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colouring tutorial by YOB colouring tutorial by YOB
if you have any questions i will gladly answer :D and the line art is here. [link]

i'm not really good at these, but its how i do it kinda LOL

i use photoshop CS but you should be able to do and use these tools in most photoshop programs :D

also see the photo here [link]
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ESMEEETJ Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student
I just cant get the lineart without some white :s i just really dont know what i'm doing wrong
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YOB Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are you using photoshop?
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:iconesmeeetj:
ESMEEETJ Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student
Yeess
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:iconyob:
YOB Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry its taken so long to reply you, just moved house :) I’m using photoshop cs and the easiest way to get clean lines is by opening the lineart in photoshop, (I’m not sure if this works in elements but should do in cs and upwards.)
Go to edit > define brush preset.
this will make a custom brush, now all you do, is open a new canvas, and use your new brush on a new layer, it will be the last brush on your brush list. Click on the layer with your mouse (best way for me coz it doesn’t slip if you are using a tablet pen) and you will have a clear lineart on the layer, and you can continue to paint under your new lineart.
Hope that helps.
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ESMEEETJ Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student
Thanks i will try this :D
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puckrietveld Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
Which brush is that smudge brush? x
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:iconyob:
YOB Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the one I use is under the name 'wet sponge' :) I have made a brush pack if you are using photoshop cs and up you should be able to use it... [link] its the second brush on the list.
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ApplepieArtworks Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This was just what I was looking for! And it's great! I really love it!
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EveOfDawn Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I am a bit confused on the wet sponge tool thing. I use Photoshop CS4 and I have no clue as to where to find it. The only sponge I know of is with the dodge/burn tools.
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:iconyob:
YOB Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure if CS4 has that brush, I use CS the ones I have were just the standard issue brushes that come with Photoshop?
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EveOfDawn Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I was told it would be the equivalent of 100% smudge by a good friend of mine, but if I know PS correctly, that brush obliterates everything.
Thank you for the quick reply. I appreciate it.
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:iconyob:
YOB Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I could try uploading the file with a couple brushes I use it might be in the next few days though,
The wet sponge doesn’t really work quite at 100% I use it because its the only brush I've come across to work the way I imagine a smudge should work, mostly because it doesn’t taper or use any sort of opacity like most of the other brushes do.
Check back in a few days, I’ll try sort out a file with the brushes I use :)
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knightriding Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, you're an amazing artist! I've been looking to find someone who will reveal the nicest techniques, thanks so much for the tutorial.
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:iconyob:
YOB Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:aww: thank you very much!
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evi1angel9 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Wow, best tutorial ever? I think so! Just a few questions though, how many layers did you use? Did you separate highlights and shadows into different layers? I just did everything on the same layer and it looks good in my opinion. What size brushes do you use? Like for doing the main highlights and shadows, did you switch brush sizes a lot or not at all? Did you get rid of the lines and do you recommend it after finishing shading? Sorry for 20 questions, just trying to improve although my first try looked awesome so I'm gonna keep trying till I get it perfect! Thank you :D
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:iconyob:
YOB Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks :)
i cant remember how many layers i used for this one, but normally on a picture i have the line art layer and then the layer that i will colour in (under the lineart) and then the mane and tail layer, so normally 3, i sometimes have a markings layer too :)
the highlights all go on one layer too.

my brush size changes pretty often too, my finger actually rests on the bracket button ( [ and ] ) is the short key to brush size. but its normally around 10 - 13px depending on what i'm doing picture detailed work like the eyes for eg i use small brush 3px, the mane and tail i normally have a 3px brush (:

i dont normally get rid of my lines, normally i colour them in the same colour as that part of the body, so that it looks as if i've erased them, it really depends on the style you like more, i like both :XD:

hope that helps. and thanks for looking!
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evi1angel9 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Hey thanks for getting back so fast! Awesome answers and really helpful. Thanks so much for this tutorial :D
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evi1angel9 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Hey again, just wanted to let you know I posted my finished piece, I hope it does your art justice!

