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Coloring With the Lasso Tool by coloring Coloring With the Lasso Tool by coloring
Comments, critiques, and questions are always welcomed.

For more tutorials head over to the Tutorials section of my gallery - [link]

EDIT: I just realized that the title I had was one letter too long so it said "...Lasso Too". I've edited it a bit so it can have the 'L' on "Tool".
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GustavoGimenez Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Usefull as always!!
Thank you for sharing
funkydoodler Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Question, I'm lost after step 6. are you coloring on top of the layer with a brush or are you erasing the layer to show the light layer underneath? also are you doing this on the mask part or the fill part?
coloring Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm coloring on a new layer with the brush. I filled in a base color on that layer that's dark and I'm using a brush with a lighter color to paint over the base color.  And it's in the fill part, not the mask. If you don't want to mess with a mask on Step 4 you can fill the selected area on the new layer with a base color and then lock that layer. Both ways will get the same result of keeping any work on that layer contained within a chosen area. 
RobertRijkers Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
layers ...gotta love them when you can keep alert about them.... I keep ending up working on the wrong ones and mixing the flats up ;p
Frodofox Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always have a bad habit to accidentally start my inking lines on my sketch and framework ones. Makes me rage quit every time.
guiltypetmangaka Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student Artist
How many years does it take to master coloring at Photoshop and how often within those years?
coloring Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
It would depend on the person. I don't consider myself a master of Photoshop yet. I'm learning new things all the time.
generallaserfist Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
What a unique method of coloring. I am definitely going to try this on my art.
Tandhruil Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very informative !
Drixtina Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the end result... very informative. I'll try this next time!
coloring Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks :) And feel free to comment with a link if you post what you color. It'd be cool to see somebody take what I've learned and make it their own.
Legion-renaisance Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
thank for this tutorial
microUgly Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
I still don't get ;) It seems so clumsy but you achieve such wonderful results. What I don't actually get is how you make such smooth selections. Even with a tablet I can't make such steady and clean selections.
coloring Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
The more practice the better you get with knowing how to move your hand on the tablet to get the movement you want on the screen. I've also found that the faster I can make the selections the more smooth they turn out to be, and if I don't like a selection I've made I use the handy shortcut button on my tablet that's programmed for "undo".
CoreyByas Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
I like, nice insight...just learning a bit of this kinda thing so all helps
JGessing Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
Great tutorial! Having universally soft-looking shadows has been a problem every time I color. And extra kudos for sharing your brush settings.
johnercek Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
working at print resolution, you don't need anti-aliasing on, because the image is so large that when it's shrunk down in production, that 1/2 pixel difference won't be noticed.

Of course it doesn't hurt to have it on.....
UNLESS you forget to turn it off when you do your flats.

Thanks for doing this tutorial though, FAR TOO many "colorists" don't know how to do lasso friskets.
coloring Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
True, anti-aliasing doesn't have to be on when coloring print quality stuff, but I usually just leave it on for the lasso tool in case I'm not working at print resolution. Any lasso selections I do that need anti-aliasing off I almost always do with the polygonal lasso anyway. Plus I admit when I'm zoomed in during coloring it makes me feel good to have my colors all nice and smooth.

I'm glad you like the tutorial :) I had to look up the word "friskets" because I've never done anything that involves them so I never knew the name, but the term fits very well for what I use the lasso tool for.
johnercek Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
yeah- the word frisket has several meanings, but the particular one that is important to us colorists is the "airbrush frisket". we need to start a movement so people understand what they are doing and how it harks back to a history they don't know about.
JeffStokely Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Professional
Very nice! And informative:)
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