A companion piece to Digitally Coloring Comics Like the Pros, we will go in-depth with step-by-step instructions and with advanced techniques in effects rendering with Photoshop 7. Methods shown can be applied in other versions as well. We will cover procedures for both the beginner and the advanced. The rundown of this tutorial is:
1. Scan the Line Art and Make Transparent
2. Block Out the Flats
3. Separate Dark/Light Tones
4. Add the Lighter Tones
5. Establish the Light Sources
6. Create the Selections to Airbrush the Reflected Light
7. Create an Ambient White Halo
There is nothing wrong with painting an apple red, but if a green neon light is shining beside it, there can be an entire shade of green cast on the side of it’s surface. The purpose of this tutorial is to get to the more advanced techniques of adding reflective light colors onto these surfaces.
Step 1: Scan the Line Art and Make Transparent
Once you have your ink drawing, scan it black and white with a resolution setting of 300dpi. This will allow for clean selections and will keep all the detail work you’ve done. Copy and paste the entire layer and set the layer option to multiply creating the transparency beneath the line art.