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This time, I'll show you how to add colour to black/white manga scans. Of course, there are various ways to do it, but I'll explain to you the way I do it. :)

You need:
- Gimp
- a manga scan of your choice

Step 1:
Open Gimp and open the scan you want to use.
If you want to cut the picture to size, use the tool "Rectangular selection" from the toolbox to select the part you want to edit. Click "Image" -> "Crop to Selection" and then "Selection" -> "No selection".

Step 2:
Click "Image" -> "Mode" and check if "RYB" is selected. If not, click on it.
RYB stands for Red Yellow Blue. It means that you can now work with colours. As long as "Grayscale" is selected, you can only work with black and white.

Step 3:
Click "Colours" -> "Colour to Alpha". A new window will appear where you can now choose the colour you want to be transparent. Click on the displayed colour and select the whitest white you can get (HTML-Notation: ffffff). Now click "OK".
Don't panic if your picture is kind of checkered right now - if this is the case, you've done everything right. The grey checks stand for transparency. Everything white should have disappeared now.

Step 4:
Now we need a second layer under the first one.
To achieve this, click "Layer" -> "New Layer". A new window will appear where you have to choose "White" as levels fill type. Then click "Ok".
You've created a second layer now, but probably, it's not lying under the first layer as it should, but on top of it. If this is the case, you won't see your lovely picture anymore, but only whiteness.
To put the white layer unter our first picture, where it belongs, you have to use the second toolbox named "Layers, Channels, Paths, Undo". Here, you see the two layers we have by now. Just click on the white layer and pull it under the other one per drag and drop.

Step 5:
Make sure that you have selected the white layer in the second toolbox because we're going to add colour only to this layer. If the "New Layer" is not greyed in the toolbox, just click on it to select it.

Step 6:
It's finally time for the colouring!
Use the Pencil or the Paintbrush from the "Toolbox" (the one on the left side) to draw. In the "Toolbox", you can also choose the colour and the size of the Pencil / Paintbrush.

Step 7:
When the picture is finished, save it by clicking on "File" -> "Save as" and give the picture a name. Again, don't forget to put ".jpg" or ".png" or ".gif" instead of ".xcf" behind the name of the picture!
Of course, you can additionally save it as an ".xcf" file, but then it's a picture that you can open only with Gimp.

Now you can upload your picture everywhere. If you want to use it as an avatar, follow the steps of my first Gimp tutorial which explains how to make an avatar.

(This is what I did - you can see my coloured picture as an example as my avatar at this post. ^_^)

I hope you found this helpful! :)



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Oct. 24th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
I LOVE your new user pic! Passionately! The colors are so beautiful, too. May I borrow this user pic and use it sometimes? I will credit you, of course. If you want to say no, don't feel bad. I can totally understand if you want to keep this shiny new icon for yourself.

I don't have time to try this coloring tutorial now, but it's good to know it's there for when I;m ready.
Oct. 24th, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
But of course you can use it! I'd feel honored if you did. Oh my God, I guess if you even used it for the next chapter of Justice, I'd overflow with happiness!
So yeah, feel free to use it!
I experimented quite a while with the colours in this pic until I was satisfied with the result. I wanted it to look tender, but not feminine; romantic, but not cheesy; and passionate, but not too colourful.
I'm glad that you like the way I solved this little colour dilemma.

Once you've tried out the tutorial, tell me if it works - and if it does, I'll appreciate you showing me the result, of course. :)
Oct. 24th, 2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'll use it for the next chapter of Justice and direct people to your tutorial. Your tutorials are kind of like a public service!

tender, but not feminine; romantic, but not cheesy; and passionate, but not too colourful. You achieved your goals perfectly.
Oct. 25th, 2012 10:47 am (UTC)
*bounces excitedly up and down*
Now I REALLY can't wait for the next chapter! :D
Oct. 25th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
Me neither. And I can't wait to use that gorgeous icon! Chapter 27 will be the first time I use it.
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
Love the tutorial and now it makes me want to colour more of my beloved fake boys!! <3

Thanks for sharing! ♥
Oct. 25th, 2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
Omg, aren't you the one who always makes these many wonderful coloured FAKE icons? *bows* I love your work! <3

I never thought that you could turn up at my LJ! :D Well, welcome, anyway. And when you like my tutorial, I think it tells me that I must have done it right. ;)

By the way, do you use Gimp for your colourings, too? Or photoshop?
Oct. 25th, 2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! I'm glad you like them ^.^

I noticed Brit uploaded a new shiny Fake icon and just had to find out who coloured it, because I fell in love with it!

Yes! I think this tutorial is simple and easy to follow and I'm going to try it out with Gimp and I think it may even be easy to transfer to PSP..

I use Paint Shop Pro and Gimp for colouring manga and Photoshop for finishing off. I have improved a little with shading and now learning to vector so I hope to get back into Fake colouring very soon! ^_^d
Oct. 26th, 2012 11:55 am (UTC)
And I'm glad that you like my icon! :D

Wow, I didn't know you use three programs. I only use Gimp.

Yeah I think I should also start to improve my shading skills a bit... I always have the feeling that I overdo it when I shade something, and then I'm never happy with the result. :/

Anyway, I'll be looking forward to more coloured FAKE icons from you! :)
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