A Comprehensive Comic Book Coloring Course in Photoshop

Coloring Comics with Photoshop (Streaming)

The Complete Guide to Digital Comic Book Coloring from an Industry Pro | taught by K Michael Russell

Course description

If you're tired of scrounging around YouTube and the rest of the Internet looking for organized coloring tutorials, this is the place to start.

This is the ultimate comic book coloring course with over fifty in-depth, real-time Photoshop coloring tutorials that cover the entire process start to finish with full high-definition video (1080p) and professionally recorded audio. It covers all of the technical aspects involved when coloring comics with Photoshop, and there's a big focus on storytelling, mood, depth, and getting your pages to "read"--something overlooked in most coloring tutorials and the most well known books on the subject.

The course includes instant access to 12 chapters full of shortcuts, tips, tricks, and techniques learned from my experience as a pro comic book colorist working for publishers like Image Comics, IDW Publishing, and Top Cow on comics like JUDGE DREDD, POSTAL, HACK/SLASH, & GLITTERBOMB.

Download the syllabus here.

I'll show you everything I wish someone told me when I first started (that I had to learn the hard way.) I'll explain how to build your portfolio, what types of pages to include in it, and I'll even provide some tips on finding work as a colorist.

*** See the course curriculum, free sample tutorials, and student testimonials at the bottom of this page ***


What you get

  • A full set of downloadable brushes and tool presets (with a video lesson on installing them) for color swatches, actions to automate certain aspects of coloring, and color settings to ensure correct color reproduction on the printed page.
  • A big selection of high-resolution, sequential line art from pro comic artists Edwin Huang, Max Dunbar and Jonathan Brandon Sawyer--who were all kind enough to donate art to the course!
  • 10 hours of video lessons, so you can watch while you are offline or traveling! You can see the full curriculum below. It's big.
  • Access to an exclusive discussion section, so you can ask questions or post art for personal feedback or critiques.

Student reviews

  • "I just needed to thank you for your excellent tutorials. They're great for somebody just getting into the world of coloring. I'm a graphic designer by trade, but a major project requires extensive comic coloring. We've got some very tight deadlines, and becoming instantly proficient in coloring was an expectation I reached thanks to your great workflow/process tips. Thank you so much!"

  • "I've been looking everywhere for a course like this and am so glad that I can now color my drawings with confidence and success. Thanks so much for making this!"

  • "Even if you've previously taken courses on digital coloring for comics or think you know everything about it already...take this class. You won't be disappointed."

Here's what artist and Marvel/Disney/Image writer Jim Zub (WAYWARD, SKULLKICKERS, FIGMENT) had to say about the course: "I wish I had something as clearly laid out and well organized as this course when I started digitally coloring my work. Needless to say, I recommend it for people who want to produce pro quality comic coloring."


FAQ's

What do I need to get started?
Photoshop & a drawing tablet. Photoshop CS6 & CC are used in the lessons, but almost any version will do. Clip Studio (formerly Manga Studio) has similar functionality, but only Photoshop methods are taught in this course. Photoshop CC is available for $9.99/month as of this writing. The presets in the course require CS6 or higher. If you have an older version, I also include the manual settings, so you can set them up.

Do I really need a tablet?
Short answer? Yes. Long answer? Yesssssss. Coloring is possible with a mouse, but it is much more difficult. A tablet is highly recommended. Wacom tablets are the industry standard and start around $70 as of this writing--even more inexpensive when buying used on eBay. My Wacom Intuos2 is 14 years old, and I still use it every day.

What if I want to color anime characters or cartoons or something other than comics?
The concepts apply to all sorts of art--not just comics.

Can I view an example lesson?
Absolutely, there are two free lessons to view in the course with no purchase required.

Are all of the lessons available immediately?
Yes, you have access to the entire course instantly after checkout. All lessons, downloads, and tools are available immediately.

Does the course ever expire?
Nope.

Get started now by clicking on the BUY COURSE button up top, and I'll see you in the course!

K Michael Russell
K Michael Russell
Professional Comic Book Colorist (GLITTERBOMB, JUDGE DREDD)

I began coloring comics professionally in 2011, and I've been a fan of comics as far back as I can remember!

I'm working as a colorist for comic book publishers Image Comics, IDW Publishing, Top Cow on projects like JUDGE DREDD, the critically acclaimed GLITTERBOMB, POSTAL, and HACK/SLASH. I also worked on one of the short stories in the 2015 Eisner & Harvey-nominated In The Dark: A Horror Anthology.

I uploaded my first comic book coloring tutorial to YouTube in July 2013 and launched my coloring course about a year later. I now have about 20,000 YouTube subscribers and over 2000+ students from 100+ countries enrolled in my courses. Crazy! :) There are so many tutorials out there, but not many cover the most important aspect of coloring - storytelling! Even the most popular books on the subjects don't even talk about it. I created this course for that reason.

I'm a huge movie fan, guitar player, drummer, and all-around tech geek. I live in Long Beach, Mississippi, with my wife of sixteen years, We have two cats. One is a jerk.

