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Little guide on how you can think when coloring [For mildly experienced skinners]

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avatar Leostereo
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Welcome to this little tutorial/guide where I will talk a little about how you can think when choosing colors for your skin.




There are a lot of factors that will determine what colors you should use for a skin. I
personally tend to start with the most general one: What kind of coloring am I after with this skin?

There are three different ways you can choose here.
1. High saturation (strong colors). If you're looking to do a cartoon, amine or comic book character this is probably what you should aim on having. I often find myself giving my skins rather high saturation regardless of where they're from. It's just a matter of personal preferences there.

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Color I'm working around: Blue

2. Normal saturation. Not much to say here. This is the kind of saturation you might want to use for more realistic skins.

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Color I'm working around: Brown

3. Low saturation. This is the one I often, if not always, avoid. Low saturation tends to make the skin look incredibly sad and boring. I'd only recommend using low saturation if you want... well.. a sad and boring skin.




When you've figured out what kind of saturation you want it is time for the next step. In this step you'll think of what color you want your skin to focus around, red, green, blue and yellow for example. You're probably now thinking "But if I make X it must be colored Y, what do I need to do here then?". The thing is, that a color can't only have one hue. Lets take three different greens for example:
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As you can see there is one yellowish, one greenish green, and one blueish green. Now you see that you can still pick one of the colors I mentioned before, but still be using completely different colors. If you focus each of your colors to have a tint of a specific color, your overall coloring will flow much better together. Remember that when dealing with hue shifting (changing the hue slightly for the shading and highlights), try leading the shading to the color you want throughout the skin. For example, if you want a blueish skin in general, with green you will then want to go to even more blue rather than back to the greenish green, then stay at greenish green on the highlights to not go too far to the yellow side, which might make it lose that blue consistency.

As a little extra note to this is that you should often find yourself using something else than reddish red or blueish blue. This also applies to saturation, try not keeping it at the strongest, even if you're working with a highly saturated skin. I kind of always have it as a rule to always use one of the variants rather than the most pure version. It makes the skin look less amateurish. I tend to call those colors the "obvious colors" because people often see them as the first choice when picking a basic color.

Now as a general rule I can say that you should keep all of these parts rather consistent throughout the skin. Don't make on part overly saturated, then another one under saturated. They will look really odd together and you'll lose that consistency you want with your skin.

Here's an example of a blueish color scheme with most colors revolving around blue/purple as their darker shades:
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Yummy.




As for what colors you should pick I cannot really say. But you should try and reuse the same colors throughout the skin, not using more than 5-6 different ones. It will just look like a messy rainbow if you add too many. And don't follow what I've said here too strictly, just try having this in mind when coloring your skins.




Thank you for reading, and good luck with your future skins. :)

And as always, feel free to give a diamond, favorite and to subscribe if you enjoy my work!
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  • Gramnaster
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Blacksmith
  • January 7, 2013, 3:23 am
Hey, Leo. You've inspired me to skin! And I just want to show you my take on the shading and shtuff. Here's a product of what I've learnt from your tutorials! www.planetminecraft.com/skin/treant-villager-of-the-leafless-tribe-wip/
  • big_butcher
  • Level 39
  • Artisan Droid
  • December 18, 2012, 9:15 am
lol amine :D
  • HeroGuy426
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Ninja
  • November 26, 2012, 4:42 pm
Credit : My chair. I find it important when sitting at the computer making tutorials.
You forgot to give credit to your mouse for letting you select where you want to type. And also you forgot about the keyboard, which sends the electrical signals to the computer to make the letters on the screen. And you forgot about the screen, which allows you to see what it is you have entered into the computer with your keyboard. lol make original content and don't use premade letters and say that you wrote the tutorial by yourself. lol XD
  • Leostereo
  • Level 85
  • Elite Meme
  • November 26, 2012, 8:54 pm
I credited [size=10pt]other stuff in other submissions. :D[/size]
leo check out my shannel i mk very god skins thier shaded and i use many skin techics! pls check my channel out www.planetminecraft.com/member/slaama_face1566/
  • gulgolet2000
  • Level 23
  • Expert Dragonborn
  • November 16, 2012, 12:33 pm
Thanks Leo! I find this guide very helping!
I hate it when people use bright regular colored red for blood. Is blood that bright? I don't think so. -__-
  • razork47
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • November 15, 2012, 1:17 pm
I agree. Like... Who has that bright red of blood? >,<
  • MissMarifire
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 21
  • Expert Network
  • December 10, 2012, 7:18 am
  • HazelOrb
  • Level 62
  • High Grandmaster Hero
  • January 2, 2013, 12:22 am
Yes.
  • lauren121902
  • Level 29
  • Expert Dolphin
  • November 15, 2012, 2:46 pm
just saying, because I defend people, some people aren't good at colouring things and are herpaderpas with the colur pad thing and can't get dark red, don't get mad because I am just trying to explain thingys
  • Leostereo
  • Level 85
  • Elite Meme
  • November 16, 2012, 12:40 pm
That's why I call them the obvious colors, because they are likely the first colors you see, and they' always put the most extreme version of each color as their suggestions.
  • Whale_
  • Level 59
  • Grandmaster Narwhal
  • November 19, 2012, 4:29 pm
perfectly said :3
  • Leostereo
  • Level 85
  • Elite Meme
  • November 19, 2012, 4:36 pm
An extraordinary selection of words. -_q

