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Hi there, wondering if any kind soul skilled in the art of photoshop can help me out with something. I colour my illos in PS, using a variation of the 'cut and grad' technique, which works great for me.
However, my main problem with using it is actually deciding on a colour scheme or colour palette. I tend to just pick colours at random from the colour picker, and the results sometimes look a bit too bright, busy and scattershot, even after tinkering with hue/sat, and i'd like my images to have a more unified, restrained feel (i'm digging kev walker's palette, for example). Basically, are there any tips/rules about picking a coherent colour scheme i should know about? I've searched high and low on the web, but most colouring tutorials don't really cover this aspect in any depth. If anyone can point me in the direction of one it'd be much appreciated.

Drag a picture with your preferred colour scheme into photoshop, then use the eyedropper tool to pick the colours you want.
Not ideal, but quick.

Adrian Bamforth:
My advice would be not to worry too much about getting the colours right when you're first applying them - when you're separating out the page into areas of colour treat it as just the laborious process that makes it easier to 'bucket fill' or adjust the colour balance of (or however you wish to do it) with the right colours later when you can concentrate solely on picking colours. Pick token colours for things, don't worry too much about saturation.

I've found a good method to get a colour scheme is colour everything with predictible colours (i.e.roughly the colours they are) then put a big block of colour over the top of the panel (or whole page if you want it all consistent) on a layer above. Set this layer to colour mode. Then you can play with the opacity of that layer to change the saturation of that colour into all the other colours and play with the colour balance to change the colour itself. You're narrowing colour range of the panel/page but that's probably what you want if you're after a colour scheme.

You can also use a dark colour and set the layer to Multiply and it'll make the panels darker with the colour (or set to Lighten for the opposite effect). This is useful for night-time scenes. It's like using a colour filter on a camera as done to death by the likes of Guy Richie.

If you take all the various layers of colour filtering off one of my pages, the original layer of colour looks pretty crap and lacking in atmosphere.

Need any more help and I can email you a (scaled-down) page with the layers intact if I can get the file size low enough.


Have you read through the D'israeli tutorial?Link:

Adrian Bamforth:
As I recall, D'Israeli has quite a laborious method of creating a layer of just inks to keep on top of the colours. If anyone tries to follow his tutorial, bear in mind you can do it much easier by just duplicating the layer of the scanned page, setting it to 'Multiply' mode and colouring on a layer under that.

And his colours are gaudy.



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