Tutorial: Coloring Over Your Lineart

In this quick tip tutorial, Tim Von Rueden goes over coloring over your lineart. This has been requested multiple times and I would like to show you one way of going about coloring over your lineart. This can be very intimidating for some, especially those who feel very confident with their line art but feel when they add color, it ruins the concept altogether. So below is a quick step by step that goes along with the video tutorial.

My BIGGEST advice is to be confident. You may have strong lineart so compliment that with even stronger shading techniques. The more comfortable you become with this process, the more versatile artist you will become! Just remember to keep the lineart separate on it’s own layer so that you can lay the base colors UNDER the lineart layer and then create layers ABOVE the lineart layer for coloring!

Citizen members can download the HD video along with the .PSD file from the tutorial!


Thanks again for watching and if you have any questions or difficulties leave the comments in the section below!

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26 Responses to “Tutorial: Coloring Over Your Lineart”
  1. Posts: 3

    I found this extremely helpful, thank you so much.
    I’m one to draw really simply, and follow the lineart strictly.
    Thank you so much for giving me a chance to step outside of my comfort zone, and try this!

  2. Posts: 1
    davidserret says:

    Excellent tutorial! I am now feeling more motivated to dare to color without lineart 😀 Just one question:

    How do ou do to change and keep changing your color intensities so quick? I see the swatches panel with the swatches squares moving but I’ve never seen the way to change color values such as lightness too efectively. How you recomend to do this?


    • Posts: 388

      I keep picking colors and laying them back in with the color picker, try working with your values and remember to have a value scale from lightness to darkness. It doesn’t have to been that intense though, sometimes a subtle shift in values is what will make it great!

  3. Posts: 1

    As a non-illustrator, this technique sounds so much better than what I’ve always attempted to do. Great tip!

  4. Posts: 1

    wow, this tutorial was great!
    I’m trying this tecnique, but I can’t get the values to have that smooth transition on photoshop. I don’t know if the problem is my tablet (I use a Bamboo fun) or the settings… but the strokes are really hard and they don’t blend at all when I paint, the transfer option of the brush is on but still the strokes don’t have that “blended” feel.
    I’m trying to do it with Paint Tool SAI, it turns out a bit different but I can work with it :)
    Thank you again for the wonderful tutorial!

  5. Posts: 1
    Eric Lavoie says:

    Just wondering, the website says: “Citizen members can download the HD video”, but other than the stream video above there’s no url to download the video on my hd. The download icon only contain the workfiles.

    • Posts: 46
      richard w says:

      In this case, the video is part of the Source Files download.
      Sorry for the confusion.

  6. Posts: 7

    What kind of brushes are you using in this tutorial? It seems that most of the time you use a basic Hard Round but in some part you use some kind of textured brush over the skin.

    • Posts: 388

      This is done almost entirely with the hard edge brush with touches of the “chalk brush” in different areas. Both are in the brush pack under the “basic brushes”

  7. Posts: 7

    This is wonderful, I am going to be paying careful attention to all your advise. Simply brilliant!

  8. Posts: 1

    thanks! this was really helpful! just a quick question though, how do you blend your colours so easily in photoshop?

    • Posts: 388

      With a mix of picking up similar colors and softly blending them in or even using a mix of soft and hard edge brushes.

  9. Posts: 1
    djeanne says:

    Thank you for not only sharing your gift of art with us, but also your video demeanor. You are calm, confident, but not too, and your voice doesn’t travel on a roller coaster of highs and lows. Your presence gives me the feeling like I’m listening to a friend . . . so refreshing! I only wish that you and this technology would have been around 40 years ago!

    • Posts: 388

      Thank you so much for you kind words! I really appreciate hearing that =]

  10. Posts: 1

    thank you so much for sharing this, Tim. It helped me so much. looking forward on mere tutorial vids from you. Have an awesome day!

  11. Posts: 4
    siders says:

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  12. Posts: 1
    bunnibutt says:

    Thanks, this really helped! I’ve been wondering how to do this.

  13. Posts: 6
    bluegoose says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have always had trouble with coloring over the line art because I’ve never tried it quite this way. It was a total facepalm moment when you used the high contrast to keep the integrity of the lines in the piece! Thanks again!

    • Posts: 388

      Glad to hear, i hope those contrasts will help improve your future pieces =]

  14. Posts: 4

    I was really hoping that this would be in real time. I watch a lot of time lapse videos that goes over colering and shading, but I don’t know exactly what they are doing.

    Once you lay down the base color, and start doing the shades, are you using a soft brush? Hard? (reading the comments I see you used mostly a hard)

    I would love to see something like this, but done in real time, and with more commentary on what you are doing, why you are doing it, and how to do it.

  15. Posts: 1
    newguru66 says:

    This is great, I have been painting for almost 10 years but I’ve decided to go back to basics so I can improve from the ground up, this is exactly the kind of thing I was looking for

  16. Posts: 52
    jayd says:

    Glad to see I am not alone–I vanished from CG for over a year and just started over again after seeing these hot dogs here and their fancy conceptual ways and I said “i want that”–so I have been doing like you–back to basics! Good luck!

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