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Grayscale Shading and Non-Destructive Coloring Techniques for Photoshop Artists
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Released Oct 1, 2012
Kurt Jones

Guest Tutor

Kurt Jones
In this series of tutorials we'll be focusing on painting values in grayscale and how to preserve them when applying color to our grayscale illustration in Photoshop. We'll begin this process by establishing the direction of our light source and adding some base values. From there we'll explore a layered workflow of developing our shadows and lighting and we'll continue with refining and adding details to our grayscale composition. Finally, we will walk through a process of painting color on our grayscale illustration using various blend modes, allowing us to preserve our values. As we will see, through this process, we can render a grayscale image to completion and paint color in a non destructive fashion. Applying these techniques to your own workflow will allow you to focus on values first and save some time when painting color.
Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
00:58
Light origin and base values
2

Light origin and base values

 
07:49
Painting occlusion shadows to ground the subject
3

Painting occlusion shadows to ground the subject

 
07:16
Developing lighting scheme
4

Developing lighting scheme

 
08:16
Building contrast with grayscale values
5

Building contrast with grayscale values

 
07:48
Refining and detailing grayscale values
6

Refining and detailing grayscale values

 
09:21
Final grayscale rendering
7

Final grayscale rendering

 
09:26
Applying base color
8

Applying base color

 
08:48
Coloring with blend modes
9

Coloring with blend modes

 
09:33
Final visual elements
10

Final visual elements

 
07:57