Colour Adjustments for Illustrations- Enhancing colours in Adobe Photoshop


Hi there! I am sharing my editing process for my scanned/digitalized illustrations. I drew Spanish musician and producer Bad Gyal. I wanted to draw her for a while, and I finally did it! I hope I will be able to make more drawings of her in the future.  What inspires me about her? Probably her original use of auto-tune, dance-hall beats, her independence and outstanding confidence. If you want to learn more about her, peep her work at instagram.com/akabadgyal

This illustration was edited with 2 Adobe Photoshop adjustments that to me are essential when re-touching colours. I used colour pencils in my original drawing, therefore, some colours get washed out once scanned. Editing helps me bring out the colours and also play with different variations. It's fun to play with colours until you feel happy with the outcome, the only downside about this is that you can spend hours deciding. If you are an indecisive person, make sure you time yourself!

Please be advised, I will go over my editing quickly if you are really into learning more about these settings, there's a lot of resources online. I highly recommend courses provided by the Adobe Creative Cloud, If you want to get more insight about my process, or send me opinions and/or suggestions my email is atonita.draws@gmail.com

Thank you for reading!

Program: Adobe Photoshop
Scanner: Canon Pixma TS5120

Image- Adjustment- Labels 
Customize your labels settings to make your colours pop out more. Drag the little sliders until you are happy with the result.

Feel free to learn more details about the Labels adjustment option because is essential for proper image editing.

Image- Adjustment- Selective colours
This option is my Go-To option when I want to play with variations of colours. Click on the drop-down menu to go through all the colours. You can keep it simple to start, I usually just change the White, Black and Neutral.

For example: in this illustration, I changed the White, by moving the percentage in the"black" slider to approximately -40. This helped me get rid of the dirt marks in the original scanned image background.

Note: be careful when playing with these sliders and make sure to look at your whole image so you don't miss unwanted colour changes.

In this specific drawing, because my character has green and yellow tints in her hair, I went ahead and modified the GREEN and YELLOW. I would suggest practicing until you understand how the sliders work.

Have fun!

-Carolina aka AtonitaDraws-

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