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Tutorial: Adding Color With Gradient Maps by Shinerai Tutorial: Adding Color With Gradient Maps by Shinerai
My progress image for the Yoi painting seems to have been received well, and I've gotten questions in the past about how I add color to my monochrome images C: I tried to find some good Gradient Map tutorials to show other deviants, but I had no luck. So I made one myself.
I'm not that great at making tutorials, so I hope it isn't confusing. It's probably not the best for beginners at Photoshop.

I hope you enjoy, regardless.
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Twin-Earth Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for this!
JMiera Mar 16, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Goodness Shinerai! You are my hero :love:
Shinerai Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YAYAY! I like being a hero. Preferably green lantern.
JMiera Mar 26, 2014  Professional Filmographer
You can be whichever lantern you like :D
But seriously - thanks so much for this tutorial haha I can't wait to try it out :heart:
Shinerai Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! did you see the PSD file I submitted where I had colored something with gradient maps? you can click all the layers on and off and stuff?
JMiera Mar 27, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I did! I downloaded and pulled it up as soon as I saw it! It was super neat of you to do that - a really good way for people to get an in depth look at your process (at their own speed) instead of uploading the animated gifs a lot of people do :) I admire you for being so open about your workflow with your followers - I think most artists are too scared of theft (or something) to let people that far into their process / one of their pieces. So Kudoz to you! I'll definitely be dissecting that PSD along with using this tutorial when it comes time to throw out some color tests :D
So good and helpful!  Thank yous x10!
Viur Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
really helpful tutorial, thanks! I've been trying to learn how to paint with grayscale lately with little success... usually I find that I've messed up my values and the piece, especially the highlights, have wound up too dark. Do you have any tips for getting a hang of how light or dark you should paint areas before adding colour to them?
Shinerai Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you can find this tutorial useful.
It doesn't really matter how light you paint your lights or how dark you paint your darks with this tutorial. If you don't get enough contrast, just slide your color stops inward a bit. I suggest you play around with it.

The uncolored version of this drawing was actually done in orange -->…
So beautiful! Thanks for sharing this!
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