Digital Coloring: turning a pencil or ink drawing into a digitally colored image | Gianna Meola | Skillshare

Digital Coloring: turning a pencil or ink drawing into a digitally colored image

Gianna Meola, I draw things!

Digital Coloring: turning a pencil or ink drawing into a digitally colored image

Gianna Meola, I draw things!

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4 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Lesson 1

    • 3. Lesson 2

    • 4. Lesson 3

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About This Class


This class will teach you how to turn a hand drawn image into a flat colored digital file. You will learn how to clean the image in photoshop, edit line art, turn white backgrounds transparent, and some tips for making coloring a bit less time consuming. 

This class is good for photoshop beginners. 

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Gianna Meola

I draw things!


Gianna Meola is an illustrator and cartoonist. She works mostly in editorial and advertising!

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1. Introduction: Hi, everyone. My name's John a meal, and I work in illustration In this class, I'm going to teach you how to clean up scan line are in color using Photoshopped. Um, for this class, I'll be using two different examples, this one and this one just to show you different line qualities. And, uh, So what you're gonna need for this class is, uh, either your own scanned Leinart, or you can use the staple I've I've allowed for you. So I'm excited to get started and, uh, click on to the next class. 2. Lesson 1: So the first thing you have to do is clean up the scan itself. And in less than one, I'm gonna teach you how to reorient the image, change the tones and edit out any issues you might have with your line work. So first things first. Um, you have to What? I won't. This is maybe optional, but I like Teoh unlock all the background layers and then I like to duplicate them, just in case there is an issue. So just do this and you just double click the image on market impressed layer option and just selects, uh, duplicate. So there we go on. Now we're going to orient it. Just go to image rotation under image, and then select which way you want it to be. You in the rotation, Okay. And you can see what this one. There's a bit of, ah issue with the mine where it's at an angle. So what we want to do is rest, command, and then the quotation that will open up the grid and then you can go toe free transform just even that out a little bit. So it looks a little better. There we go, then. we can crop it. That's not super necessary. But it's nice to just keep things a little bit meat here. So there we go. Hand. We did the same thing with this one. Ukrop this at. Just keep the file. You know, small one organized there. Okay, so after this, we're going to change the tones of the image. This will help in the long run when we're removing the background color. Um, you know, whatever the background tone. So we go Teoh image adjustments, curves, and then you see these little color picker tool things. What you do is you select the white tool and then you press the weight and you see it gets a little lighter. Then we'll actual, same thing. Um, little weight doesn't look. Wait, wait enough. I just wanna fix that, OK, open your sex. Okay. And same thing with this one. You go press adjustments, curves. Make sure that when you take the dark, you go to the darkest part of the image and you can see there's a little bit of an issue in the background. So first go here, and then we select one of these mid tones and removed that There you go. Now it's all little bit cleaner. And you see there's, you know, some sort of issues from time to time with the lines, and you could do here is and then you can take weight. Just a regular fresh tool. And if I wanted to say, remove some of this, that's not Wait. You want Teoh remove some of the freckles? That's fine. If you wanted to fix the smile a little bit, do that as well. Just, uh, keep things will even free transform with that a little better. Sort of goofy, actually. Terrifying. Fix this down a little bit. Actually, you could always put like a white tone of the back. The transparency kind of freaks you out. Yeah, so just, you know, fixing up the some of the tones there. And, you know, maybe I'll fix the I some point, but right now it's just a test. So and same with this one. Just a little bit of issue you're here and that you could always see this editing part later. Um, just that I prefer toe the white on white rather than transparent. Transparent. So I like to do the cleaning up here it was actually is ideally always better to just make clean lines normally. So, grace. There you go. Now we're ready to move on to part two. 3. Lesson 2: So for lesson Teoh, I'm gonna teach you how to take the backgrounds and make them transparent. It's fairly easy. I'm gonna teach you two different ways and hopefully you'll find the one that works the best for you. So for this one, I'm gonna teach you gonna goto channels, Um, select this sort of circle thing at the bottom of not sure what it's called. Go and select in verse on that good of layers created new there. And then you go and use the bucket tool and just Payson. So now you see, you have lions and a transparent background. Um, and the same thing that this one you go, and another way to do this is press, though. Use the wand tool, which is the w on your keyboard, and he select around the background and just delete it. And the thing about this one, and you can delete the rest of the inside to you where you can use a different way of coloring. But so the benefit of doing it this way is that you can retained some of the texture if you use like a textured paper or something, or if you had certain nuance you wanted to keep. But so so now you can sort of keep your backgrounds separate from your original image. 4. Lesson 3: So for less than three, I'm gonna teach you how to do some, uh, flat coloring. And what you want to do first is check and make sure what mood you're in. You choose RGB color if you're trying to do something for the web and see him like a color . If you're trying to do something for print so and it doesn't matter if you merge or not, it's it's not really significant for this project. And OK, so first things first. Let's with second thing second. Um, you wanna make sure that you have, ah, background, I'm just gonna pick a random color. It's not very big deal just to show you that the backgrounds air really transfer. So I have some great colors and then for this one, the one where the background still wait. If you wanted to retain friends with some texture, you make a new layer on top of the older and, uh, let's title these. Okay, so how you want to do this or an easy way to do this issue? Go select, uh, multiply so making a multiply layer. Then you press the one tool on the line section. Go up to your color section can press this. Make it. This issue is orange chair right now. Okay, so now then we can go. And you got her shirt in. That's a, uh, just something hideous. Maybe that's that color. We will make it like, I don't know. You could also always go over it originally as well Depends on what you're trying to do. And so on another thing, Teoh to consider ist clipping masks. So if you convert, create clipping mask, you can also helps to do that, Friend, since you can little locket Teoh the image, you know, will only be able to go on top of something it was on before, which is very useful if you're trying to color like lions cuts the edge. So, yeah, just finish this up really quick. Don't say she had a color a slightly different way from the next one. Okay, so now we're onto the 2nd 1 and it's a similar process instead of having to do anything really fancy with the layers so you could just go directly underneath your line work. So let's say, um, this one is when we get blue, I guess, Yeah. And the thing is that sort of the downsized coloring like this is that, or using Leinart that's not super clean is that it's really hard. It's harder to use the want tool to help you color, so you have to basically just do it on your own or you can, um, you couldn't go above as well and just make like an outline. You want it but and then press it. But I mean for me anyway, I just don't think it's like that important. It's usually yes, usually not like a big deal. Or at least it's usually not that that stressful of ah, you know, coloring. So you just color on the outside of the UK did it just basically same sort of situation and there you have it. Hopefully, enjoy this glass and you learned a lot, and, uh, maybe I'll see you back for another class sometime soon.