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PS Tutorial: Easy Coloring by lycanthropeful PS Tutorial: Easy Coloring by lycanthropeful
I got a bit sidetracked while coloring a commission (what else is new :|), but for once, something good came out of it! Voila! The result of my procrastination is, in fact, a tutorial!

I've seen other tutorials about the lasso and wand selection method, as well as using clipping masks, but never one together. I've never seen one about using a clipping mask for this, though, either, which is exciting. I learned that from someone's comments on a brush pack, I think.

SO CONVENIENT. I don't always use this method for bigger, more detailed works, but when coloring in simple lineart, this really does save you a lot of time.

Give it a shot! Let me know if you have any questions, and I will be happy to try and answer them. Enjoy!

Tools: MacBook, Wacom Graphire4 tablet, and Photoshop CS4.
Texture: From here.
Credit: This tutorial and Versa are *SaxGirl1010.


P.S., go check out the deviation Versa's pose is based off of. Also, does anyone else have a Frutiger fetish like I do? That is one awesome font.
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:iconjetweaver:
Jetweaver Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is helpful ^^
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you found it helpful!
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OmarEdwards Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
This is gonna help
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:iconlycanthropeful:
lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad it could be useful for ya! ;)
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wolffoetowtech Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
vary cool
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SilverDreamer101 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
FINALLY! Someone who tells me how to not color outside of your line art! Thanks so much!
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:iconlycanthropeful:
lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! This method isn't foolproof, and sometimes it takes some tweaking, but I've found it useful. Thank you! I'm glad I could help! =D
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SilverDreamer101 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Oh my god you have no idea how much trouble I've been having without Clipping masks. You really saved me there.
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bosyosy1015 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Wow, you do it the exact same way I do. I'm glad I'm not the only one, haha!
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:iconlycanthropeful:
lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Good to hear! I don't always use this technique, but it sure is helpful.
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bosyosy1015 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Yeah. I've learned that coloring over on a new layer first, then masking it using the lineart layer works well. Then of course clipping masks for the shading.
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LaDarkA117 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Student Filmographer
I so need it.....
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:iconlycanthropeful:
lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the :+fav:, I hope it is helpful! :)
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:iconladarka117:
LaDarkA117 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Student Filmographer
yw
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dragonbex Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Student Digital Artist
thanks for this tutorial! it will help me speed up anything i want to colour in photoshop now :D
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:iconlycanthropeful:
lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! I hope it helps! :)
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TigerStarcatcher Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Thanks so much for this. I am still learning the ins and outs of Photoshop.
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:iconmygrudge:
myGRUDGE Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I've never used selections before, I'll have to give that a try if I ever get a tablet.
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:iconlycanthropeful:
lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This works well without a tablet, too, since it limits the amount of actually tedious coloring you have to do. Even with a mouse or trackpad this helps!
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PenningtonBeast Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks for making this!
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:iconlycanthropeful:
lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite welcome! I hope it's helpful in some way. :)
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NinjaBaker Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
hmmmm now if only I actually coloured my line art in Photoshop.
I should get on that. bleh.
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:iconhyrule-phantasian:
Hyrule-Phantasian Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
easy coloring is easy lol well, its probably REALLY easy if someone had photoshop lol i'll have to remember this the day i actually get a copy of photoshop
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Though this is, of course, mostly handy for Photoshop, I'd recommend getting a copy of the GIMP. It's free. That's what got me started in digital art. You can do just about everything you can in Photoshop with the GIMP. :)
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Hyrule-Phantasian Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
what the heck is GIMP? D: i hope it doesnt cost $400...
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No no no, it's entirely free (legally, I mean. It's open source software, so it is MADE to be free). You can download it that the GIMP website. GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. Look through my gallery starting around 2006-2008... those are all made with the GIMP, not Photoshop. In its regard, it does just about everything Photoshop can do, and is very easy to learn.

I don't remember everything I could do on GIMP, but in the case that you do download it, feel free to ask me questions. There's also a group about it on dA, one of many. Go check out #the-gimp for more resources. :)
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Hyrule-Phantasian Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
coolio i'll have to check that out too...i think morgan mentioned it to me once but im not sure which program she was talking about. probably that one.

if i do download it, i'll be sure to ask questions! thanksies~
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AndyPK Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional Photographer
GIMP is free
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:iconhyrule-phantasian:
Hyrule-Phantasian Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
thanksies~
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AndyPK Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
no worries
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Stargirl41393 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
I've always used the magic wand-way to color, but this clipping mask will make things so much easier!
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:iconlycanthropeful:
lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed! I hope this is helpful! :)
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shadowwolf9 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
Must. Attempt. O_O

I've been doing it the hard way lately. I suppose for this method to work though, the line art has to be gap-free, right?
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I didn't mention that, but if you just take a black small brush and fill 'em in, that will solve that problem! :)
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BecSparrow Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
Oh, I'm very much so clueless about PS masks, instead I just preserve transparency and use that to stop colouring out of the lines X3
Nice tutorial <3
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Also, as a bonus, I made the top and bottom purply textured banners with clipping masks. They're VERY useful things, especially if you ever foray into Adobe Illustrator.

If you're interested in other uses the clipping masks has, I suggest checking out =sugarpoultry's awesome tutorial about them. Hers was, amazingly, the first thing that informed me as to what a clipping mask was. I thought I knew a lot of the ins and outs of Photoshop, but I guess not!
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BecSparrow Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
Ooooh! How interesting! Just when I think I know most everything about PS I'm proved wrong XD
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
D'oh! I learned that way once, but have since forgotten it. I think this method is great, though, even though it requires a lot of layers.
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BecSparrow Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
Ah, with preserve transparency, you just click a button, however it requires working on one layer unless you make duplicates :3 It's the first little square button on the left underneath where it says layer type and next to where it says lock :3
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I've used it before, but I totally forgot how it works. Thanks for the reminder :B
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IchikoWindGryphon Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can tell I'm gonna eed this soon! :V

Thanks for sharing!
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite welcome! :la:
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