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:

  1. I start with my linework in one layer.
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. 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.
  5. 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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