Hi there, this is my first tutorial, I'm not much of a teacher, but I do my best as I can. I hope this might help some who are looking to color images like this. i have several of my own methods, and I'm not sure if this is similar to someone elses method. If there is a similar method, use theirs
; I'll try to explain best I can.
1) I usually start off one of my images on Open Canvas to save paper. Wacom Tablets are a God-send for me. I make two layers, both set on multiply, I "pencil" in a sketch of the image I want to make with a light blue color. The second layer above that is the "inked" part of the image. After that's through, I delete the "pencil" layer sketches and save the image as a bitmap (for quality) Drawing images larger helps quality for these images too when coloring in Photoshop.
2) Now that we're in Photoshop, it's time to color the image. YOu have ot make the inked image the top most layer, select all, cut and paste to make it a new layer, and remember to set the layer to Multiply. Make multiple layers underneath the inked image, each layer is going to be either a separate part of the image, or one color of the entire piece. Sometimes it helps to make a flat color as the background layer, or to make sure that you're not missing parts while you color, leave the BG white. Label each layer so you know what it is for under the properties of each layer. Now that each layer is set, color the areas you need using the paint tool. Filling in the blank spaces needed
3) The image is now in flat color. To make sure you haven't missed anything, turn the bg layer on or off, if it has a bg color. It'll help pinpoint areas you've missed.
4) Now marks a very strenuous part of coloring, the shading. This is where the airbrush tool relaly comes in handy as well as the wacom tablet. It helps out the pressure and the darkness of the color when you shade. If you have multiple areas, you might wnat to use the lasso selection tool to surround parts you want to shade, that keeps the other areas unshadable until later. Set the airbrush to multiply, and use a lighter shade of the color you're shading, OR set the color to a light grey. it may take a few strokes of the brush to get your shade in.
5) Everything is shaded, it's time to link all the layers with color and Merge the linked layers. Leave the inked layer and the BG layer untouched, or else you won't be able to edited the other layers correctly.
6) A little touch up for the image, I selected the outer layer of the inked layer, and then inverted the selection, making sure only the inked image was surrounded. After that, I made a new layer with a low opacity, and used the gradient fill tool to make a sort of shadow. It's not relaly that important, but I thought I'd point it out.
7) The crystal was another issue. I set a new layer, even over the inked image. The layer properties are normal. Using the straight line lasso tool, I made a pointy shape, having the colors being set on a low opacity as I filled them. I made other shapes over those shapes to make a lighter and lighter color. After that was complete, I used the Airbrush tool to make a bright shine in the middle.
8) The bg can now be meddled with, for this particular image, I made a custom gradient with the desired colors. Fill the background using the gradient tool set at radial.
9) Now that everything is set, the minor speckling of light shines are added, using the airbrush tool. Very lightly, set only the neccessary areas for shines. Not ever spot facing the crystal will work, only the areas nearest the crystal. It helps believe the dark shade near the bottom of the image.
10) Viola! I hope that helped!