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Black and White Layer Study by radstylix Black and White Layer Study by radstylix
Study using black and white for shadows and highlights and using layer modes to achieve different effects.
No gradations or airbrush, just simple cel-shading. Didn't include multiply and screen as it's just the same effect with normal/no mode.

Made this study to see how close I can copy my coloring in Flash using Photoshop.

This is why I really really like using Flash for coloring and drawing in general as it's a snap to color using cel-shading. I think I could get it done in 1/3 the time in Flash. After making the flats though, it's pretty much the same as coloring in Flash. Of course, the disadvantage is that the effects and techniques I can do are limited compared to Flash.

I guess using other colors for the shadows and highlights would have been more useful but it needs to be done anyway. There's not much difference from hardlight to linear light, and if there is any, it's probably the difference in opacity percentage.

Things I liked here:
-Shadow of the skin using normal overlay and softlight. I don't like seeing black/gray as shadows for the skin. Blue's more natural I think.
-Hair highlights using overlay and softlight. Don't want it too saturated though.
-Hardlight/Vivid/Linear strong looks actually impressive in full size but I don't think I'll use them that much.
-Softlight looks the closest, maybe even better than the Flash version. Softlight wins overall!

Say, I'm curious how other people color in Photoshop. I learned through Digital Art Tutorials, and deciding to stick with their way as that's how a professional comic book artist colors.
Also, how do you guys do your lineart? I pretty much do everything in Flash now. I used to scan when making comics up until page 20 I think.
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Alessandro101 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Nice study,I found this useful,thanks.
radstylix Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. Just remember to use what "looks" right to you.
Kairu-Hakubi Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
man this is so far beyond me..
radstylix Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh don't say that.
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July 4, 2012
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