- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Impact; Pap/Cdr edition (March 3, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1581809921
- ISBN-13: 978-1581809923
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 77 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hi-Fi Color For Comics: Digital Techniques for Professional Results Paperback – March 3, 2008
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NOTE: This review for the previous edition. Book Review: Hi-Fi Color For Comics: Digital Techniques for Professional Results by Teoh Yi Chie on January 30, 2011 It's nice to see a book dedicated to comics colouring, a subject that other comics instructional books often have only a chapter about. The software recommended is Photoshop - the book uses version CS3. You'll get the most out of the book by using the same software. Some of the files and scripts on the CD-ROM provided can only be used by Photoshop. Also, the instructions are geared towards Photoshop, such as the menu commands. This is a very practical book with lots of step-by-step lessons, and homework assignments. The lessons starts from the basics like scanning, to filling colours, to adding special effects. Some of the tips and techniques mentioned are major time-savers. The Photoshop scripts and actions are particularly useful, and you can use them for your own work. There are some mistakes in the instructions but most are simple enough to figure out. I was stuck at Lesson 4 and emailed the author Brian Miller who replied later. Turned out I didn't prepare the file using the process taught earlier. All lessons towards the back build on what you have learned. Process matters. One should pay special attention to the chapter on colour separation and trapping. I work for a newspaper and printing mishaps like colour plates misalignment happen often. It's important to understand colour trapping. This book is highly recommended to beginner and intermediate comic artists. --Parkablogs
NOTE: This review for the previous edition. Review by John Erickson, September 2008 Hi-Fi Color for Comics teaches a popular method of coloring comic book art, called the cut-and-grad or cut-and-brush method (depending which of two subtle variations you use), which is a hybrid of cartoon-like cell shading and realistic rendering. The early sections about how to scan the art, block in flat color and basic Photoshop skills was pretty much just a review for me, but once it got into the actual rendering method, I learned some valuable new techniques. This is a great book for beginners to digital coloring because it starts from the ground up, but it's not bad for moderately experienced artists who want to learn some new tricks. --Artwiki at Wikidot
Hi-Fi Color for Comics Robert Sodaro April 1, 2014 If you are looking how to learn how to color comic books with step-by-step Photoshop tutorials from the pros who color comics for Marvel, DC, & Image, then you ll want to check out this amazing Kickstarter from Hi-Fi Colour Design and Brian Miller. As an aspiring artist, you probably have your share of art instruction books in your collection and you probably found some of these books more useful than others. That s simply to be expected. Some authors talk at great length about art and can be quite interesting. Other books demonstrate the author creating amazing illustrations but don t always give you the information you need to achieve similar results. Turns out that the most helpful art instruction books don t simply either just talk about art, or show you art, they teach you how to create something you could not have achieved before owning the book. Hi-Fi Color for Comics provides the reader with step-by-step tutorials and artwork designed to teach you how to color comic book illustrations from start to finish. Whether you want to scan and color traditional artwork or color artwork that was created digitally, this book will show you exactly how to prep your pages for color using the provided template. If you are new to comic coloring, you will learn how to use the tools and techniques required to complete the tutorials in the book. The included Hi-Fi scripts and actions simplify the technical aspects of coloring so you can focus on being creative. Automated page set-up to start coloring quickly Magically prep your page for special effects Push button color separations with trapping for professional results The book contains step-by-step tutorials show you how to easily break down images into areas of flat color. You will learn tool tricks that will both save you time as well as learn how to use Adobe Photoshop Channels function in order to give you unlimited undos when coloring. You can even follow along with the provided comicbook artwork. There are also tutorials teaching how to render backgrounds, exteriors and interiors, ground and sky, vehicles, as well as figures using cut-n-grad and cut-n-brush techniques. You will learn how to paint with light the Hi-Fi way. Plus there are new rendering tutorials featuring artwork by legendary comic creator J. Scott Campbell that you can follow along with and color yourself. Other tutorials include: Knockout color holds quickly using the included Hi-Fi actions and easy to learn techniques. Learn how to apply color holds to add depth and dimension to your artwork Make fire effects, flares, sparkles, glows, muzzle blasts, warp effects, and more. Learn how you can create special effects images once to use over and over again. See special effects applied to actual published artwork Need to convert to CMYK color for commercial printing? The included Hi-Fi color settings and 1-2-3 AutomationTM scripts make it easier than ever to achieve professional results Get advice about creating your portfolio, attending comic conventions, and submitting samples. Learn the secret to getting started and making a great impression --Comics Bulletin --This text refers to the Spiral-bound edition.
From the Publisher
Unleash your creativity with techniques and coloring secrets from the masters at Hi-Fi. You will learn all about:
- Scanning comic artwork and combining multiple scans into one large image
- Flats. Breaking down images into flat color
- Rendering. Painting with light the Hi-Fi way
- Color Holds & Knockouts
- Special Effects. Fire effects, flares, sparkles, glows, muzzle blasts, and more.
- Color separations with trapping for professional commercial printing & publishing.
Each chapter features Step-by-step tutorials with full-color illustrations guide you through each concept, ensuring your success.
Top customer reviews
If your aspiring to become a colorist or interested at all in the field of comics this will open your eyes to how cool art's built.
artist/creator/and now colorist Theodore Raymond Riddle
The techniques the book lays out are very clear and the structure of the book (as a series of progressive exercises) really drives home the Hows and more important the Whys of digital coloring.
I'm a pro comic book artist and this book was invaluable in helping me to broaden my skillset.
Made a login and everything but it won't sent me the email to confirm. I Don't know why.
Edit. Something with the login broke on my end. I got all the files via contacting Brian. He showed me what to do. Score adjusted to reflect change