Learn Comic Book Coloring!

Learn how to digitally color comic, anime, or manga art with Photoshop from a professional colorist--includes brushes!
  • Lectures 15
  • Video 4 Hours
  • Skill level all level
  • Languages English
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Course Description

If you're interested in learning how to color comic, manga, or anime art with Photoshop, this is a great place to start! You can learn the secrets, tips, and tricks that can make coloring comics a fun hobby, a part-time job, or maybe even a career!

This course, taught by Judge Dredd and Hack/slash colorist K. Michael Russell, includes all the basics to get started as well as some advanced techniques.

Whether you are a beginner needing “Coloring 101" or you just want to learn some new techniques to improve your speed or quality, there's something here for everybody.

Course materials will include:

  • Black and white line art from professional comic book penciller Max Dunbar to color along with the lecture videos.
  • Color profiles to ensure proper color reproduction for web and print use.
  • Photoshop Actions to automate certain aspects of the coloring process.
  • Color swatches: A palette of preset colors--exactly as the instructor uses them for his published work.
  • 4 hours of instructional videos featuring real-time coloring by professional comic book colorist K Michael Russell
  • Pre-flatted art for coloring practice

Learn the entire process

Each lecture covers a different step in the coloring process. Once the basics have been outlined in the first section, the second section moves onto some more advanced techniques. The last section includes the best way to build your portfolio, get noticed, and find that first coloring gig!

By the end of this course, you'll have learned the skills required to master Photoshop as a tool to create stunning colored comic book pages or strips. So, if you want to learn how to become a comic book colorist, this is a great place to begin your journey!

This version of the course (1.0) is only available on Udemy. Visit the instructor's website for other coloring course options and resources.

What are the requirements?

  • Some familiarity with Photoshop (not much required)
  • Photoshop
  • A digital drawing tablet is highly recommended.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 15 lectures and 3.5 hours of content!
  • Set up line art for coloring
  • Pick colors that work well
  • Flat pages quickly and easily
  • Render light and shadow with several different techniques.
  • Change the color of line art
  • Add special effects and textures
  • Build a solid portfolio

What is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for anyone interested in learning how to color comic art with Photoshop

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Curriculum

Section 1: The Basics
01:40

A quick introduction with sample of the type of content you will see later in the course.

08:15

Let's get the technical stuff out of the way! In this lecture, we'll optimize Photoshop for coloring and set up your menus. (Feel free to use your own setup if you are comfortable! There's no "right" way.Check the supplemental material for downloadable presets for brushes, tools, color profiles, swatches, etc.

05:47

In this lecture, I'll show you how to set up pencilled or inked pages for coloring in Photoshop--an important first step! Make sure any art you decide to import and color is at least 300 dpi if you ever want to print it.

41:03

This lecture covers how to pick base colors to avoid "muddy" pages in print, flatting and the tools involved, and a bit of color theory terminology.

Pop Quiz!
3 questions
Section 2: Coloring Like A Pro!
14:51

Cel-shading style... for all you anime and cartoon colorists! Check the Supplemental files for the pre-flatted PSD file used in this lecture, some extra line-art from artist Max Dunbar, and a great resource for learning about color theory and lighting.

16:58

In this lecture, we'll talk about how to render using the "cut and grad" style--one of the most popular coloring styles. Check the Supplemental Files for a real-time video featuring me coloring a page from Hack/Slash #1 using this style.

08:31

"Painterly" style! And some tips on multiple light sources. Check the supplemental section for links to some of my favorite digital painters--lots of education there!

09:55

We take a look at a few of my pages from actual projects that feature techniques we've covered, and we also look ahead at some examples of what you'll be learning in the next section: Advanced Coloring Techniques!

Pop Quiz!
3 questions
Section 3: Advanced Coloring Techniques
09:05

Here I'll show you how to change the color of the line art for use with SFX or atmospheric perspective. The industry term is "color holds".

13:16

Special effects! It's one of the most fun parts of coloring comics... making fires glow, lightning strike, and explosions explode off the page.

10:01

In this lecture, we'll be discussing how to add interest and hint at detail with textures.

18:40

In this lecture, we'll cover several concepts that help with storytelling as a colorist using several of the techniques we've already discussed plus a few new ones.

16:57

In this lecture, we'll discuss a few common errors that I often see from new colorists--some of the same mistakes I made when I first started!

Pop Quiz!
3 questions
Section 4: Putting Your Colors To Work!
05:37

In this lecture, I'll cover how to export the hi-res CMYK tiff files required (generally) for print use and how to create web-ready versions as well.

15:31

In this lecture, I'll discuss several aspects of the business of being a colorist -- building a portfolio, using social media and Internet forums to find your first gig, and what you can expect from your first coloring job.

Instructor Biography

K Michael Russell , Professional Colorist (HACK/SLASH, JUDGE DREDD)

K Michael Russell has been working professionally as a comic book colorist since 2011. Recent work includes Judge Dredd for IDW Publishing and the mini-series Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain for Image Comics.

He launched his first coloring course in May of 2014. He now maintains a beginner course on Udemy and another on his website.

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    • Andy Ziegler

    A Great Overview with Good Resources

    This couse is about more than just rendering comic colors. With an added focus on storytelling and the business side of the comic industry, as someone new to coloring for comics, this couse was a great learning experience from file setup to converting for print.

    • Alexander Ndiritu

    Just What I Was Looking For

    This is a great course for anyone interested in comics. It doesn't matter what level your understanding is, everything is explained perfectly.

    • John Dockins

    Outstanding

    Excellent course. Easy to follow with great examples. Highly recommend.

    • Jim Mooney

    While I knew some things about colouring...

    ...I learned a whole lot more! I never knew about the cut and grad method nor about line colouring, and yet the professor covers all of this. Each lecture is the appropriate length and packed full of information and techniques, and the professor has a great way of explaining things clearly. I highly recommend this course.

    • Lindsay Doebler

    Half way through Section 2, already learning lots

    I just finished cel-shading my first piece and I'm so pleased with the result! The lessons on flating and cel-shading were great and I'm looking forward to learning more as I continue. Everything is laid out simply and easily so even a beginner like myself can follow along and make something awesome looking.

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