I'm presently working on a pic where I worked it up in greyscale first, & think I'm about ready to start applying color. Since this is my first time working in this manner, I've been doing some research on proper techniques, or advices, on how to add color without taking away from the greyscale version. ... From what I've read thus far, there seems to be a few ways to do this, but the most common way is to use a layer set to color. (says it doesn't affect the values that have already been placed in. But there are a few things that it doesn't address) the first being what is the best brush to use for applying color? ... (Now this is just my personal thoughts here, and I may be wrong?) But I would think that since the values & textures have already been added in while working in greyscale, would it therefore be correct to assume that the airbrush would be best for this? My thinking is that unless you are trying to add additional texture, that you are basically just adding colors to the existing pic. I would also assume that working with the airbrush (with it's soft edges) would allow you to place the color down in layers, using a low opacity, and building it up slowly? Am I correct in my thinking, or am I missing something?
... And lastly, I came across a small section/article in this months' IFX issue, (March 2012 - page 41) in reference to adding color to a greyscale pic. The only thing is, it was only shown in 3 steps, was very brief, and with very few details. But some things that were mentioned I don't really understand, or maybe have different thoughts on? (I have attached a screen shot of this which I hope is ok? if not, please let me know and I will remove it) ... but the author mentions two things I question. First - flattening the whole image before adding color? Though I can understand this, my present thoughts for this particular piece I'm working on, was to keep it broke down in 3 layers, or sections. A background, mid-ground & fore-ground. (as I have it now) My thinking was after adding color, I could then manipulate these three sectors separately, without having to adjust the pic as a whole? Is this correct, or should I flatten the image as a whole, as it suggest? ... Secondly, as you can see below, it states in step 2: 'create a new layer and set the layer mode to color. (And here's the part I'm not getting) is states 'Before you go any further, lay down a 100 percent opacity coat over the entire image to act as an under-painting colour.??? ... Few things, first - is this done on a separate layer, or the same layer you will be working on? Also, 100 percent opacity of a color? or just set the layers properties to these settings and flatten it to the image? (what does this actually do, and is it needed?) ... I hope I'm not coming across stupid here, it's just that with the minimal information that is provided in this article, coupled with the fact this being my first attempt at doing a piece this way, I'm just not understanding this step?
Thanks in advance for anyone who might be able to provide insight on these questions, and sorry if I've been long winded here. I'm really trying to get solid information and learn the proper ways to do all this, instead of just fumbling around and just doing it in a way that simply works, but doesn't do the picture itself any justice. ... thanks again. :) - Oh, and in case anyone wants to see the pic I'm referring to, it can be found here. http://community.imaginefx.com/forums/storage/7/374996/SeaHorse.jpg
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