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  11 November 2012
Unhappy Need help, adding color to Grayscale

First of all, i'm new here, Hello

I'm a beginner 2d artist i draw and paint in Photoshop, i have no formal digital art education but I've been using Photoshop for several years now. I have an old Intuos 3, i usually draw directly in Photoshop and then paint it or draw on paper and scan to Photoshop.

Recently i saw a video of one of my favorite 2D artists and he had a way of painting that i really liked. He did all the Values in gray scale (I used to do this) and after all the light and shadows are done he does 3 additional copies of the picture in 3 different tones (RGB) then he somehow merges them and has a full color version of the Gray scale he did. I don't know how does this work.

The way i used to do it, i made a gray scale with all my values and then add hue/saturation or other correction layers to get the color in; but what happened was that it destroys my solid blacks and solid whites so it doesn't look as natural.

Whats the best way to go around this? I notice professionals just pick up colors and trow them in like with a real painting, but im not anywhere near that proficient yet. I like the Grayscale/Values method. I also always start with a complete drawing.

Thanks for your help

Last edited by Zeriel : 11 November 2012 at 08:20 PM.
  11 November 2012
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