Some of my former (and current) collaborators include : Isaac Goodhart, Amy Chu, Kody Chamberlain, Ale Garza, Mike NortonMichael Moreci, Steve Seeley, Emilio Laiso, Jim Zub, Max Dunbar, Mike Henderson, Chris Lewis, Eryk Donovan, Rachel Deering, Valentin Ramon MenendezTim Seeley, Matt MinerJeff McClelland, Glenn Møane, Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, Shawn Aldridge, Jorge Vega, Jeff McComsey, Mark Bertolini, Fabian Rangel Jr, Jethro Morales, Pow Rodrix, Magnus Aspli

info@comiccolor.com

Course Curriculum

Getting Started
18:04
Introduction to the course
Course outline
Tools of the trade
What is a colorist?
Downloads & attachments
Photoshop presets installation
Manual tool settings
Optional Photoshop add-ons
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Line art preparation
13:21
Downloadable line-art
Line-art settings
Cleaning up line-art with levels
Layer setup
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Photoshop tools - tips, tricks & settings
41:34
Information on the tools lessons
Photoshop keyboard shortcuts
My custom keyboard shortcuts
Lasso tool
Bucket tool
Magic wand tool
Brush & pencil tool
Gradient tool
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Color theory
37:43
Introduction to color theory
Hue, saturation, & value explained FREE
Warm and cool color concepts
Complementary color schemes
Complementary scheme examples
Analogous and monochromatic scheme examples
Color context (When red is not red!)
Avoiding muddy colors with my "K" rule of thumb
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Flatting
16:20
Flatting FREE
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Storytelling Concepts
32:24
Introduction to rendering
Storytelling examples
Working with planes (foreground, midground, background)
Separations and panel layers
Checking your values
Level of detail
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Rendering
40:51
The "Layer via copy" trick
Lighting angles (Where is the light source?)
"Cut and grad" rendering style
Cel-shaded rendering style
Painterly rendering style
"Flat" rendering style
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Coloring walkthrough (what we've learned so far)
47:37
Walkthrough - Part 1
Walkthrough - Part 2
Walkthrough - Part 3
Walkthrough - Part 4
Walkthrough - Part 5
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Advanced coloring techniques
84:19
Color holds (changing the color of the line art)
Texture overlays
Primer on technical concepts
Using Brush Modes (Overlay, Screen, etc)
Special effects (glows, fire, etc)
How surfaces impact rendering
Multiple light sources & "bounce" light
Using Color Mode layers to shift color
Layer masks
Adjustment layers for non-destructive editing
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Final page preparation
16:18
The Beginning of the End!
Preparing pages for print with CMYK conversion
Batch processing
Preparing pages for use on the Internet
Project organization tips
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The "business" of comic book coloring
30:34
How to build your portfolio (with advice from my editor friends!)
Finding work as a colorist
Tips on collaborating with other creators
My story about how I "broke in"
Exit survey
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Bonus video tutorials
232:39
Bonus #1: Real-time coloring walkthrough (fully narrated)
Bonus #2: Gradient maps & more storytelling tips
Bonus #3: Real-time coloring demo (video only)
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Reviews (7)

Best $100 I've ever spent...

by Matt Garvey
Seriously enjoyed the course. Couple of highly bitscas I said in the feedback section of the course. But, really happy and learnt some increble valuabletricks that have already improved my colouring ten fold.

by Marc-Anderson O'Kelly

AWESOME

by Alberto Hernandez
I highly recommend this course to anyone who is looking to get into coloring comics or coloring period. If your unsure check out his youtube channel and see for yourself. Once you get started it will all make sense, not to mention you get lots of useful tools to get you rendering. The best part is all the videos are available anytime for as long as you want. you won't be disappointed with this course, great investment if your serious about coloring.
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Best $100 I've ever spent...

by Matt Garvey
Seriously enjoyed the course. Couple of highly bitscas I said in the feedback section of the course. But, really happy and learnt some increble valuabletricks that have already improved my colouring ten fold.

by Marc-Anderson O'Kelly

AWESOME

by Alberto Hernandez
I highly recommend this course to anyone who is looking to get into coloring comics or coloring period. If your unsure check out his youtube channel and see for yourself. Once you get started it will all make sense, not to mention you get lots of useful tools to get you rendering. The best part is all the videos are available anytime for as long as you want. you won't be disappointed with this course, great investment if your serious about coloring.

Amazing!

by Olivia Pinto
This course is even better than I had expected, and I did expect highly of it! I feel I can find in it everything I need to get started coloring in the right way. K is very accessible and kind with sharing his knowledge and this course's contents are serious proof of his generosity. This is one of the best courses I've taken and the unlimited access is great too. It puts me at ease knowing I can always come back to it for enlightenment and more information. I definitely recommend it to all that are interested in learning how to color and working with it professionally.

Great Course for Coloring Comics!

by Tina Randolph
Not many courses out there on coloring comics, so I was glad I found this one. Great course, very thorough and educational. I learned a lot, and would highly recommend to others.

From zero to (coloring a) hero!

by Ben Furse
When I started this course, I had little to no idea or experience of what coloring comics actually involved. K. Michael Russell (Incidentally the colorist from one of my favourite crossovers: Hack/Slash-NailBiter) has been a great teacher who made sure that everything was understandable and easy to take in. The course itself is broken up into sections which are then themselves broken up into smaller sections which cover pretty much everything you need to know to become a colorist without imparting any personal habits that may steer you from your own creativity. Meaning, you are taught what things CAN do, not what they SHOULD, which leaves the finer creative details up to you, rather than some learnt archetype. Not to mention the wealth of free line-art, brush pre-sets, PS actions etc.. that come included. - I honestly can not say enough good things about this course but for the sake of this reviews length, I will just leave you with this... If you are truly interested in become a colourist, then this is the course for you, don't waste your time trying to piece together a wealth of knowledge that is already organised and available for you right here!

Excellent!

by Siri Wroldsen
I highly recommend this course to everyone who wants to learn how to color comics. Ive learned so much during this course! Thank you, R Michael Russell!
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