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Transparent Rock Tutorial #0004 Learnuary by danimation2001 Transparent Rock Tutorial #0004 Learnuary by danimation2001
Updating the beginning section with more information on the Color picker.
A new Tutorial on creating a transparent stone image.

Hope it's a bit useful. Maybe I can do a tutorial on coloring pupils next.

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studiooneeight Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018  Professional General Artist
Great tutorial!
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jel Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018   General Artist
Nice tut man!
I don't know if you plan to, but it would be cool if you could elaborate a little on how you use the L.a.b color picker.
I've tried to emulate what you do in the tutorial, but couldn't really understand how to find the "middle color", since the appearance of the color picker changes a lot between the base color and the background color, ie I can't have the base color and the BG at the same time on the same window, unlike you in you first color picker window and in the one called fade (don't know if I'm clear).
How can one do that?

Aaprt from that, great tut man, colors as banging as ever!
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danimation2001 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 12, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
That unfortunately does not exist. If you look closely you'll see that the first L.A.B. color picker is an overlay of the same three windows below it. I probably should have explained that but I think it was getting a bit to stretched out in the beginning for it.

A lot of it is completed visual, eyedrop the base color then press "X" to flip to the background box color for the BG color to be Eyedropped into the foreground color. You can now have two colors to Eyedrop between while in the color picker L.A.B. window.

You can also select between the bg on screen with the Eyedropper tool as well but I usually like to just use the foreground and bg box colors to eyedrop from. Notice the visual difference between to the two colors on your Color picker as you eyedrop between the two.

Notice the circles placement and as well the warm and Cool bar scale to the right of the bigger box. You'll have to find a selection between these two.

Sorry there is no magical means of making it easy for us. This is currently the best that I know of to making it as easy as possible to see where to go next.

Let me know if that is helpful for you or if something is unclear about what I just said.

If you understand now, do you think I should edit this information in regardless of how stretched out it would make the tutorial at the beginning?
Actually now that I think about it, I can at the least put in a little blurb about it being an overlay of the three windows below under the bigger one.
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jel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018   General Artist
First of all, thank you very much for the detailed reply!
Yes, I think I've understood what you've said. Basically you check where the different cursors are located, and try to find a middle ground once you open the color picker window again to find the fade.

A little more info on that part in the tutorial would definitely help I think.

On a sidenote, regarding the result color : wouldn't it be possible to achieve the same approximate find by just using the opacity settings and mixing of the two colors, in an easier and more natural way? Or is there some fundamuntal difference which escapes me?
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danimation2001 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Ok, Let's say that you want a specific color, and not just something that photoshop's programing gives to you. That is what I would say is the reason for not really relying on things like that or lowering the opacity. If you have something specific in mind don't leave it to chance or what Photoshop gives you. It's the reason why things like the dodge tool or the burn tool are frequently used very little. Those tools only get used in one way that goes straight to white and black. And while in some case it might be fine. Other cases usually need something else in the middle than what is given with the program.

You can very well mix the colors if you please but the end result is very specific as to what it will give you and very often your own personal touch to a piece is what can make it yours and not photoshop's 

Sometimes the in betweens like for skins require a pure saturated color to show the blood under the skin where mixing colors can mute that saturation. And when you put other colors that you place on top after doing so there will be a noted difference between the two if not just a little.

Also keep in mind that all of this is being completed while in the color picker. I use the color picker and the eyedrop tool while in the color picker and since the base and the bg colors are already selected in my tool background color and foreground color boxes. I simply go back and forth between the two and visually consider where I would put the middle. between them. So there's no need to open the color picker again.

I'll extend the beginning a bit and implement that part into it.

Thanks!
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STUDIOBLINKTWICE Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018  Professional Artist
Man, that's hugely effective! Thank you so much for sharing!!

Lorenzo!
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danimation2001 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
No problem. Going for an eye coloring tutorial next. Any ideas for anything that you think might interest people?
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STUDIOBLINKTWICE Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2018  Professional Artist
People love to have the complicated stuff explained in a bite-sized way which is easy to comprehend and quick to apply. I recommend using similes - "An ear from behind looks like an updide down bowl on it's side" etc - this is the fastest way to learn :)

Hope that's useful!

Lorenzo!
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Infinity8th Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018  Student General Artist
This is so useful, thank you so much :dummy:
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danimation2001 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome.
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tisbore Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018
I've been watching your art for a very long time, I've always loved your coloring. This is a very cool tutorial, thanks for sharing!
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AngelJasiel Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing :heart:
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Astaukki Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018
Awesome tutorial!
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