Feb 14 2014 19:15 219 notes

cae’s mini palette tutorial

image

WELL I’M LONG DUE FOR A TUTORIAL OF SOME KIND— i’ve already written an old albeit still relevant colour tutorial, as well as an mspaint one… but, each neglects to reveal a key trade secret to my colour palette ability

PAINT.NET's colour curves.

SO, for this tutorial i’m going to walk you through how i use colour curves to spice up my colour palettes… and perhaps yours as well LAUGHS!! 

image

SO! IN GENERAL i have two programs up when i draw. i have MSpaint (XP version) and i have PAINT.NET

First off, there’s really no cheating the system LOL. Create your base art with colours you find comfortable/pretty good-looking! 

image

That’s my base incidentally enough— (note: read my previous tutorials linked above if you’re curious as to how i did that). I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY encourage you to use your own art for this, not anyone else’s palettes because we’re looking at what colours suit *~your individual style/piece*~. 

ANYWHO! THE COLOURS TO MY aika pixel bust are workable/balanced, but I find that it is overall Pretty Dull. To spice things up i copy pasta the thing onto paint.NET.

image

NEXT, FIND THE COLOUR CURVES.

image

SWITCH FROM LUMINOSITY TO RGB TRANSFER MAP.

image

OK! so, the below check boxes affect each colour amount in your picture! the red channel only affects red, green green blue blue. if both the red and green are checked, it affects the yellow. if red and blue purple, if green and blue cyan! RGB all checked affects luminosity.

THERE ARE A BUNCH of technical hoozits and what’s its but i’m going to suggest you ignore that and just fiddle around with things. (if it’s helpful tho, left affects the darker areas of your art, right affects the lighter areas; moving curves above the main diagonal line increases the amount of colour in your piece, moving curves below the main diagonal line drains the amount of checked colours in your piece. YOU’LL SEE. PLEASE JUST TRY IT—)

image

OK!! So here’s an example of Me Playing With My Art. you’ll note how i made the darker tones *VERY RED*! I also made the light-midtones NOT VERY BLUE but the lighter tones *VERY BLUE*!! 

It looks a Lot More Interesting than the original…

BUT! Since we’re not relying merely on a machine but your eyes as well… I also notice that while i really like what these curves did to my piece… the oranges are really too jarring.

SO! I take it back onto paint where i manually edit the orange

image

i note that the orange is too saturated so i manually eyeball and pick an orange that’s less saturated!

if you’re like me and enjoy pecking at the numbers you can get very precise with this (i actually decreased orange by 10 values). if you’re not (you really don’t have to be), then loosey-goosey is good enough!

image

(left is colour curved, right is corrected manually)

ANNDDD REPEAT AD NAUSEUM !! HAND EDIT YOUR COLOURS! PLAY WITH THOSE CURVES! and at the end, pick the result you like best and impress your friends.

image

are the ones i came up with! i’d end one of the last three because it’s accurate to the original design! i like second row bottom and first row second one over tho… so i’d keep those for a rainy day/future pieces.

either way! these are the kind of colour schemes that you’ll know looks good on your stuff… b/c well, they’re colours tailored with your stuff and personal tastes in mind!

KA-WINK— 

  1. gigglemouse reblogged this from chaddiecakes
  2. rotisseur reblogged this from chaddiecakes
  3. shota-bun reblogged this from dojizerker
  4. dojizerker reblogged this from chaddiecakes
  5. misterdictator reblogged this from chaddiecakes
  6. fivestarsteak reblogged this from impoxa
  7. white-claudia reblogged this from chaddiecakes
  8. 2spooky2live reblogged this from chaddiecakes
  9. pikons reblogged this from chaddiecakes
  10. agameru reblogged this from chaddiecakes
  11. lemonfruitpie reblogged this from chaddiecakes
  12. run-back-together reblogged this from zerachin
  13. thesickprince reblogged this from mochiibun
  14. acatalipsy reblogged this from chaddiecakes
  15. albingo reblogged this from mochiibun
  16. marshaljay reblogged this from blue-gold-demigod-clouds
  17. 2forshow reblogged this from mochiibun
  18. blue-gold-demigod-clouds reblogged this from chaddiecakes