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Greyscale to color mini tutorial by Raikoh-illust Greyscale to color mini tutorial by Raikoh-illust
I just thought to show this new trick I discovered via tumblr on how to make greyscale pictures have colors. What's great about this trick I think it's that it can help make pictures look more consistent with the colors and not so weird/muddy since it's something that I tend to make happen before. Of course I still need to learn to make better use of this techinique, but it's definitely one trick I'm gonna be using more often.
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Daniela-Chris Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Thank you for the tip! I tried this on some old photo scan and I liked the effects!
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SeppyX Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Do you always start in grayscale?
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Raikoh-illust Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not always, only if I want to experiment  painting in such ways, I usually start with colors.
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RiokennG3 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there a tutorial on how to do a grey scale drawing first?
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Raikoh-illust Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You mean one made by me? No, but I could make one.
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RiokennG3 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just can't wrap my head around which part of the picture you have to draw a shade of grey for.
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Raikoh-illust Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well it's no so hard, basically you start the sketch with only pure black, and using a brush that's either have the opacity set very low, like at least 40%, or the brush has the opacity jitter turned to pen pressure, thus allowing you to paint in many different tones of black. 
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ZanaGB Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It would be a shame, that you don't use photoshop for doing your pictures...

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I bet it can be easly translated, though.
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ValenAndNightInc Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
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ZanaGB Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sai is still overrated and full of elitists, and i am sure the new betas ( if they don't take any other 5 years to release them ) might include changes to EVEN MORE easly allow such things to happen, i know you can do that tutorial on SAI with some trickery, but i've never used it so...
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ValenAndNightInc Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I've never really messed around that much on Sai's Canvas options and such, so I don't think I'll be able to tackle it so easily. Also, my Sai version is some kind of weird Spanish/English mix, so it's harder for me to understand, so... Yeah
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ZanaGB Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Fan translation i see. At least you don't get the japanese version ( though the japanese version is MUCH MORE RECENT than the english one, we are speaking of 5 years of difference between versions )

still it'd work pretty much finely on SaI
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AffinityPony Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Student Filmographer
Cool! I've read about greyscale maps/under-paintings, but I wasn't quite sure how to do it. I'll have to experiment with this.
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xargos32 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Very interesting. Thanks for sharing!
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thetriforcebearer Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Not quite understanding the purpose of mapping the greyscale?
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Raikoh-illust Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well adding the gradient map instantly adds some colors to the grayscale picture.
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thetriforcebearer Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hmmm... I just use the color filters on the side. Is this method different? Like does Photoshop calculate it differently? I'm attempting to try this right now

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sayterdarkwynd Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
gradient maps are handy when coloring, since they can help add variation of tone without you needing to do extra blending, and that sort of thing. Many colorists use this in their digital technique. It's all a matter of preference of course :)

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