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polygamy at its best!
1st-Jun-2006 12:29 am
I've been asked a number of times how I've achieved the coloring on a certain icon of mine for a while now, so I decided to write up a tutorial. I don't usually write tutorials if just for the fact that I wing most of my icons as I go, but luckily I saved the .psp file for this one. 8D

This is a Paint Shop Pro 7 tutorial, but it's easily translatable. Requires basic knowledge of PSP7 tools. This is what we'll be learning to do:


Here's our base of the lovely Yasuaki from Harukanaru Toki no Naka de, cropped and resized fresh outta the scanner:

Not very impressive, is it? Let's fix that! First, duplicate the base layer and set the blend mode to Soft Light at 100% opacity. Duplicate the base layer again and bring it to the top, setting it to Burn at 90% opacity to get this:

Better! Now make a new layer (Layers -> New Raster Layer) and use the Flood Fill tool to fill it in with a beige/brown color. I used #D8CABA. Set it to Multiply at 70% opacity. It should now look like this:

Now here begins the coloring process, which you just have to be patient with for detailed images. It also takes a lot of layers depending on how much of the image you want to color, so bear with me!

Alright, make a new layer. Using the Freehand tool (Selection type: Point to Point, Feather: 0, Antialias checked) select Yasuaki's hair. Don't worry about getting it perfect, you can go back and erase or fill in imperfections later. With the Flood Fill tool, fill in the selected area with #089008 and set it to Multiply at 45% opacity.

On the same layer I went in with a 1px brush tool and colored in his eyes; one with the same green and the other with #F8BF24, a yellow color. Not a big step with this sort of icon, but I like to be thorough. This is what it should look like:

Use the same basic steps of making a new layer and using the Freehand tool to select the area you wish to color with the Flood Fill tool. For brevity's sake, here are all the separately colored layers I used with blend modes and opacity settings:

Skin: #EAD5BC, Burn, 80% opacity

Face tattoo: #B8EAB8, Darken, 100% opacity

Necklace: #F8BF24, Darken, 78% opacity (I went back with the eraser tool on a low opacity and erased some of the color on the smaller beads)

Plain kimono robe: #FFFFFF, Color, 65% opacity

Patterned under-robe: #800000, Lighten, 100% opacity

Now the hard part is over! Time to zest the icon up some. On top of all of your coloring, paste the following texture by dearest set to Soft Light at 100% opacity. Now it should look like this:


Next, use this texture by dearest again, set to Soft Light at 72% opacity:


Yet again, another texture by dearest, set to Multiply at 50% opacity. Erase the areas of the texture around Yasuaki's face and arms so he doesn't blend in as much. This is what you get:


Last texture, I promise. This one is from colorfilter, and should be your topmost layer set to Soft Light at 100% opacity.


Now Yasuaki looks a little washed out, so to finish up duplicate the base layer twice and bring both to the very top. Set one to Burn at 45% opacity and the very top layer to Soft Light at 100% opacity. Here's what the final product should look like:

Of course, you don't have to stop there. Feel free to add borders, text, or other decorations to your icon! And don't be afraid to mess around with the layer opacities to get the colors just to your liking. That's half the fun, after all. ^_~

Please let me know if you found this helpful! And feel free to share your results, I'd love to see them.
2nd-Jun-2006 07:33 am (UTC)
OMG. Thanks so much for posting this!!
2nd-Jun-2006 07:42 am (UTC)
No problem at all! ^^
2nd-Jun-2006 12:42 pm (UTC)
I was wondering, too, actually. xDDD Thanks muchly! :D I never even thought about fixing the b&w base the way you have it here. ♥
2nd-Jun-2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
Everyone seemed to be interested in that one. xDD ♥
3rd-Jun-2006 05:04 am (UTC)
Thank you sooo much so much! *hugs* I am going to be adding this to memories and I am going to try it out with a random manga base that I have!
4th-Jun-2006 11:16 am (UTC)
Never a problem! *smush* Let me know how it turns out. x3
4th-Jun-2006 07:28 am (UTC)
Totally adding this post to memories as I really love how the coloring on your manga icons ♥
4th-Jun-2006 11:17 am (UTC)
Thank you! I was hoping it'd be helpful. ♥
11th-Jun-2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
Adding to mems, thank you. :)
12th-Jun-2006 01:05 am (UTC)
No problem. ;)
12th-Jun-2006 11:05 am (UTC)
I never thought of using other blending modes than Multiply to color b&w bases ^^;; Thank you for opening my eyes :D

Adding this tutorial to memories, I absolutely want to try these techniques~
12th-Jun-2006 12:39 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I find multiply is a little too strong for some bases, but it really is all a matter of playing around with the blending modes. :D I'm glad it helped some!
12th-Jun-2006 09:28 pm (UTC)

Since you were interested in seeing our results, here is the icon I made with your tutorial ^^:


I admit it's not the most original icon ever, but I think I wouldn't have been able to get this result without using other blending modes than Multiply.
13th-Jun-2006 03:39 am (UTC)
It's beautiful. :O I really love the picture and the crop too. ♥
14th-Jun-2006 05:01 am (UTC)
Wow, this is super helpful~! =O
14th-Jun-2006 06:34 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad it's useful. x3
14th-Jun-2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
<333 Sankyuu for posting it!
24th-Jun-2006 05:53 pm (UTC)

14th-Jul-2006 02:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot for posting this, it's been so much helpful. I've been wondering how to do it ^^;;
12th-Oct-2006 05:20 am (UTC)
Added to memories! Wonderful tutorial!
5th-Mar-2007 07:04 am (UTC)
thanks going to add them to memories.
11th-Aug-2007 03:26 am (UTC)
Nice tutorial. Love that it's for an icon of Yasuaki-san! XDD
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