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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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Studio-Blueskies Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very useful tips, i learned alot from this thank you.
VoltroxAlexander Jul 17, 2013
Awesome tutorial. xD
Explosionen Jan 27, 2013
Thank you so much for this O_O
NorikoNyaaa Jan 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Excellent tutorial. Very well explained. Thank you!
Like holy fucking crap, ABUSE THAT TOOL.
Best advise evar. Sorry, anyone Else's argument is invalid.

Very nice tutorial and artwork :]
blackmoonproductions 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!
saydistance1 Sep 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very helpful. Thanks a lot.
Errational 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?
inklou 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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