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Grayscale to Color Tutorial by RebeccaStapp Grayscale to Color Tutorial by RebeccaStapp
As requested, a grayscale to color tutorial. :)
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Yes, there is a lot of text. I hope I explained everything properly. As always, if you have any questions, just ask!

It was brought to my attention that I used a couple of terms that not everyone may be familiar with, so here are some clarifications:

*complementary colors are color that sit directly across from each other on the color wheel such as:
Red and Green
Yellow and Violet
Orange and Blue
[link]
Using complementary colors, or colors that are closely adjacent to those colors, creature depth and variety in your shadows and highlights. Try it!

**A good definition of contrast: [link]
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Shire-lover Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
OMG THANKS!! INFINITE THANKS!
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RebeccaStapp Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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GiocosoRhythm Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
featured here :D [link]
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RebeccaStapp Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :heart:
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swagstag Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know what, this is the simplest greyscale tutorial i've ever seen and I like it :heart: Imma try it.
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RebeccaStapp Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great! I'm glad that it's helpful. :aww:
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Xunau66 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap: Wonderful tutorial! I'll have to experiment with this method since I'm trying to shade a silver blue roan semi leopard lol.
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RebeccaStapp Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ooo, that sounds pretty! :aww: Good luck with it!
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4Equines Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Thanks so much for this! :D
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RebeccaStapp Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I hope it's helpful! :D
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xoSapphy Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was excellent, thank you. :) Now I just gotta get my greyscaling downpat.
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RebeccaStapp Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hope it helps! And good luck. :)
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xoSapphy Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a question. How do you do your greyscale? I have followed two, the brush painting way and the burn/dodge way. I'm not so good with the brush way, but it looks really good.
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RebeccaStapp Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I mostly use a hard round brush with the opacity set to pen pressure and the master opacity turned down to less than 30%, usually much less, especially when blending. And I paint on the shading using just regular grayscale colors. For softer areas I turn down the brush hardness to around 50%.
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xoSapphy Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I may try that, if you don't mind. :) I find that I really enjoy greyscaling, so I can just concentrate on the lighting, and focus on the colour later. I think I'll be studying your youtube videos. :P Do you have an opinion on the dodge/burn? Sorry if I am being kind of.... annoying? I just want to learn and become better. It's something I really enjoy doing.
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RebeccaStapp Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No worries! I hope my rambling is helpful in some way, lol.
I don't think I've ever tried to grayscale with the dodge/burn tools but I bet it would work just the same if you started with a medium gray base. I used to use dodge/burn all the time, but I can't seem to get the effects that I want from them anymore.
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xoSapphy Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used the dodge/burn in my last 3 uploads. As long as it is not too strong, it works well with greyscale. I applied to a college for Graphic Design, and right now I wish high school was over so I could just practice creating horse art... :P And your rambling is helpful. :)
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RebeccaStapp Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Looks like it turned out well! :D And good luck with the graphic design college! I wish that I had been brave enough to do that.
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Sassykatt1 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the tips :3 I'll stop using straight white and black when doing my gray scales
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RebeccaStapp Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hope it helps. :)
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Sassykatt1 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it will take a while to break out of the old habit XD
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horselady36501 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Student General Artist
used it here [link] can you tell me what you think? this was my first time doing gray scale and i have a mouse no pad :(
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RebeccaStapp Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for letting me know. :) The shape of the shading is really pretty, if that makes sense. Maybe try going a little bolder with the shadows and highlights in grayscale? But it's looking good! :D
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horselady36501 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student General Artist
thank you :)
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patchesofheaven74 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i might try this some time!
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RebeccaStapp Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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the-redowl Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
This is great and I'd love to try it but I was just wondering-is there actually any advantage to colouring grayscale because it seems to be more complicated :)
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RebeccaStapp Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I think it depends on the person. For me the advantage is really focusing on the shading and getting the forms and details just right without having to worry about mixing colors at the same time. I don't know if it is more complicated (it is actually easier for me) but there are definitely more steps.
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the-redowl Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Well i'm trying it out now and I guess i'll just have to see which I prefer :)
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RebeccaStapp Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome. :D
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the-redowl Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
:)
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Shimmering-Elf-Rawr Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful! You made it very simple for people like me. xD
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RebeccaStapp Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent! I was going for simple! :meow: I know that Photoshop can be really overwhelming sometimes, lol
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EquineRibbon Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent tut! Will definitely be using :)
For step 1 (using the greys), did you smudge the greys together, or use another technique?
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RebeccaStapp Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
For step 1 I painted with a hard, round brush set to pen pressure for opacity, sort of in a blobby swirly motion. I do the shadows first, then smudge really lightly, then do a new layer of highlights and smudge lightly. It does lose a bit of texture if you smudge too much, so blending as much as possible with the paint brush helps.

Hope it helps!
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EquineRibbon Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, thanks! Yes, it does help :hug:
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Twilight-Veil Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Girl. You saved my life. I've been searching dA like mad for good tut. Your tut is by far the easiest to understand and actually do. I've been grayscale shading like crazy but I can never seem to get the colors on right. This will surely help me!
You are awesome for making this. Thank you Bec!! :heart: :cuddle:
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RebeccaStapp Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, that means a lot! I'm glad it's understandable. :meow: I tend to ramble, lol.
And homg! I saw what you made with it for "practice." -faint- So prettyful! I'd say you got the colors spot on.
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Twilight-Veil Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfectly understandable! :glomp:
Thanks love! All thanks to you! :D
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alavara Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010   Photographer
Very nice! this will help a lot! thanks for putting in the time to make this tutorial! :)
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RebeccaStapp Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful! I'm glad it helps! :)
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SophieTookaPhoto Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You can also use that to change eye colour in people :B
Just putting that out there.
But yeah, thanks for this. It's a useful little trick, that may come in handy in the future. :D
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RebeccaStapp Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, yes you can. :bucktooth: Very handy for that, in fact.
That was the first thing I tried doing when I started fiddling around with changing color, actually! Hehehe.

I hope it helps you out some. :D Though it sounds like you've got a handle on it already!
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SophieTookaPhoto Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Well thanks :)
I didn't know how to change from Grayscale though, so it's super handy :D
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RebeccaStapp Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
And now you know! ;) Hehe, glad it helped!
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horsesrlife Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
wonderful description and pictures :) thanks a lot.
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RebeccaStapp Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm very glad to hear that...must be doing something right! :giggle:
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lovedrunkk Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
does this work on photoshop elements 7? i can't wuite figure it out.
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RebeccaStapp Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It should...though you may want to check out an Adobe help site or a tutorial that is especially made for PS Elements. I have not worked in Elements for a long time, so I can't say for sure. But if I remember correctly, it should have the capability. ;)
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lovedrunkk Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
Alright. I'll play around with it. I'm just not sure about the layer settings and all.
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