THREADLESS TEETORIALS: COLORING IN LAYERS
Teetorials are tips and tricks for adding those special touches to your designs. They’re brought to you by our very own Threadless staff designers, Alex, Jillian & Speedy Joe. Check out Threadless designer Alex Solis’ tutorial for coloring in layers.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how I color in layers. This is helpful for a few different reasons:
- It makes it easier for printers to print your artwork
- It makes it easier to modify the colors individually and keep all your colors in a consistent palette
- It keeps everything clean and organized.
I’ll explain this video from start to finish so you guys get an idea of what’s going on:
- I start with my linework in one layer.
- Once that’s done I create a new layer directly underneath and use the color overlay option, I pick my color of choice, but still color everything in black.
- I continue doing this until I have 8 layers or less to keep that color limit to 8. (You can do a ton more colors if you decided to have it printed using 4 color process but we’ll go over that in a different tutorial)
- The Shadow layers: I usually put the layer above the color I want to add the shadows, and with the color overlay I pick a color slightly darker from the color palette.
- Now, you can go back to the color overlay layers and adjust your colors until you’re satisfied with your palette.
Hope this helps! - Alex
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