outofthecavern said: Oh man I wish I knew how to work like that in Photoshop xD I suck at coloring I wish I was better at it with photoshop D:
Photoshop is… a bit of an… uh. Hot potato, I guess? It’s a tremendous example of dichotomy. Using it is twice as simple as people think it is, and at the same time, it is ten times as hard.
The nice thing about Photoshop is that it has no limits. To become proficient with that program, one needs a… uh, “pyramidal approach”, I think. Which means: start from the basic, and then hone your skills until you find something unique to yourself! =)
As fun as levels, adjustments, filters and everything else are, one needs to start from flat colours, first. Or at least this is my suggestion! =D
A lot of Great Artists actually work in greyscale, and then colorize the painting later on. I never did that, but I bet it work great! Back when I first started using Photoshop, I shaded my flat colours using only the Burn and Dodge tools (and a mouse)… and the crazy thing is that it worked!!! With burn and dodge I could focus on the shadows and light areas without worrying about the palette - tones, highlights, coloured shadows, reflected light, etc.- and it was great practice.
I… jumped on the filters WAY too soon; but as fun as those are (and as much of a lifesaver they are. Or yes, they ARE), the real secret is: the brushes. You don’t even have to create a personal one, or download something fancy. Just grab the standard ones that Photoshop offers, and mix them - use something soft and big for the landscapes, small and hard for the details, add textures by changing the settings (and by actually putting textures on overlay mode. That’s another lifesaver).
So… start small and basic, and then find *your* technique. do what you feel comfortable with, and know that there’s NOTHING you can do that’s “wrong”. There are no rules. Follow your heart AND brain and just… let the muse move your fingers. ;3