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Photoshop Painting Tutorial by ionen Photoshop Painting Tutorial by ionen
My coloring tutorial done of my character Adel.


What did you use?
-Photoshop CS2 w/ a Wacom Intuous 3 Tablet.

Why Photoshop?
-I've had bad issues with Painter, Photoshop has a lot more tools and can have a lot of the same custom brushes. Photoshop is not the ultimate best choice, but it works the best for what I want.

Whats with the moles?

I can answer anything else if there are any questions.
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EternallyJelly Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  New Deviant Student General Artist
Thank you so much! This helped me greatly.
LadyQueenofHearts Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this!!
elparasito Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
I'm too late again, I wish I could turn back time to ask you so many things
totosaki Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i really love this and the whole info line that you did. keep up sistah!!! 
OriginalSin94 Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Student Interface Designer
how many layers do you use for the coloring process?
Kanika-Clematis Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What tools did you use between steps 3 and 4?
theyakate Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Student Artist
archangeraguel Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Good tutorials!! Thank you :D. So in your opinion the painting effects that we can find in painter can we do the same things with photoshop??
bedmoss Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for sharing your process! I'm quite new to Photoshop so I'm sure this'll help a lot. :D
Koogleblitz Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how did you get rid of the line work?
Dr-Killswitch Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student General Artist
i ask the same question. or atleast make it more thin. 
Tea-Adoptables Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I believe they just erased it to make it thin.
Dianote Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
TheRealmDweller Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this, noticed a couple of unexplained gaps but a little experimentation is all it should take to figure out in my own unique style :)
pinato-nine-chan Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I got a bit confused o.o but it was really good! 
Tharshinaa Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
How did you get the black outlines to be a different colour?
Koogleblitz Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i dont understand what you mean by "general curve for skin"
Patchy9 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see that you change up your brush opacity depending on what type of coloring you're doing. Do you ever use pen pressure to manage opacity, or is it just easier to change it manually?
SundayMilk Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How the heck did you do that lineart I just...huh?
Aurick92 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very informative.... Loved it!!!
Frodofox Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How did you get the skin texture? Just a bunch of little dots? 
VictoriousMiss Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, the painting that a tool you used to smooth out the colors? Im pretty new to photoshop so im still trying to work out the purpose of tools. 
blacktool33 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
this is incredible amazing  La la la la 
Donovv Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Your skin color curve saved my life. Thank you SO much :iconiloveitplz:
MAD-Ina Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool!! ^ ^
eddywardster Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Student General Artist
This tutorial really helped me. I'm going to practice more with this. Thank you so much for this tutorial.
Phesant33 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks heaps
apeman505 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Very helpful tutorial, thank you very much for making this! :)
Pr0by Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Ty a lot it really nice
Chrisbobomb Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a great resource! Thank you for the tutorial!
lepapillon9572 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student
rikki00 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
how do you make your lines so solid looking? Everytime I do it, the lines are soft and yucky looking. do you use pen for outlining? or is it just a brush?
ionen Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Might depend on the brush you're using. I use a solid brush in photoshop, it has a hard edge to it.
rikki00 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ok! thankies~
BlackArtist321 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
I can't seem to find this "Solid Brush". Is it a preset?
kolsyrad123 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Great work! Very useful, thank you :)
babango Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Student General Artist
I really like the yellow back-light you put in, helpful tutorial :)
Kirokami Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I just got Photoshop and some parts of it are quite confusing, but your tutorial is very useful and it's helped me out a lot :D
PaulSG08 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
May I ask how did you make your lineart thinner throughout the process? And also since your line art was thick during the start; when you made it thinner did you have to fill in the spaces left by the thick lineart with paint? or were they already painter under the thick line art?

(sorry if it seems confusing)
ionen Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
If they're really rough lines, I'll do a new layer over and just redo the lines. Otherwise I'll trim them.
LegendaryRey Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Cool!! Is this character yours?
Uzucake Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Sorry for the brand new comment..(Wanted to save your message, Haha) So you only used the brush tool to color and smudge? I cant seem to find out how you smudge things together is there a different brush tool you use for that? Sorry if Im bothering you, this is extremely helpful! Thank you so much for replying back.
ionen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Smudging tools in general don't give you enough control. I blend by having a low opacity brush and brushing several times to create a gradient. Just the hard brush at 30-50% opacity. [link] Might explain a little better.
Uzucake Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Ive reread this tutorial SO MANY times and I just dont get it. What brushes did you use to get the solid coloring?(The first step) And what tool did you use to smudge it together and make it look smooth and solid? (2nd step) When Im done with the first step I cant figure out how to smudge it together and make it flow. I end up trying to paint over it and it looks REALLY terrible. Ive been going around looking at different tutorials and NO ONE is being pacific about anything and I REALLY want some help. Im dieing to learn how to color like this in photoshop and I cant find anyone that talks about each tool they used and what settings its on. If you do ever read this message do you think you could help me out a little bit? It would be highly appreciated, your artwork is incredible!
ionen Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I just use the solid basic brush. Honestly there's not some super secret or set of tools for shading for most people. I simply keep the brush at about 30% and pick an in between color using the color picker 1-3 times a second. A lot of it is just practicing a ton.
Muramasa777 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
phildar72 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Vraiment bien ce petit tuto... merci bcp ;-)
Mekenshonitin Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
this is very nice. I like that you kept everything simple. I faved this for reference.
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