Join Ben Bishop for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing the right colors for your characters, part of Photoshop: Coloring Comic Book Characters.
- [Voiceover] Now that our guy is all flatted…and all the colors and different pieces are separated,…we can start thinking about what colors…we actually want our character to be.…So, we can do that by changing each piece…at a different time,…which is one of the great things…about the color flatting process.…So, for example, I can select this metal arm here,…and then I can go up to Select + Similar…and it will select all of that metal.…Or, another way to do it,…because I know there's a million ways…to do a million things in Photoshop,…is to select outside of that purple color,…and then go up to Select + Inverse.…
And you should have all that purple selected now.…So once that's all selected,…it's up to you if you want to make a new layer on top of it…where you try out some different colors.…Or, just change that purple right inside that layer.…So, I'm going to go ahead and make a quick pick…for some kind of metal, so it's a lighter gray.…This is a great example…of why I didn't flat in the lighter gray,…is because it's so similar to the background.…
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