Join Ben Bishop for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding simple shading, part of Photoshop: Coloring Comic Book Characters.
- [Voiceover] Now that things are coming together…and we've got pretty close to the right colors in place,…we're looking at this guy, and he's looking a little flat.…Don't you think?…Depending on the style of the comic that you're making…or whatever, I tend to usually add in some shadows…and highlights and things like that.…For this demo, I'm gonna do one layer of shadow,…and I'm gonna show you how I quickly do that.…And it gives it kind of an animated feel,…because if you're watching a cartoon, you'll notice that…there's often just one layer of shadow in a lot…of cartoons nowadays, and I think it looks pretty cool.…
You'll see what that looks like as we go forward now.…But before we get into any of that, you can see,…on the side here, our layers are kinda starting to add up.…I don't wanna merge them, but I think I wanna make a group,…and just get them outta my face for a second.…So, go ahead and hit the folder button…down here to make a group, like I did.…Hit in the top one which should be Metal 1,…if you're in the same file as me,…
Ben takes the characters he created in Drawing Good and Evil Comic Book Characters and adds color, subtle shading, and simple environments with Photoshop. He shows how to prep your illustration and perform color flatting—simple color fills that save professional artists a lot of time. Along the way, Ben explains how to choose and apply color that feels authentic to the characters and environments you are developing.
- Color flatting
- Choosing the right colors for your characters
- Adding shading
- Drawing the background
- Creating atmosphere
- Adding shadows and highlights to the final scene