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[SAI...tutorial ? ] How I colour Things by uchuubranko [SAI...tutorial ? ] How I colour Things by uchuubranko
        I Do NOT own Ayanami Rei, the character! It just happened to be her! XD She's from Evangelion


How I colour characters etc...please download if you can't see it/ or it's slow! :iconpinkballoonplz:

I don't know if to call this a tutorial, so I couldn't settle between "I'm doing like this" and "You do like this" phrases XD

:happybounce: check out this tutorial for SAI TOOLS if you are a beginner with the program >>
:happybounce: feel free to ask, I'd be glad to clarify something :hug:
:happybounce: feel free to share on websites/etc
:happybounce: crediting if you reference isn't obligatory but appreciated :heart: :tighthug:
:happybounce: it's my way of colouring, you're not obligated to follow sit strictly/ do it like you would do it and help yourself from some parts :nod:
:happybounce: please don't modify, remove credit and / or crop this tutorial


I hope it will help someone....maybe? :iconimsotiredcryplz:

starry sky tutorial : ; original drawing : ; if you want to colour the line : (please don't make it like this ^ :giggle: )

like an alpaca~ :iconlazepacaplz:
I hope you have a wonderful week everyone!! :iconlisbethhugplz:

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ULTRAWONDERFUL :iconrydi1689: FOR THE DD! :iconohfuckgrandpaplz: :icontearplz: thank you so much for all the support as well! :faint::faint::faint::faint::faint:

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[SAI...tutorial ? ] How I colour Things by *uchuubranko is the tutorial to go if you want an informative, easy-to-follow and helpful guide to improve your colouring technique! Learn how to add special effects to the background to make your character blend in! A must read!
Featured as part of Manga & Anime Project Educate Week. ( Featured by rydi1689 )
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darkrecon7890 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
have you ever tried blending with the transparency tool? i saw someone do it but i dont understand at all. love your drawings btw
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uchuubranko Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student General Artist
no, as far as I remember, I haven't :) Are you using photoshop or paint tool SAI?
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darkrecon7890 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sai and i actually tried it, turning tansparency on with airbrush tool, it kinda works nice for some things xD
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02Tralx02 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you helped me out ! :D
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Vaneeba-Averse Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
how do you get your lines to look that smooth?
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uchuubranko Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Student General Artist
For this tutorial I used the pen tool at a relatively small size. (between 2 and 5 ) I also like to zoom in as much as I can for straight lines. It's much easier to continue lining a long line or sketch while zoomed in. :w00t:
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Vaneeba-Averse Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the tip, I'm terrible at this (SAI) its all new to me 
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Everen1999 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
I got a question, the problem isnt the technic to colour, but I dont have the patience to colour x(. any tips on how to train myself to like , know thenice colour combinations and how to train yourselve to colour like this? I tend to have no confidence in my colouring cuz im scared the colour combinations is bad and i might just spoil the picture. thank youuuu!!
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uchuubranko Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Student General Artist
Sorry for such a late reply! D:

- To try out random colour combinations, take them from liked pictures for example, and paint with them! That is if you don't already have few ideas :D You need to observe and determine for yourself which colours work together, as it varies from person to person just like style. :love:  I understand the fear! :dummy: But just think that you need to start somewhere. With trial and error you'll surely master colours in no time. :aww: :heart: Just go for it! dA has a huge variety of arts, I often see stunning colours here. :woohoo:
Here is a good tutorial based on colours : Tutorial 17 A turtle walkthrough
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Everen1999 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
Im grateful that you gave a replyyy!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you very muchhhhhh!!
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Lammebill Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, I would like to ask if you always keep your opacity at 100%, even when you blend colours? I tried your brush settings and when I try to blend 2 colours I always get those hard edges because of the new mixed colour. I watched one video of your speed paintings and you seemed to have no problems to achieve a smooth transition between colours though, especially on the face. So I just wonder if you can even get it smooth without lowering the opacity.
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uchuubranko Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Hello, :love:
hmm it sure depends! Opacity is always at its 100% for my Main Brush because it has a shape (Stringy_L) which helps me blend things easily. For a shapeless brush (your usual round one) I usually change the opacity between 100 and 40. I sometimes may use the blur tool at full or lower opacity on some parts or skin. My main brush, however, doesn't change much. I like shading with the help of tones. ex : when Blending tone A (light) and tone Z (dark) I add in-between tones, b,c,d and w,x,y. My tablet pen's buttons are set on the pick tool so I can easily pick surrounding colours and tones, and that helps a lot too. As a pressing matter, tones A and Z will be in high contrast, but to produce b,c,d and w,x,y, I always press lightly to generate them from A and Z.

