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[TUTORIAL] DBZ StepbyStep Walkthrough. by HughFreeman [TUTORIAL] DBZ StepbyStep Walkthrough. by HughFreeman

I'm not sure who this will be useful to but I figured I'd do one of these anyway. I guess if nothing else it gives you a rough idea of my process.

[A] Here I have the linework, which in this case I drew entirely in PS, nothing exciting here yet.
[B] What I've done here is I've locked the line art layer and set the blending mode to "linear burn", this is how I achieve my color holds.
[C] Here I apply the "flat" colors, probably the most tedious and un-enjoyable part of the the whole process.
[D] This is where it starts to get fun, here I apply cel style shadows with a deep blue or purple.
[E] Now I add some highlights and gradients. With the highlights I set the layer blending mode to overlay and use white or a light grey.
[F] At this stage I want to give my shadows more of an authentic "animated" cel look, so I duplicate my shadow layer and apply a gaussian blur of about 7-9% whatever or whatever feels/looks appropriate at the time.
[G]Another fun part, applying some mood lighting. What I do is I select my shadow layer (CMD+Click), then Invert (CMD + i) Then while your selection is still active click on your flats layer, select the magic wand and (option + click) OUTSIDE of the flat colors, this will deselect everything exept the selection you need to make your lighting, while the selection is still active create a new layer over or under the lineart (over is probably better) and fill or use the gradient tool to cast some lighting, use a bright color. I'll bet none of that made sense lol *sigh*
[F] Here I add a few more effects, blurs and such. To bring out more color I'll flatten everything, duplicate the layer, set the duplicate layer blending mode to HARD LIGHT, 50% opacity and apply a noise filter. FILTER>ADD NOISE>MONOCHROMATIC (set values to whatever suits you, then apply a Gaussian blur of about 40%, all of this together should give the image more color and a smooth animated look. Also you can play with color adjustment to intensify the mood of the image.


I hope that made sense to somebody lol

Never done one of these so there's plenty of room for improvement lol. Perhaps my next "tutorial" will be my approach to anatomy construction and posing.
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jonarty Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
el modo c de tu explicación me recordó como coloreo y cuando lo hago grito como loco cundo coloreo
Infindibulator Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
I have been ignoring different blending modes for too long....  And this tutorial is really great. But I'm not sure if i understood G part correctly ;)
GhettoNerd Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I totally get it lol.
HughFreeman Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Filmographer
Link-artist Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
do you use a computer mouse or a tablet?? :3
manuarts3000 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
ChineseWarri0r Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Was trying this style out, but when I make the line art Linear Burn, it doesnt turn light grey like yours. Even with colour layers on the bottom it does nothing :S Why :(
conniewalker7919 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Amazing technique. You are a master of your craft!
JamesLeeStone Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Great! You should do a Youtube video of the process!
HughFreeman Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Student Filmographer
I will when I have more time for sure :)
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