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Rule of Thumb #12 – How to Color Dark Skin Digitally (PHOTOSHOP OR PAINT TOOL SAI TUTORIAL)

September 7, 2019

Hey it’s Eli aka Atlas. and welcome to
the first rule of thumb in a little over nine months and this is a follow-up to
one of my previous videos on my method of digitally coloring skin tones the
original video was on lighter skin tones so this one is going to be focusing on
darker skin tones and the reason I wanted to make this a rule of thumb as
opposed to a full-length tutorial is because I’ll be using ll the same
techniques but applying them in a different way so for that reason this
will be a lot shorter okay so if you remember from the original tutorial I
like to do all my skin tones from light to dark no exceptions
even for darker tones the main difference is that I will blend a lot
less than I would with lighter skin tones the reason being is that the
layers in between won’t be so noticeable here as opposed to the lighter
counterparts why I use highlights on this tone is almost more like you would
color something metallic almost the reason being is darker skin tones tend
to produce more natural oils on the face and that tends to affect the way the
skin reflects lights I would describe it as kind of centering
your highlights the final stage reflections the lighter
skin tones are more translucent and you can see what’s under them which is why
it gets easier to see someone blushing the paler they get the reverse happens
with darker skin tones they catch most of the light and colors around them
again almost like glass or metal after that I just drop in the external light
zone then to place him into the scene and that basically wraps it up if you liked this video and found it
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newer viewers as well definitely leave me in comment on any kinds of other
tutorials and lessons that you would like to see and I always get back to
requests so you can expect the video on that pretty soon and make sure you tune in this Friday
for a new episode of for future reference and next Monday for either a
new tutorial or speed art but probably not a rule of thumb thanks for watching


  • Reply Art by Atlas March 12, 2018 at 7:43 am

    Have any tips or techniques you use to color different skin tones–a rule of thumb made by yourself? Feel free to share it with the class here 😉

  • Reply Hobus Tobu March 12, 2018 at 7:50 am

    If I'm working on skin regardless of the color, I tend to try to be careful of the contrast as much as possible.
    I found that most of your hilights need to go into the T-zone to keep the face from looking shiny (unless it's supposed to be).
    And with darker skin, the highlights are more subtle depending on how dark you go.
    I lived in Africa for a while, and I got to see some extremely dark skin, and one of the interesting things about those skin tones is that the highlights were less noticable the further you were away from them.

    And one tip that will be sure to help everyone: Scrunch your ideas of light and dark. It's more about how it reads than the specific color you pick. Extreme dark and extreme light will not look natural under any circumstances on a page. So if you're thinking really dark, go up about three shades. And if you're thinking really light, go down about three shades and adjust the colors of your background to make the skin pop. Don't forget that there's warm skin and cool skin in all shades.

  • Reply A. J. March 13, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    I think you should do a full-length video on dark skin tones because YOUTUBE is FULL of tutorials of white skin in art and makeup. We need MORE of this!!!!

  • Reply Wyndamn March 15, 2018 at 1:19 am

    Wow something that's underrated yet needs to talked about.

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