omg. I don't know in what I changed my explanation into... O_o I read it again and wtf. Still I don't have a better way of explaining :'C Feel free to ask further details if needed. :bucktooth:
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Lammebill Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't worry that explanation fully made sense to me, I will try this.
Thank you very much for taking your time to help other people, that's really kind :)
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uchuubranko Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Student General Artist
yay! :'D :heart:
my pleasure and thank you for checking it out! :hug:
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lilybunny25 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome!! thanks for making this tutorial! This will really help
me in my coloring! :heart: Llama Emoji-02 (Blush) [V1] 

I have one question though: what are your settings for your brush which you use to blend colors with?
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uchuubranko Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you and my pleasure! :hug:

I use the same 2 brushes for everything

Star! settings/names may differ for each version of SAI Star!
just follow the order and it should be right
Brush 1 (main brush) settings :
- min size : 0
- density : 100
(Stringy_L)
(none)
- color blending : 4
- opacity mix : 17
- persistence : 7
(keep opacity is checked)
- quality : 4
- hardness : 30
- min density : 33
- max density : 33
- hard - soft : 116
(density / size / clr blend are all checked )

Brush 2 (secondary brush)

- min size : 0
- density : 100
(none)
(none)
- color blending : 31
- opacity mix : 48
- persistence : 43
(keep opacity is checked)
- quality : 4
- hardness : 21
- min density : 0
- max density : 0
- hard - soft : 104
(density / size / clr blend are all checked )
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lilybunny25 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow thank you!
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Momatsu Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Um, how do I line/ink like you? I mean when I try to line/ink the lines are always ugly like it's drawn when sitting in a car and the car is driving.. So my question is how do I make beautiful lines like you and other artists? (I'm new to this xD) 
Another question if you don't mind. When I use the brush tool before I preserve opacity do I have to erase the colours that are out the lines with the eraser? :o I use big brush sizes when I just brush the hair before preserving opacity lock so the colour always gets out of hair/face or whatever I'm trying to colour.. So do I have to erase all of it by an eraser? :S
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uchuubranko Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Inking depends a lot on your personal preferences and brush settings. I experimented inking with both pen tool and brush tool and settled with the latter.
In SAI, you have a "smoothing" setting in the upper right part, when you click it a list of numbers appears. The last number is the slowest brush while the first one is normal. My lines are ugly with the 1st one too! :XD: I use the number 2 or 3, it helps straighten/smoothen (not even a word :lol:) the line details. Other than this is practice and your hand getting used to your brush and tablet. :eager: Try to make quick and straight lines first, till the trembling feeling disappears.

Yes, you'll have to erase the colour that is outside of the lines if you want to have clean work. :noes: Erasing the colours AFTER you click opacity lock will only look like they're erased but will not actually erase them. Or you can colour directly without many "colour get-outs" by using smaller brushes and doing a colour contour inside the lines then applying the bucket tool. (refer to tutorial ) :love:
hope it helps. :hug:
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Momatsu Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for your answer ^^
By the smoothing setting in SAI do you mean the 'Qualty' when you click on 'advanced settings' or when double clicking a tool and then choosing the numbers in 'stroke stabilizer'?
What if I erased before clicking opacity lock? Will it then be erased? ^^
So coloring really takes a lot of time :o...
Thanks again for answering! :hug:

PS: Can you do a tutorial or something about what tools you use to sketch, ink, color and shade? Like your size, blending, edge hardness, etc..? (I know I'm kinda exaggerating)..I would be really grateful if you did or if you already had one done and I missed it, then can you please post the link below? :hug:
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uchuubranko Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Student General Artist
sorry for the late reply! :crying:
I believe we don't have the same SAI version, so I'd go for the "stroke stabilizer" although I'm not sure. :XD: By clicking it, your brush should be "late" in following the pen movements/strokes, creating a smooth line. (:
Erasing before clicking the opacity lock is a must! Yes! ^^

I always change tools for sketching, but recently I'm hooked up in abusing the brush tool no 1 (check below) for sketch, lineart, and colouring.
:dummy: I have the brush settings here :

Star! settings/names may differ for each version of SAI Star!
just follow the order and it should be right
Brush 1 (main brush) settings :
- min size : 0
- density : 100
(Stringy_L)
(none)
- color blending : 4
- opacity mix : 17
- persistence : 7
(keep opacity is checked)
- quality : 4
- hardness : 30
- min density : 33
- max density : 33
- hard - soft : 116
(density / size / clr blend are all checked )

Brush 2 (secondary brush)

