these techniques will apply similarly in programs like OC and Painter.

While some of this might be old news to the more veteran of digital painters, I really hope this can be helpful to those who are just starting out or are struggling with painting on the computer. Give it a try, and have fun!

Much :heart:, Kelli.

**Edit** Why won't DA let us have preview images anymore? It's so tacky! I had this great preview all ready and everything. . .
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puppybutter Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I messed up so much, I'm having so much trouble understanding this Waaaah! 
evilkunoichi Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
awesomeee!! im already, tryin this thx so mux ! OwO u rock
debellischew Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
cool. it is great tutorial.  I love it. you did great art work

I used  Mybrushes drawing software   which can record and playback my drawings but I could not draw art so nice as you.:) (Smile)
motherhoods Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
I know you did this tutorial years ago, but thanks. I'm just discovering digital art. By the way, I love your art.
namnammi Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
I lov u.........TY!!!! T0T
scorch289 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
elements 8 does not have a channels function i have to spend 12$ to get it... on some backwater website x.x that I dont trust putting my card information on ~ =\ meh... i have SAI but... it doesnt have this function D: just the fact i can erase over a layer :>
C62ry Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you can make your layer transparent in SAI easier: open the lineart file and go to layer(alt+L)>luminance to transparency(O) 
it should work :)
Ireneaa Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have been a lot of time looking for a tutorial like these
mija22 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Luv U
AffinityShy Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014   Filmographer
Thanks for taking the time to make this tutorial. I'm having a tough time getting colors just the way I want them, but this should help quite a bit. Thanks again!
Candycrystalxxx Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks so much! :D some really good tips here
Joe-Garcia Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! its a really good tutorial >< it help me a lot with my scanned sketch =D

BMLulu Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ah, much love for this! I'm starting to get the hang of digital coloring, but accents (i.e. blush) and shading still evade me. This will certainly help!
eduxs Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
WOW!!!!! Amazing :D!!! Thanks
JoannaMoory Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
I'm currently practising digital colouring and I find your tutorial most helpful. :aww: Thank you! :heart:
Ivyel Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013   General Artist
.. that won't burn your retinas.. ahaha :aww: awesome tutorial anyway.. I saw it some years ago and still return there sometimes :D
MarleyMoonflight Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:wave: Hello there,
I just stopped by to look at some tutorials through Deviantart and learn some more about digital art,
because I'm kinda new to it and would love to learn to draw and color digitally. So, I would like to thank
you for sharing this great and amazing tutorial. It really helped me out! ^^ Whihuu! Thank you very much!

Also your art is really beautiful! My compliments! Keep up the great work! ^^
SDMcCarty Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of the best tutorials I've read! Thank you so much for making it :)
Beautifulthuergist Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
I would love to see a tutorial on how you draw your people :3
Luis0004 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for this! It helped a lot!. But, wouldn't it be better by using "select range" on the sketch lines and then "Edit>Fill>Black" to turn them black instead of the "Alpha channel" process? just a question. Thank you very much : )
BattyeChan Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this tutorial is very good and makes colouring so much easier! thankyou : D
OnixMay Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this helped me so MUCH!!
firethrone Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I did my first digital painting finally, and this tutorial was extremely helpful with my lineart. I kept coming back to reread it. TY :)
FireLilyAS Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you SOOOOO much for this! I've been struggling with this for ages! Thank you!
sassy-pigeon Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was so RIDICULOUSLY useful! Thank you SO much! -^ __^- i've been drawing digitally for years, and yet, have never used this technique for lineart! It's so great! I've seen other tutorials about this sort of thing before, but they were never simple enough to follow that i bothered to try~ but i just went along step-by-step with your tutorial and SLAMACOW! worked out perfect! Thanks so much! <3 i can't wait to use it!
A-D-I-L Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Amaziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing you are a boss! make more pleaaaaaaas
HiMyNameIsCrash Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
sigismvndvs Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Student Filmographer
I have used this so many times; I have no idea why I haven't faved it yet. This tutorial is really epic :D
Darfi Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you veryyy much!!
Ordblin Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Me Happy Monkey. You very Cool :D Great workflow and fantastic tutorial! Thanks
Dreandrea13 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is GREAT!!!
shaunrodriguez29 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
awesome tutorial!
XenophiaSynesthesia Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
ConspiracyOfRavenz Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What kind of quality did you use to scan the picture? every time I scan mine I have different colored dots and its all jittery.
Nomasa Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist
Wonderful tutorial! Do you just shade with the one color in your paintings?
bellzy123 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv helpful!!!!!!!
tWeEdA Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student Filmographer
I have a problem where after I have my masked area for colouring, I can't seem to paint on the colours any lighter. they seem to only get darker and darker, and the white wont show up at all. it seems I can only go onto another layer to add lighter colour. but then that would defeat the purpose of masking the sketch in the first
MarinaVeselinovic Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very useful...VERY useful!!!! :love:
AshGUTZ Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011   Digital Artist
I wanted to thank you very much for this tutorial, the line art tip alone is such a blessing. I use nothing but solid color masks for my layer color so I agreed with a lot of the techniques you use, very efficient and inspired on this newest piece of mine today!


Thank you for the inspiration!
8-bit-Jesus Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Very nice tutorial. Brief, but full of useful tips.
ListenFight Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I... I think I love you.
This is glorious and exactly what I needed.
Almaloria Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god, thank you for this! Your art is so beautiful, and it's lovely to see how you do it. :D
PrisonerOnEarth Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the extremely helpful and delightful-to-read tutorial :)
MightyCoco Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
just tought i might add this... go to flamingpearl for photoshop filters and get one call ghost.. its in a bundle of free filters... it automatically takes away the white... instead of making that masking process of yours.. which i find very usefull by the way.
PrisonerOnEarth Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Would you mind telling us what is the URL for that 'flamingpearl' site, please? I couldn't find it with google.
Thanks in advance :)
MightyCoco Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
[link] click on the one at the bottom that say's free plugins. its a bunch of them.. i usually just use ''ghost'' but you might find a good use for them. enjoy. a bit of a late reply was away for a while!
PrisonerOnEarth Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for the help!
ryuukya Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Student Interface Designer
=.= hmm...i see! you made all of them girls, and sokka black! wonderfulness!! no but really great tutorial. i learned alot about photoshop that i didn't know about before it was very helpful.
Mad-Hattie Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
This is extremely helpful. Thanks!
JMRC24 Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
*YAY* cool... thanks for sharing... this is perfect -> now perhaps i can finally move from pencil sketch to digitaly coloring it as well.
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