Color above the shadows

posted on 9th of february, 2009

I don't know if it will be news to you, but want to share anyway.
While drawing in Photoshop I always preferred placing color first and adding shadows, midtones and highlights next.
One friend gave me an idea to try it vise versa. Place all shadows and highlights, he said, make a monochrome picture and then place color above, it will make your work easier and faster.
I tried and it is really so.
I do not refuse using other drawing techniques, but that one is a nice addition to my knowledge collection. I take pencil drawing scetch, add shadows and highlights with brush tool (flow parameter set to 30% opacity set to 50%) and then make a few layers with color above it (with the Color option chosen for each layer), using brush again (flow and opacity 100%).
Maybe this technique will be of some use for you too.

Comments (5)

Comment by Mildegard on February 10, 2009

Oh, thank you... but I feel a bit confused. Is drawing in photoshop so special? And what is illustrator best for?

Comment by Mayatairy on February 10, 2009

Great work :-)
i was amazed to find out you use photoshop to create these wonderful images!

Comment by Noonie on February 09, 2009

You mean to say all your work is in photoshop not illustrator????

Fantastic talent! She could do it with her eyes closed, I bet!

Comment by Mildegard on February 09, 2009

Yes, I haven't tried illustrator yet. I use Photoshop Portable. It's small and neat, easy to carry on any flash drive everywhere.

Comment by Creativei on February 09, 2009

You mean to say all your work is in photoshop not illustrator????

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