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Time to color the pic!

Basic Coloration


This is the easiest part. Change the Image Mode to Grayscale, then to RGB color. Pick the Paint Bucket tool and select the colors you want for each part of the image and, well, color it in. :) Like so:


More Detail


Normally you could have a finished picture here if you wanted to. In my case, some edits need to be made. Notice that I left the outlines for the shine of Blitz's armor. We need to fix this. Pick the Dropper tool to select the basic armor color, then use the Pencil tool at a small size and add a bit of color to where the outlines meet other black lines. This separates it and keeps you from having a headache later. After that, pick the Paint Bucket tool and fill in the separated black lines.
   


Shadows


Now, I could leave the pic as it is and call it finished, but I prefer to add shadows to it. :) For my case, we need to use two things: The Magic Wand tool and the Line tool. Double-click the Wand tool and uncheck Anti-aliasing in the options box that appears (leaving it checked is a big mistake that many people make. Anti-aliasing blends lines and selected areas. This is only good in some cases, but in many cases, it kills). Set the Tolerance to 0 then click the area you want to color with the Wand. Next, pick the Line tool (click and hold the Pencil tool to make the Line tool option appear to the side). Set the line size to about 3 and draw medium-sized lines with your shadow color and outline the area you wish to have the shadows go into. Make sure anti-aliasing is always off for all tools you use now, otherwise you'll run into problems. Once you outline the shadow area, fill in the area with your shadow color using the Paint Bucket. Repeat for all other areas of the pic.


Extras


You can now add a background if you wish. It isn't necessary, but you can if you want to. Select the background area of the pic with the Magic Wand tool and work away. :) I'll detail some tricks to this in a future walkthrough.


Complete!



Tada! A finished pic! :) For this pic of Blitz, I showed you the more basic coloration method. I use different techniques depending on the pic and the effects I want. :) I'll illustrate a number of methods as time goes on. If there are certain techniques and effects you'd like to see demonstrated, feel free to contact me and I will post them up. :) Have fun!