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Digital Painting Video - Greyscale to Color by ClintCearley Digital Painting Video - Greyscale to Color by ClintCearley
View video HERE on Vimeo.

The 26-minute instructional video by illustrator Clint Cearley examines the technique of progressing a greyscale image into a color one with tips to remember and problems to avoid. It's not flashy but it answers some good art questions.

If you find this video useful leave a comment and let me know. If I receive enough interest I would consider making it an ongoing thing. Also, let me know what other topics or questions you would like see covered.

Fine Print: Program used is Photoshop CS5. Image used in video is Lady Paradoxia, created by the author for the game Legend of the Cryptids. Image © Applibot, used with permission.
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khancopperfox Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very useful.  I found the explanation of using white as a cherry on top very useful.  As well as black as a cold color.  I never realized it.  Very very helpful.  How would you use contrasting tones white vs black to balance a composition?   Or do you never reach these extremes?
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hypersergio Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
cheking the vid thanks for the help!! reallly nice work!!!
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Tiancum Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the video! the explanation of midtones and greys vs white and black really helped me a lot! i still have a lot to learn, but i feel like these principles will be a huge leap in the overall quality of my art from now on. please make more like this when you can. :nod:
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ClintCearley Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're welcome, I'm glad you found the video helpful. Is there any topic any particular you'd be interested in having covered next?
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Tiancum Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I can't speak for everyone, but I think it would be awesome just to watch your full process for one of your next paintings. Or at least most of the process, even if it's a smaller one. I know that would probably be a hassle with having the tool windows covering part of your screen capture like in this one, but that would honestly be amazing. Like even showing the way you handle preliminary sketches and mess with composition and color schemes to get it just right. 
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ClintCearley Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank for the suggestion, it's one that I've been considering but it's tricky as the process generally spans several days. Perhaps I can make one that's just a cut of the highlights and major decision points.
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p0rkytso Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome tut! ty
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Cal-McKendry Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Profound video...  I've taken 4 years of specialised art highschool, and 4 more for college, and neither one of them described so well what you did concerning your mid-tones and whites. This video has certainly hit home to me and will effect the way I paint from now on. I'm definitely going to be more mindful of the mid-tones I seem to be ignoring, and explore more the colour theory I thought I had already learned long ago. My pieces are cold, and my highlights too similar despite being different materials, and I think it's because I rush too quickly from dark brown to light brown to lighter brown -then white. You've inspired me to take the time and try and simulate light and dark in more ways then just adding white or black. Also I'm one of those who lacked a reason for using Overlay, but used it because I thought that was how all digi-painters did it. Thank you for elaborating on the differences between that and Color. Thank you for this, it means a lot to every one of us.
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ClintCearley Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
I appreciate your comment and glad to hear that the video was helpful. It is somewhat sad however that in the course of 8 years of art education the issue was never properly addressed. More and more I see the need for some art instruction to cover issues that just aren't taught in most schools. Thank you for taking the time to leave your thoughts.
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Cal-McKendry Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm surprised and honored that you'd respond to my comment, and so quickly too. Thank you. The schools more just told us to try it, and didn't allow for many questions, and some people got it right away (and were more the naturally-gifted artists in the room) ...and others like me just couldn't quite grasp beyond using colour wheel complimentary colours for light and shadow. It left for a lot of guessing, and a lot of disappointing grades. Thanks again for the video, and if I were to recommend a future topic or two, they'd be going more in detail on how you made your "selections" (like with a lasso tool? -what'd you do?) ...and how to place believable vanishing points when setting up your perspective.
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