Tips thread


Pretend I had a pencil image, such as this:

How would I go about coloring it in Photoshop?


scan it in and then color select - black, copy as a new layer, then color under it. but if you really want to color it, since it’s already shaded so much already, i would trace it over without any shadows and then add those in photoshop.


man i cant beleive i didnt see that select color thing, damn!!!, coloring will be so much easyer now

thx genreal tso! :smiley:


Does anyone have any good links to calligraphy tutorials? I could really use the ability to add nice calligraphy to my drawings…


:slight_smile: Give me some time to dig up my favorite influences.


what if i want to clean this pic (hope you dont mind seanCarlos)

by clean i mean take away the shading and keeping the contour.


you’ll probably have to retrace it. it’s gonna be really difficult to remove the shadows and keep the shape because all the shades of shadows are very similar.


ok well say something more like… this!

what if i want to make the lines more clear but i dont have a scanner?


adjust the levels, edit>image>level, just fool around with it and you’ll see how it works.

move the right most tab inward until you see fit, then move the left most inward, then move the middle one left or right.Basicly it’ll let you adjust it to where it’ll drop out all the lighter shades and only take the darker one, and then you can darken the lines that are left.


thanks so much, ive been having trouble with scaners tat get all the shading anfd not enough of the countour, this will help alot, props to dreadedfist!:stuck_out_tongue:


I found a good muscle anatomy chart. Though, I, for one, would like to see what you have Bengus.


props to me!


To bring this thread back from the ashes…

I found out a new, well new to me shading technique. This is of course for traditional art. I was drawing this character today and I wanted to try out some new shading instead of smearing with my finga, I used a Q-tip. I got amazing results, It looks alot smoother than using your finger, don’t know how well it stands up to a blending stone/pencil but it worked wonders for me.

Now go, Go Shade with your new technique!


for traditional shading, my understanding was that you don’t smudge your work too much. If you control your pencil/charcoal so that you can get a variety of strokes & values. The transition is nicer too.

AFAIK smudging is good for applying a grey tone in the bg, and for certain specific effects (out of focus, water, etc). It shouldn’t be your main blending technique.

blunding stumps are great for applying really light tones of value. use it like a crayon.


qtips are great for watercolors.



I like to use this method of shading. Rook dosn’t really like that I do it so much but its kind of a cool lazy way to shade. (instead of a qtip, try a torn peice of tissue after shading from dark to light with your pencil)



Eww that book is terrible. Best reference for wrinkles is like everything else from real life, watch peoples clothes as they move, you don’t need to draw it (can be awkward) just remember it. If not from life then photos are your next best bet.
Your favourite artists probably drew from life so immitate their learning technique and you will have success too.


The wrinkles book by hogarth is actually very good. It’s not a good reference book though, because his wrinkles are wayyy overdone , like 10 thrust wrinkles on a shirt sleave. He shows you how kinetic force works and how it affect wrinkles. Like when you swing your arm and when you thrust your arm, would result in different wrinkles. I’m only on the first part (thrust wrinkles) and so far it’s helping. LIke I say, he over do the wrinkles so you can get a better understanding of how they works. Once you grasp the concept down, you should be able to draw wrinkles with your own style in it.



Yeah I didn’t say Hogarth was the the best or anything, just good for learning. Yes everyone knows he exaggerates everything and is more for comic book anatomy.

Oh and dfist did you ever get that bridegman book and vanderpeol too. Which ones you got I can’t remember.


everyone knows that life is the best possible reference, second being photographhs; but the next best, imo, is from paintings, particularly from the works of michelangelo and other classical painters.