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Digital Coloring Tutorial pt.3 by CaptRicoSakara Digital Coloring Tutorial pt.3 by CaptRicoSakara
Many people have asked me how I color my characters, and now I've decided enough's enough! I've decided to update my coloring tutorial. So here, ladies and gentlemen, is my new and improved DIGITAL COLORING TUTORIAL!!! **Taa-da-daa-da-da-da-DAA!** X3
This tutorial will be in three parts. Also for these tutorials, I'll be using :iconpurityfl4:'s Becky the Hedgehog for the whole demonstration! Let's give her a round of applause! :clap: :heart:

This third and final part will deal with adding Highlights and any additional nic-nacs that will make your work stand out. The highlights will be made similar in a way you do SA style work. The other parts, suce as coloring thel ineart, will be optional, although A MUST if you have glowing effects present.

The file is 900x15279 pixels, and is over 3.2 MBs. This is available in zip file format, since I can't seem to get the file itself to upload - it seems that DA have problems with files with dimensions over 12000 pixels, so that's why it's in a zip file. ^^;
Now all you have to is RIGHT-CLICK on the "DOWNLOAD" button and go to "SAVE TARGET AS..." Once you have it saved, RIGHT-CLICK on the zip file and go to "Extract to folder..." You se should find the large jpeg in there.

I hope this tutorial helps you all out with understanding how to draw and color in my style. If you have any questions, just note me, or e-mail me at

- Tutorial Part 1: Lineart & Base Coloring
- Tutorial Part 2: Shadows & Additional Shades
- Tutorial Part 3: Highlights & Finishing Touches
- My Glowing Effects Tutorial
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antionerockster Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
IVE extracted it more than once, and it it keeps saying the folder is empty
manchauno Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Thank you for these Tutorials. I am trying to learn PhotoShop 7.0 It is an old program but it is what I have access to.
manchauno Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Thank you for these Tutorials. I'm just trying to learn some PhotoShop 7.0
aertes Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
Were is the download link?
finalknight111 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
where's the finished pic?
INicoswI Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoah! What Photoshop do I must use? I have Photoshop CS4. Can I follow the tutorial's instructions with this version? :O_o: :|
UsagiTsukiM0ri Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Best tutorial ever dude:heart: Thanks for all the help! 8D
KabuSan Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
This turorial sure helps a lot :3 From now on I won't color my characters in a paint-like manner anymore :D Thank you so much for doing it!
Of course, it took me three days to do just a small piece (I did "revoluze" my avatar pic, though I'm not sure if I'll use it, in case you wanna see it - it's in my gallery), but your color style is just awesome and that makes it worth the time.
Oh - and even though my PS version is 6.0 and german i understood you most of the time - just to show you, that you made sense ;P
Skittail Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010   Digital Artist
I'd just like to say thank you soooo much for posting these tutorails. They've helped me alot :)
j-rocky Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
this very coolllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
maisy120 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Student Digital Artist
oo...muchas gracias. El tutorial muy útil. Siempre he querido saber, como color estas artes. !Buen trabajo!:clap:
kid-cody Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
and this one.
Falceto Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
This tutorial is AWESOME!!! But I think there's something that wouldn't work in my photoshop...
Rakuraiji Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
oh meh gosh!! >3< your tutorials are soooo aswome!!! *_* rly great job with them *downloaded them all* x333
ShadowDarkHeart2 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey rico i tried out your tutorial, [link] what do you think about it?
FireBrandRedArremer Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007
MAN! You helped me a lot! Now I will be able to use my Photoshop CS 2!
Qavvikk Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007  Professional General Artist
Best tutorial ever !
Pory02 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007
Very Cool Tutorial. ^^ For me it's to hard, but very cool.^^
AkitaZeo Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm=) Didn't mentioned about what way of digipainting^^ I'll give a try - seems to be not so hard as I thought(just few more coffe cups, time... and of course brusshhhes)
SweetSonar Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope that your tutorials may help me one day =p Maybe I'll get the hang of it..... in 10 more years XD
kitkatz Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
very nice! I gotta try that sometime... :3
Natizilda Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
You don't have idea how this is helping me. Well done!
CloudshadeZer0 Featured By Owner May 30, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wait, it's now that i see this. it's the same method than for the SA style, but in more hard way expert mode on XD. i lose my head there. X3 no, in fact, it's quiet but the effects for her undershoes are rather easy to do. a job of master, yo.
BlueCrystalBlue Featured By Owner May 29, 2007
Outstanding tutorial. Thanks so much for making it for us novices!
Fogoso Featured By Owner May 29, 2007
Thank you for great tutorial!
Gonz-Kangaroo Featured By Owner May 28, 2007
All the tutorials you post all are very helpful dude! =D . I enjoy your coloring style also ^_^.
mistypine01 Featured By Owner May 28, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent tutorial, Rico! Great work. This info can really help others color through photoshop.
SophiatheHedgehog Featured By Owner May 28, 2007
Coooleh~!Awsome job on the tutorials!keep at it :clap::+fav:~
felousefarnayne Featured By Owner May 28, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely set of tutorials I must say Rico I really should give this a try when I have time though it won't help my absoloutly sucketh drawing skills ^^; anyway nice work and keep it up Rico
Meltina Featured By Owner May 27, 2007
You did a great work for all!*__* Well done Rico!^0^
I use another way but it will be interesting to become acquainted with your methods^^ Wheeeee! *has left to read*
aha-mccoy Featured By Owner May 27, 2007
hehe yeah *claps* congratulations Rico. those tutorials are really awesome and very very well done. keep it up ^^
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