How to Digitally Color Your Manga, Anime or Comic Book Character





Introduction: How to Digitally Color Your Manga, Anime or Comic Book Character

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this tutorial is about giving people the basis tools to color a character for their manga's  or comics.
hey if your good enough you can make your own cartoon( alot of work but always fun ).
i will show you how to get special effects and how to make your drawing rock.

Step 1: What Will You Need ?

to do this you will need :
a drawing ( duh)
a computer ( i did this on a 6 year laptop with 512 ram ,its old but got me out of a lot of  trouble .)
a scanner or camera  ( If your going to use a camera  make the foto in a place with good lighting )
a image editor ( i am using an older version of GIMP , because i was lazy to download the newer version )( the newer version
 and time .

Step 2: Coloring

Install gimp on your pc and get to know it a little bit especially the eraser ,selection ,layers and colorify tools
open gimp and open the foto ,my foto is named gunslinger .
 im going to show  it on the foto's.

In the window layers  click the duplicate button and duplicate it two times

Select the second( center ) layer and go to the window with the drawing .go to the menu "color " and select the colorify button .in the colorify window select the custom color button  and select the color you want. ( write down the color code this is handy if you have to draw the same character multiple times  )

Go to the layer window and select the first ( top ) layer right-click on it and go to the add mask layer button . ( this button will make the erased area's of the layer transparent )

Next go to the gimp window and select the selection tool. go to the window with the drawing and make a selection around the area you want to select.

Go back to the gimp window to the selection tool and click  on selection from path button ( this will close the selection )

Then take the eraser , increase its scale and  erase the area in the selection. the second layer should be visible .

Repeat the selection and erase part on all area's with the same color .

Next go to the layer window and select the bottom ( unedited ) layer and click on the little eye .( this will disable the visibilty of the layer )

Go to the window with the drawing and and click on the image  menu and then on merge visible  layers .( this will merge all the visible layer in to one layer. )

Repeat steps with the other colors and when your done its on to shadows .

ps  if  your going to do color's in colors , like the guitar , place the lighter colors at the bottom and the darker ones at the top and the erase trough the top layer till you reach the bottom one. ( the guitar is made out of four color layers  )

Step 3: Shadows

now on to shadows .shadows are one of the most important aspects of a drawing a shadow gives a foto dept makes it look 3d and makes it look a live .

to create a shadow go to one of the ruffles in the clothing and create a selection around it .

then go to the selection from path button and close the selection

next o to the pencil or the brush tool check that the brushes color is black.

change the opacity of the brush to 10 %. ( this will make the color  transparent )

make the brush as big as it can be and the go to the selection and pace the brush over the whole selection this will make it easy to fill . click a few times till you get the best shade

repeat this on the other shadows your done

Step 4: And Your Done!!!!

This is a basis tutorial that gives you the basis .
If you study the program and read a little more you will be able to stuff ten times cooler than this.
I hope this helps in you quest to become a cartoonist or a artist .
Who knows , i could be reading your comics in a few years. so read up on art styles , colors , light and shadows



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Which layer mask should I add? I've try to add different layer mask and none of it can show the colour of the lower layer...

this is awesome im going to do it

Looks neat from the start.
I alway's have trouble with the shading.

wow. this is really cool. it looks like a shirt i saw in a shirt.woot contest. neat!

And to think I have enough trouble staying inside the lines in my Disney Princess coloring book. Thanks for sharing!

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thanks Wilgubeast .It isn't that much work. You just need time and patience .