Join Ben Bishop for an in-depth discussion in this video Color flatting: Part two, part of Photoshop: Coloring Comic Book Characters.
- [Voiceover] With every step of this coloring process,…things should get quicker and quicker…and become a little bit more easier as you go,…and that's the whole point of doing this flatting.…You'll see the first example of that right here.…We're gonna take our magic wand tool and just…select all of your flat.…While we're at it, let's just name that layer Big Flat,…because that's our main flat.…We're not really gonna add anything else on that.…We always want to keep one layer, at least,…that has just the one solid color so we can…quickly grab our character and separate him…from whatever else might be in the image.…
All right, so make a new layer on top of Big Flat.…We're still selected here with the magic wand tool.…This is basically gonna save us time to not worry…about coloring outside of any of these lines,…which is awesome, it's like what we tried to learn…as a kid about coloring inside the lines,…now we don't have to worry about at all.…All right, so pick another color that you like,…any color you want, something easy on the eyes again.…
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