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How to Color Your Manga Drawing in Photoshop

PREPARE TO COLOR
 
1.  Draw a picture* of a manga character - person, animal, tree, whatever!
 
2.  Ink your drawing (draw over the pencil lines in ink, then erase the pencil).
 
3.  Use a scanner or digital camera to transfer your drawing on to the computer (save the image as a JPG or JPEG).  Now you're ready to color in Photoshop! 
 
*If you don't have a picture ready, right-click and Copy the example "Photo ID" picture below, and then Paste it into Photoshop.

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STEP 2:  The Brush Tool

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Use the Brush Tool (click on it or press B on the keyboard) to color in the areas you've selected.

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Choose a size for your Brush that is easy to work with, and choose Mode:  Darken - this makes sure your black ink lines are not covered up with color.  Make sure Opacity and Flow are 100%.  (If you want a soft airbrush effect, you can lower the numbers for Opacity and Flow.)
 
Choose a color from Swatches or Color tabs on the right hand side of your screen.

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STEP 3:  Shading
 
Now choose a darker color from Color or Swatches to shade your drawing.  In my example, I used a darker skin tone along the bottoms of the arms, the bottoms of the fingers, and under the chin. 
 
STEP 4:  Keep Going!
 
Use the Selection Tool to select new areas, and then the Brush Tool to select new colors - and keep coloring until your picture is done!
 
In my example, I used the Selection Tool to select the mouth area, and colored it in pink.
 

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START
 
This is the Photoshop CS3 toolbar.  -------->
 
The most important tools for this lesson are the Selection Tool (keyboard shortcut W) and the Brush (keyboard shortcut B).
 
STEP 1:  The Selection Tool

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Use the Selection Tool (click on it or press W on the keyboard) to select the areas you want to fill with your first color.  Click and drag the Selection Tool to select an area.  A dotted flickering line will appear around the area you've selected.
 
In the example below, I selected the arms, hand, and face to start coloring.  Since the arms and face are separate areas, I held down the SHIFT key and then clicked and dragged with the mouse to add an area
 
When I needed leave out an area (like the eyes or mouth), I held down the ALT key while clicking and dragging within the area I wanted to subtract.

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In the picture above, you can see that the color stays within the dotted lines.  That's the magic of the Selection Tool - you can't make a mistake and color outside the lines!

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