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."


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?

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, HACK/SLASH) & art instructor

I began coloring comics professionally in 2011, and I've been a fan of comics and art 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 tutorial to YouTube in July 2013 and launched my first coloring course about a year later. 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 my first coloring courses for that exact reason.

In late 2017, I launched another more advanced coloring course, and followed it in early 2018 with a beginner's course on digital art with Procreate for iPad and new color theory course. More are coming!

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


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