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Making Of 'Beautiful'

By Nasrul Hakim
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Date Added: 9th December 2009
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In this piece, I used a greyscale colourization technique. 'Colourization technique' is a computer-assisted process of adding colour to a monochrome image or movie. The process typically involves segmenting images into regions and tracking these regions across image sequences. Neither of these tasks can be performed reliably in practice; consequently, colourization requires considerable user intervention and remains a tedious, time-consuming, and expensive task (reference: http://www.cs.huji.ac.il/~alevin/papers/colorization-siggraph04.pdf). This technique is very useful because it saves time and is a very easy technique since we're only focusing on the shape, not the colours. Firstly,  I always begin by filling in the background layers with a colour. For this piece, I started with this dark grey (Fig.01).

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Fig. 01

Later, I then start blocking and refining the sketch until it reaches the quality of Fig.02. In certain areas, like the hair and the eyes, I simply painted in a very dark grey.

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Fig. 02

For the brush strokes, I used the settings detailed in Fig.03, but constantly changed the opacity and flow depending on how I wanted it to look. In the brush tab, the other dynamic, both flow and opacity were set to pen pressure and both were given "jitter" settings of 0.

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Fig. 03

By the way, you can also use the modes to add highlights by using screen mode, or to add shadows simply use multiply mode with a soft-edge brush. (Fig.04).

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Fig. 04


In the early stages, I usually start with higher opacity and flow, blocking the shadows and the highlights. After I get everything looking just right, I reduce the opacity and flow to a lower value to achieve smoother grey colours. At this point, I refine the cheeks, nose and neck area a little, and I also add the eyelids and the hair. It's all about refining at this stage (Fig.05).

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Fig. 05



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(ID: 152979, pid: 0) Hinata on Fri, 28 September 2012 8:43pm
awesome i will try it on spare time :)
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