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    Grant Gould: Step Three

    STEP THREE: After I scan the inked image (usually at 150 dpi, or if I’ll be printing it then 300 dpi), I make sure it’s in grayscale and adjust the contrast so that the blacks are solid. I then begin a working document and save it as a Photoshop document. I make a duplicate layer of the original drawing and choose the “multiply” option for that layer. I add all of my flat colors, and by this point I’ve switched back to RGB and am careful not to flatten my document. Using my mouse, I first select the different areas on the original layer and fill them in on the duplicate layer with base colors; then I zoom in and use the paintbrush to fill in the smaller areas. This is probably the most time-consuming part of the process for me, but it’s necessary, and if your flat colors don’t look decent, then it will only hurt your final image.

    And keep in mind, there are many, many different styles of digital coloring out there; this is just the way that I’ve been doing it. I enjoy the cell-shaded style.

    Posted by Tim Leong on March 28th, 2005 filed in Story Archive |

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