Sun (sun_soraya) wrote in icon_tutorial,

Tutorial 18: Nabari no Ou

Requested by miserymarmalade.

How to go from to with Photoshop. Uses Selective Coloring, so probably not translatable.

1. The first step is always the same, go and prepare your base~ I'll be working with Nabari no Ou artwork today. :D

2. It's so plain and contrasty. D: Fix that with a new layer, filled with #2C2822 on Exclusion, 100%.

3. Better. <3 We can play a bit with the colors now because it's still so very boring. Make a Channel Mixer... adj. layer and put in these settings:

Red: 108 -12 -4
Green: -8 108 -4
Blue: 8 -12 88

Then brighten everything up with a Soft Light, 100% duplicate of your base.

4. We can still do better! Make a Selective Color... adj. layer and put in the step 5-settings from this tutorial. Duplicate that layer for extra greens and cyans (depending on your image, you might need to lower the opacity for the duplicate layer).

5. I still felt there was too little depth, so I made two new layers and brushed with a soft brush a few gray shadows on the first one (set it to Multiply, 14%) and highlights in white on the second layer (set to Screen, 14%). I mainly did that for the clothes and hair.

6. It looks more vivid now, but unfortunately with step 4 the skin color got a bit green, too. XD Don't worry, a new layer filled with #F8E3DB on Color Burn, 100% should do the trick:

7. Rawr, still not enough color! Open a Hue/Saturation... adj. layer and set the master saturation to 22 or higher for this. Then make another Soft Light duplicate of your base, but lower the opacity to 50% this time. (Maybe you can also skip the Soft Light duplicate.)

8. LOL, finally satisfied with the colors, but not with the aweful bright background. Make a Brightness/Contrast... adj. layer with brightness -24 and contrast -15.

9. Next I wanted the edges to look a bit softer (I'm doing that a lot at the moment) and created a new layer. Then I took a big soft brush (~ 45px), drew with a white-ish color along the edges and set that layer to Screen, 100%.

10. Open up a Color Balance... adj. layer with these settings to make the edges look even softer!

Midtones: -20 0 -10
Highlights: 17 0 0

11. Looks fine, so let's play with textures now. Take this polaroid texture (by ?), set to Screen, 100% for this. Then, to get rid of the plain white, take this texture by cdg and set it to Multiply, 53%.

12. The only thing left are the shinies! Take these lights by expose42, set to Screen, 100% and this one by spiritcoda on Lighten, 100%. And that's it!

Questions? Just ask! :D

Other examples:

Be creative and experiment however you want, and I'd love to see your results! I'm curious what you come up with. :D

Please comment on this post since I'll most likely respond there. More tutorials are here, and these will be coming next.
Tags: anime & manga: colouring, program: photoshop

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