[link]
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UntamedSpiritForever Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
I can't read the writing...too small lol
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:iconyob:
YOB Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you can download the full-size image :) DA wont let me post this as its original size
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Paardjee Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so useful and a beautiful drawing! :love:
Thank you! :la:
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dandyhorse Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
Hio! thanks for the useful Tutorial! I used for my drawing. Thank you so much! If
you want you can see here the result : [link]
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Minotuarlord Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Student Digital Artist
cant read text D:
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:iconyob:
YOB Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hit the download button on the right (: you should be able to read the text then, if you still cant, i'll fix it.
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Apatheticc Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
Darn! I use ms paint!
hopefully I can get photoshop soon.
Thanks for the tutorial! it was super helpful:)
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LadyRavensknot Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
Thank you for such a wonderful tutorial. :D It's by far the best realistic horse colouring tutorial I've ever found. :meow:


I was just wondering (after practising) how you do your smudging, do you follow the flow of the muscles or use a circular motion (or something along those lines. :D)? Am I right that you use a smudge brush of size 6 px? (that's what it looks like here. :dummy: ). Thanks in advance. :aww:
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:iconyob:
YOB Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:aww: thank you!
Mostly i use my smudge tool to soften the hard edges of the two different highlights, this also helps you blend the colours together for a more realistic look
Normally i follow the flow, of the muscles. i don’t really have specific way of smudging apart from trying to make it look smooth, my brush size also depends, i use a smaller bush size like 6px to get a more detailed smudge for things like the face where areas are small, otherwise i usually go around 11px to about 20px depending on the size of the area :)

Hope that helps :)
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LadyRavensknot Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
Yes that helps a lot, I really cannot thank you enough. :heart:
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Starchayser Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
i am going to try this!!!
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CiaraS46 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
you are AMAZING at that this is defantly the best tutorial iv came across so far :D thank you so much x :)
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:iconyob:
YOB Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are very welcome! :aww:
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Horse-gal127 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
veeeeerry good, but, where's its tail? I have been wondering how people do their shading, but this is JUST wat i was looking 4!
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YOB Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:XD: at the time no matter how i put in the tail, it just looked very wrong, and it didnt look to bad without one :D
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Horse-gal127 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
it still looks awsome anyway, besides, maybe it's just flowing behind it at an angle we can't see :D
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FearlessFilly Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
So, do you just smudge with the wet sponge brush with a color when you are under your brush tool OR do you smudge with the wet sponge brush under the smudge tool?

Great tutorial! You make this look way too easy! Gorgeous horse!!!
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:iconyob:
YOB Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i use the smudge tool with the wet sponge :)
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FearlessFilly Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
Thank ya very much!
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omnipsionic Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
Life-saver.
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krazyhorse Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw this tutorial off of WSTopDeck's friends list awhile ago and I forgot your username and I spend forever looking for you again just for this tutorial
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KathyKnodoff Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My definite favorite so far. Simple, yet ingenious ;3 Thanks for posting! <3
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:iconyob:
YOB Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D thank you!
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AlameaLio Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008
lazy? dodge and burn? That is the ONLY way I knew...but its a nice tutorial..
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:iconyob:
YOB Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL! i used to do use the burn and dodge tool all the time, but in the end it never looked the best it could to me :XD: i have to admit though it is the way i learned about photoshop and how to use highlights and low-lights the best :)
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AlameaLio Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008
lol...I think I will try your method of madness..but I deleted the smudge tool...grrr...ha ha...re install time!
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:iconyob:
YOB Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
shame man! i hate it if i delete a tool, coz its normally the next day that i need it LOL!
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AlameaLio Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008
lol I didn't mean to...it sucks...
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deviousdarkheart Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008
The wet sponge hates me. XD
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FortunaDrawings Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
This is great! ^^ Very helpful
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oAREAo Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008  Student General Artist
Wonderfully easy! :+fav:
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YOB Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :D
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