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Dale Masters Image Tutorial by AndrewDickman Dale Masters Image Tutorial by AndrewDickman
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!
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:iconotakuotaku:
otakuotaku Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
Omigosh, why didn't I search here before reading those impossible books!!

Excellent tutorial!! will put it to practice immediately!!
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Sarius24 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007
Did a search and this came up XD
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tyoogoha92 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2006
awsome good tutorial...!
i love the finnish picture:XD:
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misterbean2000 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2005
Thanks oh enlightend one!
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ashraf882 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2005   Interface Designer
Thanks
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fox718 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2004
hmm, Im commenting so I can have it on my "activity" and come back to it. It may be helpful,
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luky-kun Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2004
Great Tutorial! I don't really dig Computer Coloring, but i think i may try this out.
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:iconorbytt:
orbytt Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2004
very nice tutorial
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mikaketsu Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2004
hmmm, interesting way of doing things, I'll have to try some of these techniques out. I like this picture because; 1.) It's really good, like all your art, 2.) It's informative, 3.) It gives us a small view into the inner workings of your brain...

of course... a small view into my inner worksings would be deadly, so there will be none of that.
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alinka Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2004
So THATS how all great masters are work! ^_^ NICEE!!!!!
And which version of phptpshop is that? O_O 5?!
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darkotaku Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2004  Student
Oh, this will surely be helpful. I'll :+fav: this baby so I don't lose track of it. Thanks for writing it :D
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Cartoon-Eric Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Must...get...WACOM tablet! Throw out...old AIPTEK!

I mean, that'll be a handy tutorial. Now when you colored the base colors did you color it by hand using the tablet or did you select regions and then fill it with the paint bucket?
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Cartoon-Eric Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Must...get...WACOM tablet! Throw out...old AIPTEK!

I mean, that'll be a handy tutorial. Now when you colored the base colors did you color it by hand using the tablet or did you select regions and then fill it with the paint bucket?
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freakin-socrates Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2004
Great tutorial! I'll be sure and give this a try when I finally get my wacom tablet. :D
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CassandraJames Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing tutorial! :heart:
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AzamiKaoru Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2004
where did u learn to do photoshop?
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Mechachu Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2004   Interface Designer
im gonna have to try this one out
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Shadowmanic Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool!
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NekoTsuki Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2004
nice
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:icondeviously-devi:
Deviously-Devi Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004  Student Digital Artist
this is amazing.. *fave*
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lugiayoshi Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004
You did the jewel thing a lot better than on my mysterious ship closeup type of jewels I attempted to do in Adobe Photoshop CS in Digital Designs class. [link]

I do need some more practicing on some of my stuff more often, but I still easily use the pen tool. Sadly there isn't a pen tool in Adobe Photoshop Elements 2 and I don't like that type of program.
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Illuminating Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004
looks GREAT

Although I don't get 7) and 9) that much --;
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chaos-shadow Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004
Hi!

Awesome tutorial! I think that was very helpful, now all I need to learn is to color coordinate. Awesome!
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martinhoulden Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004  Professional General Artist
congratulations in producing 83+ future clones of yourself ;)
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:iconmisake:
miSAKe Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004
a couple of interesting ideas in there,
nice
thx
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:iconradink:
radink Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004
well done!
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:iconambex:
ambex Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004
oooo this will help. X3
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:iconbrittsb:
brittsb Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004
nice tutorial; i esp like how u did the jewel
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stonedrabbit Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004
*points* Now I know your secret! O___O *runs away, cackling madly*
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snowlotus Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004  Hobbyist Writer
You are a god!!!
*sacrifices chickens voodoo-style*
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GlassWind Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004
OOOH!!! HAHA! Yes! That's the picture I LOVED! I really wondered how you colored and stuff. THANK YOU! :hoot:
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RPGProgrammer Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004
Not bad for a first tutorial,Andrew.
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zpawn Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004
neat
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Kevinkiwi Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004
woohoo! now we can all make photoshop crystals! :D
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Randelar Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004
Great tutorial. this definately gets a fave. Now, the only thing I need to learn how to do is draw..... hmmm, that'll take time..... Anyway, thanks for breaking a bit of Photoshop down for me :)
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andrewk Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004
I use a slightly different approach to duplicate the line layer and coloring, but we all have our own style!
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shaloneSK Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004
ooOoo, that helps :nod:z very nice tutorial :3 :clap:z
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Julesjustjules Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004
im guna save this for futur reference thanx
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Pepius Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004
Nice tutorial. It's nothing new for me, but you make it sound crystal clear.

The only thing is that maybe you should integrate the text in the image...
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Skippling Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004
I never gave PS a second look after I started in flash, but maybe I will now...wonderful tutorial, mate.
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timidvampire Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004
Since I don't know too much about PS terms, I can safely say that if I had the program, I'd use your tutorial. You've made the pictures very clear, and explained what to do well. :-)

*Goes back to looking at description box :o
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paxx-origin Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004
a great contribute to the DA community!
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:iconadder24:
Adder24 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
Now I know how to do draw propably. Your great
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ninja-artist Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004
I usually set the line art layer to "multiply" then use the "magic wand" tool to select closed areas in the lineart, then on a new layer, expand the selection by 1 pixel and fill it with the colour. But I hadn't thought of applying gradients to seperate layers! Duh.

Thanks, this'll help a lot!
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steve0 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2004
unreal. i love the explinationa dn the skill shown here!
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arcticcosmos Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2004
nice work. that has given me some new tips. not bad for ur first tutorial :D
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DigitalCrow Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2004
Always been a fan of your work :worship: I love the style and characters that you developed, they are so balanced and original. You are an inspiration and I can't wait to see what you do next :#1:
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Tokeijikake-Ki Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2004
This tutorial actually made Photoshop alot easier for me, thanks! :D Not to mention the pic in the example is also excellent :nod:
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lore-mx Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2004
Very nice. This will help me a lot. I now wish i was as good as you at coloring (hell, i wish i was as good as you at drawing)

I shall fav this. :D
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SpazzyKiti Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tutorials. Interesting and fun for all *giggles*
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