Edit: And I just read you know 200 digits of Pi. I know, um, three, and I even got an A in math, lol. <_>
  • HeroGuy426
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Ninja
  • November 26, 2012, 4:36 pm
If you round Pi to the hundred millionths, this is what you get : [size=10pt]3.14159265[/size]
  • Whale_
  • Level 59
  • Grandmaster Narwhal
  • November 19, 2012, 8:33 pm
Ohdamn shawty. One of my worst subjects. Just good in memorization ;)
  • razork47
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • November 19, 2012, 3:08 am
That's true.
  • CeeJayBe3
  • Level 21
  • Expert Narwhal
  • November 15, 2012, 10:09 am
I love it, your skins are amazing, and it would be awesome if you could spare a moment to check out my newest skins :)))
  • Purpaw
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Dragonborn
  • November 15, 2012, 9:08 am
Thank you sir :3
  • gooberdaddy
  • Level 48
  • Master Bunny
  • November 15, 2012, 6:01 am
Thanks Leostereo!
  • Dralyona
  • Level 48
  • Master Dragon
  • November 14, 2012, 10:32 pm
Also, any ideas how would one shade grey? Much appreciated ^-^
  • Leostereo
  • Level 85
  • Elite Meme
  • November 15, 2012, 1:04 am
To be honest, never use grey at all. Always have some kind of color in it. If that's what you're talking about, then just shade it as any other color except that the saturation will be rather low.
  • Dralyona
  • Level 48
  • Master Dragon
  • November 15, 2012, 1:31 am
Thanks. So have it tinted, say, blue grey? *I'm trying to shade a mouse XD
  • Leostereo
  • Level 85
  • Elite Meme
  • November 15, 2012, 4:20 am
Yeah, well your tint should be the same as the overall color you're after. I mentioned the colors I were working around in the skins here in this blog, right under them.
  • Dralyona
  • Level 48
  • Master Dragon
  • November 15, 2012, 12:32 pm
Thanks! I've found this blog exceedingly helpful!
Grey is the middle ground of white and black, there really isn't much variation between so it is hard to produce any worthwhile shading, though grey can be tinted with other colors. No i havent read this guide and no i am not entirely sure i am right i am just speaking from my minimal experience.
  • Dralyona
  • Level 48
  • Master Dragon
  • November 15, 2012, 1:32 am
Thanks! Tinted sounds worthwhile!
  • Dralyona
  • Level 48
  • Master Dragon
  • November 14, 2012, 10:31 pm
Awesome! Brilliant and handy little guide that is always relevent for making skins and won't ever be outdated! Fantastic!!
  • frightmare
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Cowboy
  • November 14, 2012, 6:48 pm
nice work very useful
  • wldscarlet
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 74
  • Legendary Senpai
  • November 14, 2012, 4:57 pm
Nice blog.

More... high saturation is for metallic shading too.
High saturation part on normal saturation part like golden goggle on dark hair is the example using of this. :)
  • Bethamez
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 27
  • Expert Network
  • November 14, 2012, 4:51 pm
Bleh, too much detail
  • Leostereo
  • Level 85
  • Elite Meme
  • November 14, 2012, 7:41 pm
In the blog or on the skins?
  • Bethamez
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 27
  • Expert Network
  • November 15, 2012, 4:13 am
The blog is detailed enough, it's the skins
  • Leostereo
  • Level 85
  • Elite Meme
  • November 15, 2012, 4:21 am
Meh, they look pretty good in 3D. :p It's also more of a personal preference, I like having a lot of detail (often in the form of contrast).
  • Bethamez
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 27
  • Expert Network
  • November 15, 2012, 4:24 am
I don't doubt they look better when they're actually being worn at all
  • Hobodacious
  • Level 29
  • Expert Skinner
  • November 14, 2012, 4:26 pm
Thanks LeoStereo, for sharing this tutorial. -Diamond
  • WJdash
  • Level 28
  • Expert Nerd
  • November 14, 2012, 4:17 pm
OMG this is very helpful thanks, I gave diamond!
  • kfrogmaster
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Artist
  • November 14, 2012, 3:41 pm
Coloring was always one of the most time consuming part of making a decent skin. I always find myself not content with the colors I choose for the shading.
  • Leostereo
  • Level 85
  • Elite Meme
  • November 14, 2012, 7:41 pm
Try using Danori's guide on picking colors for your shading.
would u say im an experienced skinner?
  • Leostereo
  • Level 85
  • Elite Meme
  • November 14, 2012, 7:42 pm
Perhaps a bit.
lol thanks but ur wayyyy more experienced than me
Cool, I'm working on saturation
  • CherryAkuma
  • Level 28
  • Expert Network
  • November 14, 2012, 12:42 pm
Nice job. I find it great to have this in mind :3
Very helpful indeed. :)
  • P1nk
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Skinner
  • November 14, 2012, 12:39 pm
Very helpful. I love your account, its very nice! You are so kind by making tutorials on skinnings and things like that. Thank you!
  • Leostereo
  • Level 85
  • Elite Meme
  • November 14, 2012, 1:20 pm
You're welcome. Clad you like my content. :)
  • jl70l7u
  • Level 45
  • Master Pixel Painter
  • November 14, 2012, 12:10 pm
Awesome! Will try to use this :P
This will certainly help alot of people.
  • akashi
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 41
  • Master Bunny
  • November 14, 2012, 12:00 pm
Ah, this helps a bit. c:
  • TurtleLover
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Turtle
  • November 14, 2012, 11:34 am
lol thanks might use this
  • Dralyona
  • Level 48
  • Master Dragon
  • November 15, 2012, 2:43 am
Same here!
  • Hoopstinger
  • Level 23
  • Expert Engineer
  • November 14, 2012, 11:40 am
i will 100% use this

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