Advanced Digital Comic Coloring Concepts & Techniques

2 Jun , 2018  

  • Photoshop. The included (but optional) Tool Presets require CS6 or higher (CC).
  • A solid understanding of the basics of Photoshop’s tools (lasso, brush, bucket tool, etc).
  • Basic coloring knowledge (how to color under line art, etc.) This is NOT a beginner course.

Advanced Digital Comic Coloring Concepts & Techniques is the follow-up to my course “A Pro’s Guide to Comic Book Coloring.” This course will teach you new skills and further expand on your knowledge of sequential comic book coloring in Photoshop. 

My name is K. Michael Russell, and I’ve been published in over 70 comics as a colorist for companies like DC Comics, Image Comics, IDW, Top Cow, Oni Press, and more. I’ve taught thousands of students worldwide about how to think as a colorist. Coloring can be a fun hobby, a part-time side hustle, or even a career. It all depends on the work you put in. 

This course covers a wealth a material on a variety of subjects with lots of practical examples. “There are as many ways to color as there are colorists,” a colorist friend of mine said recently. Here, I’ll show you a few different methods for layering, lighting and shading techniques, how to color different surfaces like glass, metal, hair, and skin. 

I’ll cover some of the quirks of color theory and color relativity and explain why color can be so scary! I’ll teach you how to take advantage of Photoshop’s adjustment layers, masks, and color modes to get a great final product.

Enroll, and you’ll gain instant access to the entire course. Each lesson is easy to follow, step by step, and in real-time. There are 1000’s of tutorials out there, but most show different methods that aren’t related. These lessons build on each other – a real coloring curriculum and the most comprehensive available anywhere.

Here’s what you get!

You’ll get access to over six hours of real-time, easy-to-follow video lessons on a wide variety of topics. 

  • The course starts with going over a few different layering and rendering techniques. There are a lot of ways to color in Photoshop. 
  • You’ll learn about how to think in three dimensions instead of just two! I’ll cover my techniques for coloring a variety of surfaces and special effects techniques. 
  • We’ll go in-depth on choosing colors, minimal palettes, color blending, and color psychology. 
  • The basics of color theory are covered along with instructions for overcoming challenges unique to color in comics. 
  • We’ll cover more of the most important aspect of coloring – storytelling… along with lessons on why realism can be a bad thing!
  • I’ll teach you my thought process on matching coloring styles with line art styles as well as more details on blending modes. 
  • We’ll go through rendering with adjustment layers – a new technique for this course, RGB vs CMYK, and color corrections. 
  • I’ll provide tips on getting faster and teach you lots of shortcuts and things that will save you time – which is crucial in a production environment like comics. 
  • I’ll also go over my thoughts on hardware and software, and industry FAQ on rates and professional expectations.

What else will you get?

  • Lifetime access to course materials
  • A deeper understanding of sequential coloring.
  • Downloadable Photoshop Tool Presets (CS6+ required), Photoshop Actions
  • A selection of professionally-drawn line art from some penciller friends of mine and projects I’ve worked on.
  • A big collection of pre-flatted pages from actual projects.
  • Full-issue breakdowns where I’ll explain my thought process on coloring a project. 

All of this… right here in one place. So stop wandering around the internet trying to figure this stuff out on your own! I hope to see you inside! 🙂


NOTE: This course is not a beginner course. If you do not have some familiarity with Photoshop tools and coloring basics, please check out my other coloring course – “A Pro’s Guide to Digital Comic Book Coloring.” 

Who is the target audience?
  • Students looking for more in-depth methods for rendering different surfaces such as hair, skin, glass, metal, etc.
  • Students looking to learn fun new ways to color using adjustments layers and masks.
  • Students looking for a deeper understanding of storytelling as a comic book colorist.
  • Students looking for methods to create minimal palettes and choosing pleasing light and shadow colors.

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