- min size : 0
- density : 100
(none)
(none)
- color blending : 31
- opacity mix : 48
- persistence : 43
(keep opacity is checked)
- quality : 4
- hardness : 21
- min density : 0
- max density : 0
- hard - soft : 104
(density / size / clr blend are all checked )
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Momatsu Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oh allright! Thank you very much for your help!
Now I know what you meant with the 'Stabilizer' on Paint Tool SAI. I was new to this so I didn't really know what or where things was. :rofl:
I'm kinda used to the lines right now, and I use S-7 for the hair (although it's not really spiky xD).
I'm really grateful for your help, I'm glad that you answered back to me :hug:
So again... Thank you! :)
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LittleCookiePiggy Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow thank you, I've struggled with colouring clothing for years now and as soon as I took your advice I could see an instant improvement! No more weirdly shiny clothing for my drawings <3
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Gondile Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm very appreciative of this guide. Thank you.
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sl2004 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student Artist
Thank you so much :D
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sl2004 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student Artist
Thank you so much :DD
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KissyGooGoo321 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
How to lock Lineart Layer?
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MinecraftWarfare Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
how do I color WIPs downloaded from the web like this? 
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heartparasite Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this wonderful tutorial. Even with limited colors, you still executed it well.
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uchuubranko Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Student General Artist
I've never considered my palette as being limited, although I agree it's VERY repetitive. :'D Real-life clouds are rarely colourful too :XD:
Thanks so much!! :heart:
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Burakkurose Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ano...i'm having trouble when changing the line art colour, what must i do? ( i'm sorry my english is bad :D ) thank's :D
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uchuubranko Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Student General Artist
just lock the lineart layer and fill it with the colour you want. (:
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Burakkurose Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
okay thank's (: that's help a lot
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Banagherlinks Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
I'm having troubke with line art. I want them to look as if they were painted or blended with the colors as if there was no ljne art( sorry I'm having trouble expressing it XD). How do you make them look as if it was not really there after coloring??
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uchuubranko Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student General Artist
That is easy! :glomp: After you make the lineart, lower the lineart layer opacity to the extremes when you colour! You'll notice that at the end, when you hide the lineart layer, the painting is already polished because of the lack of a clear line to guide you. :eager: Hide it, show it, and finally polish up a bit of the colours and you're free to delete the lines or have them there at low opacity, either works good. Try it out and lemme know! I personally love doing this :giggle:

On the other hand, notice that when your lineart is 100% visible and you hide it, the coloured parts are a mess! :dummy:
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Banagherlinks Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Thank I will try that  tip, it's gonna be a great help XD
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Banagherlinks Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Does this mean that I have to lower the linear art's opacity before coloring? 
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uchuubranko Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Student General Artist
yes.
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IggyKirklandDJones Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Let me tell you something about you
YOU
ARE
SO
COOL
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cherryking8 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really have a problem and I would be happy happy if you could help me Sweating a little...
Because when I colour my pictures the lineart hides under the colours so you can't see it anymore... what am I doing wrong? emmplz (fixed) 
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uchuubranko Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Are you using a different layer for the colours? Just move the "colour" layer below the "lineart" layer and that should fix it. :iconcocowaveplz:
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cherryking8 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sorry but how do i do that? I know I am dumb.... but i just can't handle with colouring things Waaaah! 
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uchuubranko Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Student General Artist
What program are you using? :'D I suggest you search for basic colouring tutorials on the program you have, and also tutorials on the tools of the program, such as Tool Settings Tutorial - Paint Tool SAI by MaakuCat
There are many on dA, just have fun browsing! :giggle:

Moving a layer is easy, you just have to drag & drop it below another one. I don't know what program you're using though, so I can't describe well yet. :bucktooth:
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cherryking8 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh thank you :) well I am using paint tool sai but I walways did drop it below another one and it doesnt help anything ;-;
But thank you :hug:
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uchuubranko Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Student General Artist
Does the colour layer still cover the line even after you drop it below? :noes: It shouldn't be like that...:saddummy:
If the lines you have are made on that layer (and not scanned or from somewhere else in form of JPG) it should work. If the lines are not made directly on the layer, try putting the line layer this time below the colour layer and set the colour layer on "multiply" :eager:
:huggle:
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cherryking8 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oki thanks Hug 
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cherryking8 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ohhh... thank you sooo much Hug 
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MatoMiArte Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Student General Artist
thanks for the tips, I'm gonna try colouring yours :), really nice work btw 
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Kyrinekigo Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks its helped me figured out I was doing something wrong the whole time 
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MirenaKoda Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Q* i love it thank you!
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