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How I Colour by moni158 How I Colour by moni158
*My colour wheel is all wrong :iconotlplz: use this one if you want the correct complimentary tones [link]

How I colour ^^!

How I DO IT, not an official guide of how it must be done. Colouring is some thing that is done differently for each individual and may differ according to colouring preference.

Also its very very vague about colour theory, and doesn't mention secondary or tertiary colours, I suggest looking into the colour theory concept since it gives a lot more insight in how to colour. ^^

If you have any questions about any of the 2 programs mentioned in the guide, feel free to ask.

( I am sure there will be spelling errors,(I have spotted a few already) you can point them out but I won't be able to change them I accidently merged all the layers....:ohnoes:)

Programs used - Paint tool sai, Photoshop CS3- I also use a Wacom intuos 3
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TFSakon Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
Thank you :D
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fuegokid Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012   Filmographer
It's nice that you share how you work. It's rather interesting to look at how someone else does things.
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Luuky Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist
Thank you! Its very very useful! Because a lot of colouring tuts are in photoshop or other programes and i have SAI to. Its the best tut! :) (and your art is amazing!!! :3)
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shiramonderer Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
You are Awesome! No doubt! Thank you for making this
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MovieMowDown Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you have pen tab?
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Dark-Merchant Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
do you know how to save colours in a palette in sai? =) I know it has SOMETHING to do with the eyedropper tool...
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GingerDrink Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
have the color you want set as the main color.
Then right click on one of the little boxes and click "set color"
apparently you can do it with the "s" key too, but it never works for me.
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CatmanIX Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
The wheel you linked is also incorrect, and there are actually two true sets of primary colours:

1 - The one your computer (and all other devices with monitors/screens/projectors/etc.) uses is the primary colours of light which are Red, Green, and Blue. You use these colours to create others when you are manipulating the light being PROJECTED. [link]

2 - The one traditional artists (and other things you do with physical mediums) uses is the primary colours of art which are Cyan, Magenta and Yellow. You use these colours when manipulating the light being REFLECTED from an object. [link]

The one you have been using is from ancient times that many artists used before scientists had time to look at the mathematics behind colour theory and find the true primaries, this unfortunately has endured despite this due to the lack of the people teaching it actually knowing anything about it ^^;
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icee-eyez Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Student General Artist
the only problem i saw with this is the 3 colors are red, blue, and green.... not red blue yellow... o.o
BESIDES THATTTTT i like how you color :)
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GaaraJapanime Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks you gave me inspiration....As usual ;)
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Deathshot000 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011   General Artist
actually your color wheel is right, at least when using digital mediums where the image is composed of light. pigment reacts differently although red blue and green are still in a technical sense correct it is easier to use magenta cyan and yellow with paint and other traditional pigment.

sorry got of topic, bottom line your right Johanny- boy's wrong and this is a very useful and quite well done tutorial
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dark-mask91 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very very very uuuuusefuuuul!!!
damn, this is more than what i needed!
thanks alot and keep them comin' ;P
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IVbenjamin Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very usefull for painting! :D
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kinexz Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
this is awesome. But the complemtary colours are wrong I think. You shouldn't use the colourwheel in SAI to explain comlementary colours, instead you should use Johannes Itten's. If you use his colourwheel to explain, it will be correct to say that they are the opposite colours of each other.
[link]

This is the correct complementary colours
Yellow- Purple
Red-Green
Blue- Orange

just take a look at the colours you used as an example, don't you think the purple and yellow or the red and green one has bigger contrast?
But then again your examples wasn't so bad because the green you picked actually has a lot of yellow in it and the light blue you picked for the red one has some green in it ^_^
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konzbunz Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student General Artist
hehe the complementary colors depend on if you are talking about pigments or light ;D the ones she listed are light complementary colors
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moni158 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Student Filmographer
It has been brought to my attention already, but thankyou, I will have a look at that ^^
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Ramib Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
this is really nice but the complementary color thing is confusing me.
in the color wheel I saw in art classes yellow and purple are complementary but in this wheel it's yellow and blue? in art classes red and green and here red and cyan? D: I remember that sometimes I drew in paint and inverted the colors and the colors where inverted like in this tutorial's complementary: red to cyan, yellow to blue etc, those are complementary too?
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moni158 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Student Filmographer
>.>?

meh I did colour theory last year...but maybe I am a little rusty..hence why I didn't say much on it.

