Recolor your character fast and easily 【 Digital Art Tips and Tricks 】



hi everyone and welcome to my channel my name is nadya axel and today I'm giving you a little digital art trick that I often use in my drawings to speed up my painting process it's about recoloring an entire image even though you might basically be done with that so this tip is mostly relevant if you sometimes or all the time start coloring your characters in flats even if you don't do flats there are still ways to change your entire color scheme but these methods are a little more advanced so for starters let's stick with an easy method so basically your flats is a layer or a group of layers which contain the base colors of your character I used to have so many layers divided into different sections of the characters colors that I also met the ended up spending a horrific amount of time shifting between layers drawing on the wrong layers and organizing the layers so today I have a more simple approach I simply collect all my flats on the same layer while I might be using multiple layers while painting the flats I usually merge them together before moving on to shading before merging them though it's a really good idea to have some backup simply group all of the layers and duplicate the group by right-clicking and select duplicate now store your backup down here nice and save and make sure it's not visible we're only keeping it in case we missed something up now now open your other group containing all the layers there are two ways to quickly merge them you can either hold down shift and select them all and hit ctrl e it's the same as right-clicking on your selected layers and choose merge layers the other way that are often used actually don't require you to manually pack up your layers because this method simply makes a new layer based on what is visible on your documents so far make sure to check off your background and line arts visibility while you're doing this merging because it takes into account everything that you can see on your document create a new layer above all of your base color layers select it then make the following shortcut ctrl shift alt e' the new merged layer will appear here and has taken everything visible into account and now you can check your backgrounds and lineouts visibility back on ultimately we end up having one layer without flats I want to keep the amount of layers to a minimum so I want to have only one there for my initial shading I want to start out with the skin select the magic wand tool and Mark an area on the flats layer where you have painted skin in this case the magic wand tool only selected the skin area I was clicking that's because by default the magic wand tool has been ticked in the contiguous option this means it will only select the identical pixels which lie next to each other if you uncheck it you make the magic wand tool select all the values you point at on the entire layer regardless of their distance so this way you can pick up all the skin tones on your layer at once and before shading remember that you can press ctrl H on your keyboard to hide the active selection it's still there but you don't have to look at it now we're moving on to the actual tip where you can recolor your art in this case I set my shading layer to multiply because it makes it easier if I want to change my base colors later that way the shading will just follow along say I wanted to pick another color for the hair I go to my flats layer and pick the hair with my magic wand tool if you have other areas in the drawing that the same color as the but you don't want the magic wand tool to pick it up remember that you can take the contiguous option back on so that you only select the pixel group that you click on you can also adjust the tolerance levels if your magic wand tools picks up too much or too little while still being on the flats layer go to image adjustments hue/saturation or click control U for shortcut use the hue slider to adjust your color this only adjusts the hue so the value and saturation is the same as before but will you look at that you'll also have brightness and saturation sliders play around with the sliders and use this method to completely change your color scheme at a later point in your drawing here I'm just doing a sped up demonstration of how I selected an entire new color scheme for the entire drawing using just the approach that I taught you so that was it for this little digital a trick that I've come to love using sometimes I just don't have a clear do you have a characters color scheme before it begin painting so it's pretty handy to just be able to change it later you can also use this approach to just flip through a lot of different color schemes for inspiration purposes anyway if you like this video please give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel for more our videos in the future and as always also feel free to leave suggestions for other tips and tricks in the comments below or to even share your own tricks until next time take care bye

14 Replies to “Recolor your character fast and easily 【 Digital Art Tips and Tricks 】”

  1. Would you be interested in an "advanced" version?
    (I refer to changing colors even though you don't work in flats and basically already merged big parts of your drawing)

  2. Fun little coloring walkthrough. I do similar tricks but I usually put my flats into a Smart Object layer, experiment with the colorization — and save off merged versions to compare and tinker with later. I like knowing that I can just pop back into that smart object as often as needed.

  3. Hey. So I have just upgraded to a display tablet after being with a mini tablet for 8+ years. I was very surprised to find my current set up to not work as well so was wondering if you (or anyone in discussion) new some good tips with getting friendly with new tablets.

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