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Colour Palette and Paint
Add paint to your character and make your own colour palettes.
- 1. Interface — 1m
- 2. Brush and Pencil Tools — 2m
- 3. Camera and Drawing View — 1m
- 4. Introduction to Character Design — 1m
- 5. Shape Psychology — 3m
- 6. Brainstorming Ideas — 2m
- 7. Selection and Editing — 1m
- 8. Refining Your Design — 2m
- 9. Cleaning-Up Your Design — 6m
- 10. Art Layers — 2m
- 11. Colour Palette and Paint — 3m
- 12. Importing Images — 2m
So to start painting the lines and the fill color for my character, I'm going to create a line color. Then by clicking and holding down on the left mouse button, I go to the repaint tool within the paint bucket menu. With this tool, I can repaint the existing color of a line. So now I simply circle all of my lines with my cursor and the lines are repainted. The tool for painting areas that have not yet received color is called Paint Unpainted. Now back in my Color Properties tab, I'm gonna create a fill color as a variation from the line color. I do that by selecting the line color, then by clicking on the plus which creates a copy of that color that I can now adjust by double clicking on the swatch which brings up my Color Mixer. I have control over hue, value and saturation. By creating a variation of my line color from my fill color, I maintain a relationship in harmony between my palette colors, and can also create a color gradient if I like by selecting either Linear or Radial and then creating the two colors that will then define the gradient.
So I'll create one here as an example and then fill my character's lines with that gradient. I adjust that gradient by selecting the Edit Gradient texture tool located under the Contour Editor. By clicking on the gradient area, I can then resize, move, rotate my gradient. I can also create a custom texture in my color palette by opening a texture file. Then I can fill my vector area with the texture and adjust it with my Edit Gradient texture tool. I can also paint or draw with that texture that I've added to my palette.
I'm now going to create and apply the colors for the character's nose and muzzle.
What makes Harmony 12's color palette so powerful is the fact that you can change your colors even after you've painted your areas. By adjusting the color in the palette, the color that you see in your Camera view updates in real time, because of this editing capability, Harmony 12's color system is called the Smart Color Palette. To see a preview of the line art and color art in the drawing view, I'm going to click on this "I" icon, which enables the Preview Mode for all of my sublayers, and I can also see the line art and color art together back in the Camera view.