Saturday, July 6, 2013

Aquila Coloring Tutorial


As you've probably already noticed, most of my graphic works have bright, vivid colors. I really can't deny the fact that I love colorful and contrasting pieces of art, so I decided to make a new tutorial about this. I will be using Photoshop, but this can be replicated in GIMP and I'll try to give you the right pointers to have a similar outcome.

For this guide, I'm using the new background found on the Wizard101 game launcher. As you can see, the picture is highly desaturated and colors are faded. I'll teach you how to make it colorful again, with nothing but layer modes and adjustments.

Step 1
Start off by cropping your picture as you see fit. I used dimensions of 500x250 pixels.


Step 2
Duplicate your base layer and set its blending mode to Overlay. Play around with the Opacity if you want, but I left those settings untouched. Now duplicate this new layer and set it to Soft Light. This is what you should have so far.


Step 3
Now we'll focus on that amazing door and try to draw the attention to it. For that, duplicate the last layer you obtained in the previous step and set it to Multiply. I know the picture has become too dark all of a sudden but don't worry, we'll fix that next! Create a layer mask by going to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All and with start painting with a soft, black brush at the middle of your layer mask. This will ensure that the area you painted on will be masked, while the rest will still be visible. Remember: black is invisible and white is visible!


Step 4
From here onwards, we'll be enhancing the faint colors we already have. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Selective Color and then use the following values for Yellows: -48, -6, +19, 0. On the same adjustment layer, go to Greens and use the following values:  +84, -35, 0, 0. This is how it looks so far.


Step 5
Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Selective Color and then use the following values for Neutrals: 0, -12, -21, 0. Duplicate this adjusment layer and use the following values for Neutrals: 0, 0, +17, 0 and lower the Opacity of that layer to 92%.




Step 6
Now, we'll work on those dark green tones. To do so, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Selective Color and use the following values for Greens: +100, -79, 0, 0. Duplicate this layer, leave the same values and set the Opacity to 77%.


Step 7
It's looking more colorful now, but we'll keep on intensifying the colors. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation and set Saturation to about +23. Duplicate this layer twice, keep the same setting on all 3 layers and lower the Opacity of the last one to 51%. You can keep repeating previous steps if you're not entirely satisfied with the outcome, but I'll leave mine as is.


I hope you'll like this and will find it useful. As usual, let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment below. Have fun and see you in the Spiral!


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