Adjustment Layers
Adjustment Layers
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Digital Painting Fundamentals

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Adjustment Layers

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Take one of your grayscale paintings from the grayscale assignment and colorize it using both blending modes and adjustment layers. Don't feel like you have to limit yourself to realistic colors for this assignment! You can get some interesting color combinations with blending modes and adjustment layers, so experiment and find what works best. 

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Holly Laing
Here's my assignment! I decided to paint the shaman reference in grayscale to colorize it.  I started by merging the grayscale image to 1 layer, set it to soft light and proceeded to paint the base colors underneath it using normal blending modes.  Next, I created more layers on top using overlay, linear dodge and multiply to add in some extra shadows and highlights (I also used a hue/saturation adjustment layer set to red with a layer mask to paint in the blood).  After that, I used several adjustment layers to tweak the colours and values (mainly hue/saturation, color balance and levels).  Finally, I added one last layer set to normal to add in any extra detail and cleanup the overall image.  I had a lot of fun with this assignment, I haven't had much luck painting over grayscale in the past, but using the right blending modes and adjustment layers really helped the process along. :) 
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Tsotne Shonia
For this assignment, I restarted the intermediate painting from scratch because I couldn't finish it on my first try, when the grayscale lesson released, because I got overwhelmed by the clothing folds. I post 3 images : the final painting, the grayscale wip and the base coloring wip. To color the grayscale, I repeated this process (with some variations) on each layer separately (clothes, skin, trim, ...), using clipping masks (and sometimes further targeting with the mask layer) - I mostly used gradient maps to color them so that I could shift the hue and saturation on darker values. I like saturated shadows. - About half the time, I put the gradient map on color blending mode to lessen the effect it has on value. - I almost always then added a curves adjustment layer to boost contrast and experimented with it, moving points more or less randomly to come up with something that looks better - Occasionally I used a color balance adjustment to add some color and saturation This led me to the base coloring wip. From that point, I hand painted more colors to add variations a little bit everywhere, using mostly normal blending mode, and sometimes color blending mode. I'm decently happy with that I got in the end, but it feels somewhat "sterile" and lacks some "pop". I don't know why.
2022 09 19 17 adjustment layers assignment min
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