Friday, August 6, 2010

Changing Colors Tutorial by Rachel

So I have this beautiful image and these beautiful papers that I want to use with it. The problem? I don't have the correct color tones to match the paper! So this is a quick tutorial on what I do when I need to "dirty" something up/tone it down, whatever you want to call it ;0)

I color the image first with colors that match the papers as close as I can. 

The colors on the paper are pretty, but a bit muted so I am going to add a marker with a grey tone in it, in this case YG93.  You do NOT have to use this specific marker, most markers with grey tones will work, this is just the one I personally prefer.

 I don't want to touch the pink or the olive green colors because they are fine as they are, but I do want to tone down the blues and oranges and the brighter green.  I use my YG93 to start in the darker areas and do a single light layer up to the lighter areas.  On my orange I didn't want to mess with the light orange area much so I stayed away from it, but on the blue I really want to change the whole tone so I colored over the whole area.

There isn't a huge, dramatic difference, but if you look at the orange, blue and bright green they are toned down a bit and match the paper a bit better (click on pic for larger one).

I also did the same thing on the leaves of the tree on this card; the turquiose I had was just not the right shade so I swiped it with my YG93 to tone down the color a bit:

Images by Pink Cat Studio


Robin said...

thanks for the info... will def. be handy!! Cheers, Robin

Leanne said...

Hi Rachel! Thanks for that tutorial. I do the same thing for bright colors. I usually go with C00 to tone down really bright colors that don't match. MFS!!

Donna said...

Your blog is awesome. I own a store in Thunder Bay, Canada and I have put your blog address into my email newsletters and I give it out to anyone who purchases copics in my store. Keep up the great job!

Anonymous said...

This is such a fabulous trick!!! :)
Thanks so much for sharing!
Oh, and that card is gorgeous!

Alice said...

wonderful technique!! thanks for the tutorial! i'll have to try this!!

Jamie N. said...

Ooh that is a very cool tutorial, Rachel! And such a smart idea.

Tigriswillreign said...

Great tip! Thanks!!