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Octavia Tutorial by WillDrawForFood1 Octavia Tutorial by WillDrawForFood1
The companion piece to [link]

I've been meaning to make a tutorial on how I make my stuff, but video-editing software hates me. So I'm going this route.
Keep in mind, this is on how I do my hand-drawn-then-digitally-colored art, which is like 95% of my stuff. Otherwise I just draw the linework straight into Photoshop with the tablet/CINTIQ, but the rest of the process is pretty much the same.

I might do an advanced tutorial on shading and backgrounds as well.
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theWeaverofTales Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fabulous! Really helped when doing my first photoshop coloring piece! :D
DrCaptPepperGirl Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   Filmographer
Great tutorial! :D
KatieTheWolf98 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is perfect! Thanks SO much!
glittering-pony Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
I love this image! You are very confident with your pony lines.

Can I make one suggestion to your tutorial...or at least something you might try using with your next image...

Use the magic wand tool to extract your lineart is great, but not really the best way in Photoshop to do it. I would recommend using Ctrl+Alt+~
It is designed to remove all white from your black lineart layer. [link] <-- Will show you how to use the command correctly.
It's been a real time saver for me.
Kirajoleen Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:O im not the only person that does it that way?! :iconfluttershyyayplz:
SuperLeviathan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
What kind of paper do you use do draw? Any particular make or manufacturer?

I've been working with pen and ink off and on for many years and haven't been able to find paper that can take ink without bleeding.
SomethingVeryWitty Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredibly helpful, thanks!
OsakaOji Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
thanks for this nice Guide ^^
malaysian-cat Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful tutorial ^^
Although I don't really use PS, but it's quite informative
Jdan-S Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Personally, I use Levels to adjust my scanned work. Half of the time I need to adjust grayscale sketches to be used as a guide for vector art, and Levels generally allows more control over shadows, midtones and highlights, as well as brightness.

I also usually skip making transparent lineart since I work at low resolutions. Setting the layer to "multiply" and making all the fills and shading underneath the lineart works similar to painting behind an animation cel. But it is a little harder to manage when adding the background.

Anyway, it's always nice to see how others work. You can pick up a few tips here and there! For example, I only learned about locking transparent pixels during the training grounds event! :XD:
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