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How To Color For Comics Paperback – March 8, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Antarctic Press (March 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932453415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932453416
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,764,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

The Bad: First and foremost, unfortunately, the book is outdated.
CB
Well, telling us the different styles is all good, but the book doesn't really go over all of them step by step.
Adriana M. Scott
This is the book to have if you want your comic to have the ANIME style of coloring for your work.
J. London

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Rebis on December 28, 2005
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As a professional illustrator working on my first graphic novel, I went in search of reference material on some established techniques in comic art these days. I found some of the hints and tips in this book to be extremely helpful. The skill of the authors is readily apparent, as opposed to in a great many other "how-to" books out there in which the author (read: perpetrator) has no business teaching anything. I read this book at a store and have just ordered it, so I can't say how useful the accompanying CD is, but I'm sure anyone with a basic knowledge of photoshop will find it very useful.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By danny daniels on April 21, 2006
I'm sorry I have to disagree with Linda's review. I found my CD to be totally overloaded with everything needed to go along with the book: brushes, swatches and tons of line art from the comics to exercise with. I've bought the best tutorial CDs from the top pros, bought the best books comic coloring, and none of them shared as much of the fine-point-nitty-gritty techniques as this book does - I'm referring to comic book coloring only - not digital painting. The book can be tagged vague, if you do not have some knowledge of Photoshop. But, on the other hand, what it does teach you is enough to give you the tools you do need to create what the book and CD supplies you with. Bottom line: it's a short book, color from start to finish, and very very generous in sharing the tricks of the trade. It just takes your desire to become a good colorist to complete the journey. The only downside I see here by Amazon is that they should give you a Search Inside feature so you can see for yourself some of the eye-popping stuff you will learn. Enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Mars on May 6, 2006
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This is the first book I have looked at on the subject. It is not well organized if one is looking for step by step lessons. It is photoshop specific but not version specific. The authors therefore try not to get too menu oriented. Which is fine by me. I use Corel Painter and I haven't had any trouble using their techniques in Painter.

The reason being, the fundamentals are presented and reinforced in every example. The fundamentals are what is important. So no matter what software you are using, you will learn how these artists use layers, paint brush, airbrush, burn, dodge, color balance, and smudge to create some very nice art work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adriana M. Scott on July 30, 2009
I was excited when I got this book in the mail today. I got to reading it right away. However, I found myself skipping through a lot of stuff I already knew. While this book isn't for the intermediate artist... I don't think it's for beginners either. It leaves out a lot of important stuff.

If you look in the contents, you'll see that they different "styles" of coloring are listed. Anime style, Soft airbrush style, hard airbrush style (the main comic style nowadays), and digital painting. Well, telling us the different styles is all good, but the book doesn't really go over all of them step by step. The only two are hard airbrush style using the lasso and the other is hard edge anime style. Even those two walkthroughs are pretty vague.

I thought this was more of a showcase of GURU-eFXs coloring style. It's OK for reference if you're good with looking at how a drawing is colored and reproducing that same effect, but for the rest of us who actually need more instruction, it's not so great. Plus the pages were way to thin and easily tearable.
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By Dietrich Adonis on September 6, 2006
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I recieved this book over the Labour Day weekend and went through it with a fine toothed comb; THEN I read the reviews.

The book CAN be tough to get through; BUT the authors DO emphasize a beginner's knowledge of PhotoShop:

1. The lessons are NOT bad; if you do them in small chunks.

2. Go to a section that interests you first; then backtrack.

3. DO THE WORK IN THE BOOK!!! You REALLY need to..PRACTICE!!

My ONLY complaint is that the "LEVELS" video file DID NOT work!!

I tried on my I-Mac and my HP laptop!!

The files, swatches, etc seemed to work fine.

BOTTOM LINE: Use this book along with "The DC Guide to Coloring & Lettering Comics" and BlueLine Pro's " Digital Coloring for Comics"

and you will be fine...!!!
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