Landscapes and Characters - Level Up!

I'm sure, color is the one thing that makes a picture alive. And I'm super happy about the things a learned in this class to make my coloring process so much better. Thanks for sharing your experience, Hayden!

This is a character I did in another class on Skillshare and I thought it would be great the way it is. 

1. an Overlay-Layer and a Color-Layer as well as a Color Balance Adjustment on the character in Adobe Illustrator and
2. adjusting the colors by using Levels, Curves and B/C in Adobe Photoshop (more Magenta to the Browns, less Yellow to the Whites, more Cyan to the Background)

I'm pretty sure I was wrong, because now it is so much better.


After this little exercise I decided to do a little more time intensive color correction on another piece of work. This time I choosed an illustration I was never really happy about.

On this piece I corrected nearly everything by:

In AI:

1. Because the bridge is the most important part of the illustration I scaled it up a bit.
2. Then I used the Color Balance function to "seperate" the background from the foreground (bridge) by coloring the bridge in a really saturated blue. The buildings were coloured all the same way to underlien the city-theme. On the other side the hills and fields were coloured in a yellow-green. All in all I reduced the main colours so I ended up with only three: brown, green and red. The bridge really stands out because it's the only element in blue.

In PS:
In Adobe Photoshop I just played around a bit with the adjustment layers (Levels, Curves, B/C) to optimize the color mood.



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