Though I do find the opposite colour does work quite well.
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Ramib Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
why the >.>?

I think we're both right xD I searched in wikipedia [link] and what I've understood is that; for example red and green are complementary in an artistic way but red and cyan are more precise, maybe they're just different modes. thanks.
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Deathshot000 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011   General Artist
its actually that the human eye can see three colors, red, blue and green. so from a technical stand point those are the primaries when dealing with light, i.e. from a computer screen, however when using pigment, i.e. paint, you are filtering what light reflects and you build via secondary colors, yellow cyan and magenta.

the confusing part comes from people who are familiar with the out dated primaries, red blue and yellow, try to fit them in to their understanding of the actual color spectrum and replace switch cyan and magenta with blue and red to make their previous knowledge fit with whats actually true
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Ramib Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
oh wow, thanks!
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Deathshot000 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011   General Artist
of course ^^
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ElementalIsis Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So on paint tool sai i really dont know how to make a picture look painted like you can. Like ppl say to use the watertool but i do and it just looks shaded it doesnt look painted. I guess that's not a very good descrtiption of it. Basically i guess what i'm asking is what is your watertool's normal settings when you paint to make it look all pretty and painted and stuff? :(
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MonPetitPapillon Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Now i don't have to wonder why your so awesome ^-^
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ciara2cool Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Student General Artist
:iconiloveyouplz::iconiloveyouplz::iconiloveyouplz::iconiloveyouplz::iconiloveyouplz::iconiloveyouplz::iconiloveyouplz::iconiloveyouplz: (times infinity)

this is so helpful! Thank you <3
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xEvILbUnNyx321 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
wat brushes do u use in paint tool sai cus this is verry helpful but idk wat brushes to use ther soo many and im a newb wen it comes to my bamboo pen and touch and sai in gerneral
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luckyleo13 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
MFW coloring tutorial: :iconiloveyouplz:
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LesKore Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist
I swear you can read my mind. Just yesterday I was wondering how on earth you did your coloring...THANK YOU!
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99rupees Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you lost me at color curves xD i'm still so lost in photoshop. -___- this definitely is in more plain english xD need to mess around with it some more.

your tips and tutorials have really helped a lot in my development over the past..however long i've been watching you. i'm sure i speak for many when i say thank you! ( :
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PIMI1023 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
nice
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Shootingstarmari Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
this might be a stupid question, but what does overlay/multiply
do? and what is it used for? >_>;;
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Washu-M Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011   General Artist
At times like these I really hate being colorblind.... :cries:
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Apolloyue Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome X3
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xXRe-Kindled-FlameXx Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
That was pretty helpful, thanks!
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Lightmark Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
..i should just start watching you instead of favoriting
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DeiDei-kun777 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Student
I really like how you explain things~ Very easy to understand and sounds not as complicated!
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cwilson311 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
Fantastic tutorial :). Love all the references to theory blended into practicability with the Top 2 painting/editing programs today. Would definitely be excited to see more of these!
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Okitaru369 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is a great tutorial c: <3 Great job
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TheLegendofAge Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dammit T_T

This looks so complex, I will read this multiple times when I get home xD
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ShiroShinigami Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah.. this looks a bit too difficult for me to do.. owo;; //shot
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velvetfoxxy Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
woa thanks! this is helpfull!
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OminousHaze Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist
Does Photoshop CS3 come with the Intuos tabet Or is it seperate?
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MaAnMujunkie Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Student General Artist
It's separate, but you can get Photoshop Elements free with the Wacom Intuos 4, and by installing PSE get a discount on the CS4 version of Photoshop.
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OminousHaze Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist
Oh thats cool.
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Sayuki007 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
These kind of things are VERY helpful to me! Thanks for uploading them ^^
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Angle-Pie Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing, thank you so much. ^_^
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InYuJi Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'd agree with you as well. i just color in a way that I prefer. It's personal. But these are great tips.
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kasumixkira Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is pretty helpful. Thanks for taking the time to make and share.
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SilverandZuko Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Student General Artist
omgomg thank you so much! this is great!
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TheWolfNinja Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
This is great! :D
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