You've saved me! I've been trying to work out how to colour on photoshop for months! I've got a older version of PS, so I'm having to adapt, but it's working so far! I've done all the lineart, and now onto the colouring stage!
...why? I've heard lots of people say that but lots of googling has not brought me closer to *why* they say it. I can achieve really quite good results shading using the burn tool by turning the exposure down to >10% and just layering slowly. If there is a better method, I'd like to know it.
The main issue is controlling it past the original brush stroke. The Burn tool (used normally) changes the actual pixels. This is generally not a good thing to do, since it means you can't easily go back and change something much later on. What you can do, however, is using a Smart Levels Adjustment layer, bringing down the color to a darker shade, and then using a mask to color it in (the darkness of your brush on your mask determines the opacity of the shading that goes through). At that point, though, it's easier to just shade on another layer with a proper brush and color.
I admit I don't see what the problem is with "changing the actual pixels" cause...um, I want to change them? From "no shading" to "shading"? As for going back...I just use the "revert" button if I fuck up.
But yes, I do see how you have more flexibility with not using the burn tool. Still, I don't see why people are all *EYETWITCH*. Seems like a perfectly normal tool to me.
The reason changing the actual pixels can be a bad thing is simply the loss of flexibility in your workflow. If you have layers dedicated to base colors and layers dedicated to highlights, shadows, etc., you're given the ability to manipulate them individually, so if you make a mistake you don't notice, you can much more easily change it later on in the process. When you work on a project for a number of hours, Ctrl+Z doesn't always cut it, so it's nice to have safeguards set up.
As for the whole "eyetwitch" thing, it's mainly bandwagoning lol Don't take it tooooo seriously. Not using the Burn tool is like one of the most common things people pick up while reading tutorials, so it helps them feel like they know something more than others to cram that easy to remember tip down others' throats
Yes, I can see why you'd do all of that. There's more subtlety possible and things. I think the burn tool shouldn't be vilified so much, since it's easy to used, reasonably speedy, and good for learning how to shade (for those who, like me, are learning to draw using a graphics tablet without much pen-and-paper experience). And my drawings are fairly quick.
I'll probably switch eventually, but I'm going to keep using the burn tool for my shading while I'm learning how that actually works. Thank you for taking the time!
You can make method 2 of filling in color a lot more effective by using the magic wand tool on the area you're filling in, going to Selection > Modify > Expand... and putting in an appropriate number. 3 to 6 works well most of the time but if you have a smaller image it will need to be smaller.