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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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InuShommaru Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is an excellent color tutorial, and I appreciate you taking the time to do this. I will try to implement your hard work into my own style of art. I'm not the best currently, and I think a large part of that is having an issue with color (which this will help, I believe), and envisioning proper shading in relation to a light-source. 

I can't express how much this color tutorial flowed with my understanding. Thank you, one more. Heart free avatar 
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9b8ll Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I Just Have to say this is THE best color tutorial IMO so far. I've been studying; practicing this and your Hair color tutorials ever since. let me just say this, I heavily everyone recommend this tutorial to everyone. It really helped me with my color blending and not picking muted/dull colors in my art work as well! Thank you so,so much! Heart 3D 
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aya-sara Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
One of the best color tutorials I've ever read. I'm new with digital arts and coloring. This reading is great.
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016
thank you very much :) glad you find it useful!
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:iconaya-sara:
aya-sara Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. Yup. It did. ^_^ i tried out on one of my art and i love it.
[AR] Ezekiel by aya-sara
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Machus-san Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016
Nice! I've always been doing shadows with changing the saturation and I didn't know why the result of that was boring.
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner May 21, 2016
Glad to help!
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Hazelgee Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome advice, thank you for sharing it! I'll certainly keep the 'colour vomit' philosophy in my mind going forward. Love it :D
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elmjuniper Featured By Owner Edited Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just...so much to take in, but I'm so grateful for this tutorial. Despite it being a tricky thing to explain you've done it excellently. 
Thanks for sharing!
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015
happy to help ^^
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doodle-cream Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Super helpful :)

Thanks a bunch for this!!
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015
no problem :)
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:iconflyredskittle:
FlyRedSkittle Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
This was super helpful! Pretty please can you be my tutor for 3rd year world mapping at my course! haha
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:iconstarshipsorceress:
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015
haha what sort of stuff do you do in a class like that?
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:iconflyredskittle:
FlyRedSkittle Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015
I study animation and we design characters as well as environments for our animations.
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015
that sounds like a lot of fun!
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AmagamiRitsuka Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Student Digital 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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AmagamiRitsuka Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
painting them, as in do i just make them as base colours?
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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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AmagamiRitsuka Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I see, thanks!
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RTNinja Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! No I can vomit colour too ^_^ This will be super helpful thanks
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
haha no problem, have fun ^^
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hanswidjaya93 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
*creating notes....*
thank you :3
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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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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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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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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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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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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
Haha it's no problem at all, thank you! :tighthug:
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BoxxMannDA Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you I've learned so much
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
glad to hear it (:
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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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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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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
thank you lovely! :heart:
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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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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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aevrynn Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was really helpful. :)
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