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wow. this was coloured digitally? Can you do a brief tut on it? I was hoping to colour my comic like that :D
Here’s a little tutorial for a very quick and easy digital coloring technique that you can use for scanned sketches, especially small ones without background. If you are already somewhat familiar working with Photoshop, this will only take a few minutes per sketch.
Disclaimer: This is just a one way of doing this, and there are many other ways to achieve similar (or better) results. This style of coloring is intentionally gritty and sketchy, so if you are looking for a smooth, realistic coloring style, you might want to skip this tutorial. (:
Scan your drawing and open it in Photoshop. I recommend this coloring method with messy sketches, sketches done on toned or textured paper. This doggy drawing was pretty clean, but you can still see the paper color isn’t 100% white and the drawings done on the other side of this sketchbook sheet are visible on the sketch. No need to get rid of these random lines!
Mask your drawing (or, if you like, you can color your background like this as well): here I just used quick selection tool and lasso tool to select the dog and then inverted the selection and deleted the background. Next, use levels or curves to make the color areas darker and to make the texture stand out. Here, I am not going for a smooth result, I intend the result to be gritty and textured.
Select specific areas with lasso tool (drawing tablet is recommended, if available), and use levels or curves to create highlights and shadows. You can also use dodge and burn tools, if you prefer smooth shades instead of clean-cut areas.
Select your base color for the drawing using Hue/Saturation adjustment. Here, I also had the “Colorize” box checked.
For colored highlights, create a new layer with “color” mode (you can also use Overlay or Multiply) and paint color areas on that new layer. I recommend setting the brush opacity lower than 100% while you paint, so you can control the amount of saturation on different areas.
A quick way to create interesting variation on your color scheme is "Replace color…". Pick a color from the image with the replace color picker, then adjust fuzziness and hue/saturation/lightness of that color. You may repeat this step as many times you see fit.
Lastly, sometimes it’s worthwhile to try out a couple things with "Color balance". Here, I added yellow to the shadows and (if I remember correctly), some red on the highlights or midtones. There is no one way to do this, you’ll just have to see what works with your piece.