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Colour and Atmosphere Tutorial by inklou Colour and Atmosphere Tutorial by inklou
The finished piece is here: [link]

you need to at least know your basic way around PS to fully understand this. I didn't bother to include how to practically execute all the settings, but feel free to ask me about it nonetheless!

The subject matter was originally supposed to be Nick from L4D2, but I changed it the last minute because that picture involves a background and I really want to get this silly thing over and done with lololoolololl sorry Nick. So have Bumi instead who is just as awesome.

So uh, I recently promised a tutorial and here it is! Yeah, freaking nerve-wrecking and I swear if this gets a DD like my last tutorial I'm going to make whoever's responsible into shoes. Alright I'm in a hurry to sleep and then head off to the land of the eagles dripping with freedom for 2 days, so I'll be back by Monday.

I guess this tutorial is aimed for anyone that isn't an advanced...PS/colour theory artist or whatever for there ain't much fancy stuff going in there, just really straightforward skills I've learned and just...feel like sharing I guess.

So yeah, I know that I didn't really show how I actually colour LOOOOL uh sorry about that, I'll do one some time later.

Anyways I honestly do not know what I'm talking about anymore because I am tired brainwrcked rofl

Feel free to leave questions and I'll try to answer them huff
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WolfCryi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015   Digital Artist
Very interesting, good point about the reflected light on the opposite side of an object from the light source, something to keep in mind. Also like the way you did the finishing touches/ adjustments to this. 

Thanks for taking the time to make this tutorial.
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DisturbingGreen Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
i want to cry this is amazing
thanks so much for this
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alice33s Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Student
dude you are awesome! and i actually get how you color here. but in any way, it was totally worth it thanks a bunch man!! 
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wangqr Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hi Nataliee, Chrissy here. I just realized that I have already saved this tutorial of yours before I knew this is u! (o-o) u r such an awesome artist! Keep up the great arts especially Hannibal fanarts *drools* and I'm glad that i finally found u here :XD:
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Studio-Blueskies Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very useful tips, i learned alot from this thank you.
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VoltroxAlexander Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Awesome tutorial. xD
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Explosionen Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Thank you so much for this O_O
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NorikoNyaaa Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Excellent tutorial. Very well explained. Thank you!
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MartinCi Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
nice :D
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TheAssasino Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist
Like holy fucking crap, ABUSE THAT TOOL.
Best advise evar. Sorry, anyone Else's argument is invalid.

Very nice tutorial and artwork :]
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black-white-check Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so, so much for taking the time to make and post this! My colours look terribly flat and it's all well and good to study colour theory, but it helps me so much more to see it used step-by-step. This helps me immensely!
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saydistance1 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very helpful. Thanks a lot.
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Errational Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Suppose I wanted to paint someone with black hair. How would that work? On a topic somewhat related to this, what if a main part of the character's color pallette was black?
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inklou Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
having a 'black' palette doesn't mean it has to be black - remember, how a colour projects in your eyes completely depends on other colours surrounding it. Say, if the overall tone of your picture is extremely light (ex pastel), you can totally use colours like a dull dark brown or dark grey to paint black hair, and it will look convincing enough. It is not realistic (quite boring actually) to shade in pure black anyways, as no matter the colour of the material, it will always absorb other colours in its environment because every material in itself reflects light.

So this applies to your second question as well. Since every material reflects light, if you're standing inside a cave lit with candles, some parts of your jacket will reflect orange. Another clean example would be a picture of Catwoman's suit: [link]

Almost 90% of her suit, if you colour pick it in Photoshop, is actually grey-blue (and not pure grey either! This makes everything look less dull.) instead of real black. But it looks convincingly black in your eyes, right?

I hope this answers your questions!
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Errational Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot! I have a lot to learn.
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Actressgirl88 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really helpful! But how do you make the sketch on a new layler?
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IVbenjamin Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the eyedropper tool :D
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mumblingRain Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What brushes do you use?
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TonyDennison Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Eyedropper tool, eh? I'll have to start playing around with that...
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phobialia Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Really useful. I will try this soon, thanks for sharing (:
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Katarjana Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Any insight to process is helpful. Thank you for taking the time!
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JayWorx Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Whoa... o.o This is an incredible tutorial... too bad my skills are too lame to be able to follow such epicness :D
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Aureta Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing tutorial! It's very insightful.
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nupao Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I have to give you a proper thanks! But right now I don't have the time... wait I have a question... What if I'm painting a black suit? What colors to choose?
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inklou Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Black would still have colours reflected off of it. It also depends on the material of course, for example, a black leather jacket would have more highlights and also more relfected colours bouncing off of it cus of the smooth surface. But keep in mind that even though your suit is black, never use pure black to paint unless you're shading in the absolute darkest areas (such as clothing folds underneath the armpits or whatever). Remember that how dark a colour looks entirely depends on its relation to other colours in the picture. If you want your black suit to look black, use lighter colours on everything else, etc.
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MsSunnyMuffins Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I colored a leaf using your style. What do you think?
[link]
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MsSunnyMuffins Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so smart. It's not fair. That whole. add depth to the hand thing,never would've gotten that. Here I thought my latest drawing [link] was a masterpiece, but it's way to saturated, has no depth, and look at his head, WHY SO LUMPY?!? Man, I want to soak up some of your artistical smartness so I can get on your level.
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JinjooHat Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for the helpful tutorial and cheers for eyedropper abusers :iconcoolplz:
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CatalystOfTheSoul Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Y-you...

TOTALLY spazzed out reading this. THANK YOU so much for making such a helpful tutorial!!!!!!!!
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JustIRaziel Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
holy fuckingcrapp ..thx ;D
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Chetterbox Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student General Artist
More helpful than a lot of tuts I've ever read. You friendliness and buddy-buddy nature helped me connect LOL. ty for it!
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NBQuaternion Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you sharing! this will be useful for us! thank you :3
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periwinklepaints Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
this is SUPER helpful! Thank you for uploading!
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rayne-rain Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Great tutorial! And really helpful too! :iconiloveitplz:
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LiBoggs Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student General Artist
This is stunning! Thank you so much for explain your coloring process! It's awesome!
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xEternalSkyx Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a great tutorial but the text is a bit small D:
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inklou Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Did you hit the download button? :)
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xEternalSkyx Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh... I never thought of that.... lol thanks!
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ummiehummie Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Thank you for your time :>
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TimVithor Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice!

The color tips will be really useful to me.
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jebiblue Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
this is exactly what I needed, I cannot thank you enough! Q____Q
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ARTabstraction Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you....
TT_TT
So very very much...
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cciintra Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
most useful tutorial EVER. :heart:
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lightshelter Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
thanks for your hard work ; u ; the picture looks amazing and so does the tutorial!

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eLWrey92 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Much appreciated, thanks! :D
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InYuJi Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
this is helpful. I only know basics of value shading, but color atmosphere. Never really heard of it till now. Thank you ^^. I will experiment with this
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PaintingSymphony Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
great Tutorial! :dummy:
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ReyalsPathelion Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is an awesome tutorial. Nice work! :)
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Kiara2909 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank You sooo much! :heart:
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This is incredibly helpful! :D Bravo and thank you! *saves*
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