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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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xKaseix Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for uploading this tutorial. I have been struggling making the transition from Open Canvas to Photoshop and this was SO easy to follow along with and understand. :heart: I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge with the rest of us, it really helped me out a lot. Can't wait to play around with gradient maps on all my black and white practice paintings! :D :glomp:
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are very welcome for the tutorial!! I saw one of the paintings you did and it looked really great!
I tend to use gradient maps in an advanced fashion to color characters with complex markings. I encourage you to download this PSD I posted to dA and recolor my dragon! shinerai.deviantart.com/art/Vo… 
It'll probably help to give you some ideas on how to utilize layer masks when applying gradient maps :)
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xKaseix Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, yeah, thanks! That was cool to look at (and play with) and definitely gave me more ideas on mapping. You are so stinkin' awesome for making a work file like that available to the masses. *-* Many thanks. I've been playing with Photoshop every waking hour since I first looked at your tutorial, it definitely kicked me into gear and shed some light on the faceless, nameless beast that is Photoshop. It's only mostly intimidating to me now instead of completely terrifying. xD
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HAHAH. Well that's a start at least ;u; I'm sure you'll be posting your own tutorials soon enough!
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xKaseix Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, well I don't know about that. But thanks for the show of faith! :D
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Twin-Earth Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for this!
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JMiera Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Goodness Shinerai! You are my hero :love:
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YAYAY! I like being a hero. Preferably green lantern.
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JMiera Featured By Owner 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:
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Shinerai Featured By Owner 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?
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