Pixey Posted May 3, 2014 Share Posted May 3, 2014 This tutorial is available as a PDF. Click here to view or download it How to color a Manga/Anime in Paint.NET This tutorial assumes a basic knowledge of using Paint.NET – i.e. the use of the ‘selection tools’, Gradients and the Magic Wand. Plug-ins used: Align ObjectRandom Shape FillMirror Plugin Index I will use this abbreviation T-A to denote the Transparency-Alpha in this tutorial. It can be found in the color window after you click on ‘more’. Be aware at all times which layer you are painting on. Step 1 You can draw your own Manga/Anime, or use the one provided for this tutorial here. Just save it and paste into a new, transparent layer in Paint.NET – above the Background Layer. If you make your own sketch, remember to have clear, solid lines – not too thick – and make sure all the lines meet. This is important for using the magic wand to select areas, so that you can fill with color easily and without going outside of the lines. In the tutorial you will be returning to the Manga Outline Layer repeatedly, to ‘select areas’ and then you will ‘switch’ to another layer to add colors, shading, highlighting, etc. Make sure to centre the Manga after uploading: Effects – Align Object - Center Step 2 Make your Background Layer – with a Linear Gradient with the colors: E1D0C9 and F6EDE7 Step 3 New Layer – this is for the solid colors of the Manga. Choose your own, or you can use the color swatches I’ve used for the tutorial. Name this layer Base Color. With the magic wand tool ‘select’ the skin on the Manga Layer and then switch to the Base Color Layer and with the paint bucket tool add the color FDE8D5 to the face and neck area. Don’t forget the ear! Working back and forth between the Manga Layer and Base Color Layer, select each area to color and go back to the Base Color Layer to add the color, whilst the Manga is still selected (ants around the selected area). Tips: To zoom: Ctrl + for in and Ctrl – for out. Or: Ctrl and scroll with mouse wheel To select more than one area at a time with the magic wand , press Ctrl whilst selecting.Step 4 New Layer for the shading – named …………. Shading! Again, working back and forth using the main Manga to select the area, begin with shading the face and neck with a color – I’ve used F5BABA. Set the Transparency-Alpha at #4 and shade the skin with a brush size of 30 – 40. Slow movement = better color coverage. To BLEND the color switch to the eraser and gently erase where the color is too strong. As the T-A is still low from you painting the shading, it will be gentle and you can get a great smudging effect using the eraser this way. Practice, practice, practice ………. paint brush and then the eraser to blend. Step 5 New Layer – Highlights. With the color White at a T-A of between 4 – 20, again using the selection method to ‘select’ the skin then switch to your New Layer and gently paint-in some highlights. Use the eraser to smudge - with the T-A at a low of about #4. Tip: The larger the brush, the smoother the smudging. Practice will make perfect Step 6 Let’s do the eyes. New Layer. With the color of your choice, or mine 392944 and A1C7CA, use the Ellipse Tool to draw a circle for the iris’s on both eyes. Fill with Linear Gradient Gaussian Blur at default. Next you can upload eye lashes from here and, place them on the top of the eyes. Merge :MergeLayerDown: the eyelashes down together to one layer. Then move :MoveLayerDown: the lash layer below the Manga Layer and merge with the Eye Layer. Step 7 New Layer for the Hair shading. Magic wand the Manga Hair (use ‘Ctrl + to select every single hair strand) then switch to the New Layer and with the paintbrush at T-A 20 or more, fill in darker strands. After this, smudge with the eraser with T-A at #3. Whilst the hair is still selected (alive with ants), make a new layer for highlights. (If you lose the hair selection, go back and magic wand the Manga again) With color FFFFC7 add highlights to get a nice shine. Use the eraser to smudge at #3. Check often to make sure you are on the right layer. Tip: To make a perfect Halo highlight, make a new layer and use the Ellipse and Ellipse Subtract to get a Halo and fill this with the highlight color at a higher T-A. De-select and Gaussian Blur at +8. Tip: Don’t forget to put back your Ellipse Selection back to ‘Replace’ :Replace: when finished, otherwise the magic wand will not work on the Manga. Make a New Layer to make lines with the Line/Tool to make the highlights more intense. Gaussian Blur at default and use the eraser again to blend. You can now merge down :MergeLayerDown: the Halo Layer to the Hair Highlights and then the Intensify Layer to the Highlight Layer. Step 8 The Dress. New Layer and call it Dress Shadows. Select the Dress on the Manga, before painting on the New Layer. With a slightly darker color than the dress, first add some shading with BEC0E2 - with T-A at 20 and a brush size of about 15 – make sweeping strokes down the front of the dress. Eraser at +3 to smudge After this add some lighter shading with color D8DBFF and make finer lines down the dress. Also some darker with CFCCC7. Gaussian Blur at default. Step 9 Now for the Flower. New Layer and do your magic with the shades and highlights! Remember to stay on the right Layer. Step 10 Now to add some Manga-type spots! In White, on a New Layer, grab the Lasso select then go to Effects – Render – Random Shape fill – and play with the adjustments until you get an array of white spots. Then go to Effects – Mirror – left half over right half. Again – Mirror – bottom half over top. Then, using the Rectangle Select the spots and move them around to your liking and resize them as well. Step 11 Now to use the Color Burn trick to get some vibrancy and ‘Oomph’ (thanks to @Withers tutorial) On a New Layer above everything, fill the layer with the color A5A5A5 and then uncheck the box so it becomes invisible to the eye. Make another New Layer above it, call it Color Burn and change the ‘Gradient’ to Color Burn Use your Manga layer to magic wand hair, face, body, dress, etc., and go back and forth to the top layer and with the Paintbrush and a low T-A between 3 -6, paint long, sweeping strokes to get nice colors on the hair and dress and flower. Experiment with different colors – you will find some look good, other not. Technically the Manga is now completed and you can go to – Image – Flatten – and you are done! Or, once flattened you can use Adjustments - Levels – and play with the sliders until happy with the strength of the colors. You can also play with Effects – Color – Color Flip/Rotate Special thanks to Stephanie Valentine for her eye lash brushes – to be found here 7 Quote How I made Jennifer & Halle in Paint.net My Gallery | My Deviant Art "Rescuing one animal may not change the world, but for that animal their world is changed forever!" anon. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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