Color Tutorial?


#1

Some of the modded ships seem to have great control over their color selections. I’m pretty poor with GIMP, but is there an easy way to accomplish recoloring the ships?


#2

I use GIMP too, and I have not figured out a way to do that. I think that all you need is experience and the airbrush tool.


#3

You might have some luck with the magic select and the various options on the Colour menu.


#4

You use a new layer and colour it. Then, you change the layer type to either dodge, subtract, overlay, soft light, multiply, darken only, hue, colour and saturation. They each give a different effect involving the colour. You can select the area’s that you want and don’t want colour in by deleting those area’s from the new layer.


#5

Thanks, there’s a lot of possibilities with that!


#6

I dunno how photoshop works or watever but with gimp is very easy to change colors (or just make designed areas with a specific color) just with the free selection tool and the option colors -> fill with color (i use the spanish version of gimp and it says “colorear” that i dunno know how to say in english). Its easy, all u need is a bit of practice. Be aware that before u colour anything u can change the opacity of the selection, and make the borders a bit blurry, for example to make the color change more “real”, in the selection tools there are a few extra options that allows u to to that.

U have also the option colors -> colour curves, from there u can even change the alpha channel and make some selecctions half-transparent or watever u want.

BTW, i dont recommend using layers for only changing colors, its far more complicated (specially for u).


#7

Yeah, but for a beginner, it also has it’s benefits- It is easily reversible, meaning if you make a mistake, you can fix it easily/quickly.


#8

Yes, I recently figured out that I could make a new layer and use a very small airbrush and color in specific areas practically pixel by pixel. Takes a while but can be very good. Oh and make the airbrush and .53 opacity, then the original lighting and details are still visible underneath so that it is not a solid color.


#9

Colorize is the translation :slight_smile:

Layers also allow to quickly create several versions of the same ship with different colours easily. Perfect for seeing which colour fits better with each hull :slight_smile: