How to Color Edward Elric From Full Metal Alchemist In Photoshop

Artist: Dawn / September 3, 2008
How to Color Edward Elric From Full Metal Alchemist In Photoshop

Step 1.


Okay so now we will first start off with a basic rough sketch. The rough sketch should always pin point where the body is positioned in. When you draw your final lines on a separate layer, be sure that you are absolutely positive that you want your c   

Step 2.


Okay now that you have your rough sketch all settled, we will make a new layer to begin our final lining. This is a finalizing process to make your image clean and clear. I am using a Wacom tablet to draw all my lines and coloring. If you don't have    

Step 3.


This is the color scheme that I used to color Edward Elric. I picked my colors by getting an image of Edward online and then picking the base colors of his clothing, skin, hair etc. I then made a palette out of it. What is a palette? It is an area of   

Step 4.


OK now that I finished lining out the image, we will begin to color! The coloring process we will be using is suitable for a mouse and a tablet. All you need to do is make a new layer and call it 'color'. After that make sure you lock your line art l   

Step 5.


Now, as you can see I finished coloring Edward. Here's when the coloring starts to pay off. We are going to shade!! Make a new layer and call it shades. Set its effect to multiply. This will make a chosen color darker then it is. In almost all of my    

Step 6.


Nom nom...OK now before we even start to shade, we are going to alter our brush settings to make shading control easier. This technique however is suitable only for a Wacom Tablet. Now if you have one, set your brush to the settings shown. Watch out    

Step 7.


Everyone must know about the light source in images...right? Well if you don't know about it then I will tell you! The light source is simply the direction light is coming from. In this case, the light source is coming from the top left corner. When    

Step 8.


Ok now we will begin to shade. When shading make sure you get in those creases and corners. This will make your image seem to 'pop out' from its place. The settings of our brush is making shading control very easy. If you feel satisfied about your re   

Step 9.


Ahem...now we will get out a smaller brush hard edged brush and make some of the shadows more bold. Make sure the brush setting is the same as the one you used previously! Now this shading will make your image more crisp and realistic. When you start   

Step 10.


Yay! We are now going to proceed to the highlighting step! This step should be easy for you to accomplish. Shading and highlighting takes a lot of practice. I remember when I first got Photoshop and I started to color and shade unaware of the shading   

Step 11.


Now start highlighting! Highlight only the spots that you think light would be hitting. Remember your light source! Once you realize your light source, you are pretty much perfectly ready to highlight areas that need some brightness. Use the same bru   

Step 12.


Now my favorite part about this step is that we're gonna use an almost white color to give Edward's face some volume. In a lot of the anime and manga I see characters that have these 'white spots' beneath their eyes, lips and nose. When you add these   

Step 13.


Hmmmmm...now we will start to do the hair shading and highlighting. A lot of people request tutorials on how to color the hair and how to make that 'shine' effect on the hair. In these steps I will show you how to achieve this task. First thing is fi   

Step 14.


Ok...now get out your smudge tool! This is where the magic begins for the hair! We want Edward's hairs to look really pretty don't we??? Set your smudge tool to the settings shown in the image. After you have done that we are ready to prepare for th   

Step 15.


Now this is where all that hair shading starts to pay off. This is the favorite part that everyone has been waiting for! We are now going to do the hair highlighting! This is personally my favorite part about coloring. First things first, go on your    

Step 16.


Once again, get out your smudge tool and smudge all of that highlight in. You never want your highlights to look bold! If you do then it will look like as if Edward's hair was rinsed in grease. Smudge carefully and don't overdo it. If you do then you   

Step 17.


Well folks, this is pretty much the last step to the finish point. This is pretty much the best part of highlighting hair. Pick a color that is is lighter then the previous one you used. In this case I used an almost white yellow. Get out a very smal   

Step 18.


And guess what!! We're done!! Total Edward pwnage! I made a new layer and got out a very low opacity soft brush added some blue to his skin and clothes. This will make him look like he's actually in the atmosphere he's in. This will make more realism   

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Artist: Dawn
Date Added: September 3, 2008
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Description: In this quick and easy tutorial you will learn all the tricks of the trade when it comes to coloring Edward Elric. This is a tutorial coloring lesson that will help you learn you basic shading, coloring, highlighting, and lining of your finished character drawing. I made the steps easy to read and follow to insure that you get a fluent understanding on how to color in Photoshop. This tutorial is for those that are new to Photoshop, are existing users of Photoshop but have not yet learned how to color, or for those of you that are beginning to explore the coloring concept of this art lovers program. I hope you will come out of this coloring tutorial with some basic coloring skills. Remember, once you learned how to color Edward Elric you should be able to color any other character that you desire because all the principles stay the same. Well let me let you start this online coloring lesson so you can use your technique with something new.