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Color Tutorial by StarshipSorceress Color Tutorial by StarshipSorceress
My attempt at briefly going over the basics of color and how I apply that to my art. Ive been wanting to make this for a while, considering color is what I get asked about most.

Ahfsduihfisd, I TRIED making an analogy about how I pick colors, but I cant tell if I made it easier to understand that way or even more confusing. Fwahhh.

If you have any questions, dont hesitate to ask me!

Note: I dont claim this to be the only way to color. People obviously have many different and awesome ways of coloring. This is just how I do it XD

Anndd another note: This isnt to say there arent grays/blacks/whites in real life or that they dont have their uses. Hence why I said most cases. Though most things that look grey/white/black have more than just those colors in them, and/or are in reality made up of very desaturated colors.

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:iconamagamiritsuka:
AmagamiRitsuka Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Any tips for mid tones? Sometimes it's kind of hard to apply it
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
midtones in what sense? picking them, painting with them, etc?
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:iconamagamiritsuka:
AmagamiRitsuka Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
painting them, as in do i just make them as base colours?
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
honestly, it really depends on your personal preference. A lot of people do start with midtones as their base, and some people start with the darkest colors. In traditional media its almost always light to dark. For me it varies on the painting, but I usually start with middle and dark tones.
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:iconamagamiritsuka:
AmagamiRitsuka Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I see, thanks!
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:iconrtninja:
RTNinja Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Student General Artist
Yay! No I can vomit colour too ^_^ This will be super helpful thanks
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
haha no problem, have fun ^^
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:iconhanswidjaya93:
hanswidjaya93 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
*creating notes....*
thank you :3
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
:) no problem, hope it helps
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trubidulo21 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Student Filmographer
Thanks! Theory.... finally some normal theory...!!!!!! :-D
geez painting is something biutiful and if i won't learn how to paint normally i'lll kill myself cuze drawing is not enough i need to learn colors uuuughghghghhggh hthxhthxhthxhthxhrt :DDDDDD
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
aww please dont say you'll kill yourself D: You'll learn with practice :) its hard work but you can do it! good luck and glad to help :heart:
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:iconmenri:
Menri Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!! this made me notice something about the way I'm coloring! I'm glad I found your tutorial :D
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
Glad to help ^^
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Kurisutsure Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
I am a major beginner when it comes to coloring (I mainly just sketch or ink my artwork) so this question may be ridiculous but I'm confused. When you adjust hue and saturation, do you do it by a certain amount? Ex: when shadowing, would you adjust the hue to +10 degrees and the saturation to +20%? (NOTE: The numbers here are random, just trying to understand better through example)

Thanks!
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
So sorry for the late reply on this! ^^;

There really isnt a set number or formula I go by when adjusting the hue. It really depends on the picture I'm drawing, to be honest. The environment, lighting, and how saturated I want certain parts to be all come into play when making a picture. My best advice is to just practice it out, play around with colors and dont be afraid to mess up or make something that isnt "perfect" because it's helping you step forward little by little in the learning process :) It gets easier with time and practice, trust me! If there's a particular artist that uses color combinations that you really like, studying their paintings can also be a fun learning exercise!
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snowysylva Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha, your stair analogy is super nifty. Thanks for the tutorial! 

Small note - I believe it is "complementary" and "complements" rather than "complimentary" as far as colors go. 
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Oh whoops, I didnt realize there were two XD Thanks for pointing that out!
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:iconsnowysylva:
snowysylva Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course! Glad I could help :)
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AlyaShabrina Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your tutor are sooooo coool Love 
I've got many problems when I do the coloring now I know why I think I've fainted.
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Haha glad to help ^^
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RagnaraDenSvarta Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I'm just casually favouriting everything in your tutorials folder.  ;u;
sorrrrryyyyyyyyy
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
Haha it's no problem at all, thank you! :tighthug:
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:iconboxxmannda:
BoxxMannDA Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you I've learned so much
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
glad to hear it (:
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:iconboxxmannda:
BoxxMannDA Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No prblem
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:iconkouyami:
kouyami Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Thanks!! I really needed this! My colours were starting to look super bland and I couldnt figure out why :D
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Glad to help ;)
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JessHawke Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow!!! :D Awesome work!
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
thank you lovely! :heart:
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:iconjesshawke:
JessHawke Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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Nahemia Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
great tutorial! it really helps me with the color theory, the complementary, analogous, saturation, hue... and all that things that i never learned x.x

a little question: how do you select a more saturated color in photoshop? how do you change the hue of a color in photoshop? i mean, i get the theory but i still don't know how to find those colors...

p.d.:did you handwrite all of this? it just loved the letter xD 
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
In photoshop, the more saturated colors are in the top right area of the color picker.  And to change the hue you move the arrows on that rainbow bar thing up and down until you get to the area of color you want. Is that what you were asking?

Yes I did handwrite it haha, I'm glad you like it because I was hoping it wasnt too messy XD
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Nahemia Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
yep. I already found it in other page, but thanks anyway xd
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TheShadowEmpress Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was really helpful. :)
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
happy to hear it <3
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Gookins Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's nice to have somebody explain color theory on their own painting. Especially how you use color compliments and analogies to get that very saturated look was interesting to know. Thanks a lot.
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
no problem! I tried to make it as easy to understand as possible with varied examples (:
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MagicalSinger Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
I rarely do anything digitally since I have to use my mouse and I get really frustrated with how shaky my hand is without a pencil but I will definitely try this. Great explanation!
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Oh yeah, I definitely do not miss working with a mouse haha. If you ever want to pursue digital art more, there are plenty of cheap starter tablets to try (:
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:iconmagicalsinger:
MagicalSinger Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Thanks! I am definitely thinking about it since I think it's time I take my art to the next step. Traditional art is easy for me so yeah, lol.
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ryanprice83 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Great explanation! ;)
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
thank you! :heart:
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shadamy6432 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
this is very helpful!
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
glad to hear it :heart:
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:iconfenori:
Fenori Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just found this tutorial, this is pretty much how i color too omg XD but I never thought to explain it like this tutorial, really nice way to describe it :D 
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Thanks! It's a really fun way to color, isnt it?
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:iconfenori:
Fenori Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea :la:
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pendragon-09 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for this, it was really very helpful, especially the tips  

now I have to clean this vomit of colors
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
You're very welcome! XD Hope it helps!
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:iconpendragon-09:
pendragon-09 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it does but I still have a problem where to put the light without over applying it
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