Adding Detail and Color a Drawing

The author of this tutorial is K. J. Hartmann.

Often after making an outline or sketch in a hurry, you later want to add color. This can be done on a computer, if you have scanned the image or made it with a graphics editor.

Of course, color can be added with an image editor, but the task can be time-consuming.

As you will see, with AKVIS Coloriage color can be added to an image quite easily:

Black and White Outline Color Drawing

First I drew an outline of a flower

Pencil Sketch
Figure 1

and filled it with different shades of grey, giving it volume.

Image of Flower
Figure 2

Then I clicked the Magic Wand outside of the flower (fig. 3), to highlight the white area.

Figure 3

I used the Gradient Fill tool to fill the area with varying shades of grey in a direction leading outward from the center (fig. 4).

Filling the Background
Figure 4

Then I called AKVIS Coloriage from the menu: Effects -> AKVIS -> Coloriage and painted the drawing, choosing a color with the pipette from the Color Palette and drawing lines along the contours of the object. I also drew a boundary where one color should be separated from another (fig. 5). During processing the program will change the colors of the image, taking into account the brightness of the original image.

Color Strokes
Figure 5

Now the image can be processed by pressing the button with a triangle . The result is shown in figure 6.

Drawing, Painted with AKVIS Coloriage
Figure 6

Here is another demonstration of AKVIS Coloriage.

I returned to the black and white image of the flower and once again called the AKVIS Coloriage plugin. After pressing the to load saved strokes, the image appears as in figure 5.

Next I went to the color palette to change some colors, and applied the changes with the Magic Tube tool . The repainted strokes are shown in figure 7.

Figure 7

In figure 8 you can see the new result:

Color Drawing
Figure 8


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