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After seeing many people add color to black and white pictures for their visual tasks, I decided I would color something too. Coloring manga pages is a hobby of mine, so I decided to color something from "Baby Steps", a manga a person in my group likes. I did all of my work in Photoshop.

This is the original picture:

Colorizing the picture was a long process involving many different Photoshop techniques, so I will just talk about the key processes.

Before doing anything, I first copied the image, converted it to grayscale, then used the channels tab to select and delete all white in the picture, which saves a lot of time later. Then I converted the image back to RGB, pasted in the original image below the modified one, and renamed the top one "outlines" and the bottom one "original."

After this, the first step was to isolate Ogata (the boy) from the rest of the picture. I used the eraser tool for this process, erasing until it looked clean. I got rid of lines used to denote shading, as well, because I decided I would go back later and use a darker color to show this. Note that I had a bright green layer underneath so any missed spots would stand out, shown below:

The pants would need to be filled in with blue, so I had to manually erase it. I guessed where the creases in the pants would be based on where the shadows fell. Pictured below is the pen tool being used to redraw a line I was not pleased with. 

I used the burn tool to make outlines darker in some spots, too, such as on the arm that I had to redraw because I didn't want the rush strokes there (pictured below). The clone stamp tool also came in handy for closing up the arm in any spots that would be tricky to use the brush for. 

I tried to stay away from the brush until I got to the coloring, which came next after these outlines were done. The outlines, ready to be colored, are pictured below:

To color, I used an organized system of folders of folders of layers, separated by part, color, etc.
 

To color, I selected the part I wanted to fill in the outlines layer, then went to the new layer for that part and started coloring. 

To add in shading, I had to check the original for where the shadows were, and I drew on the new layers with slightly darker colors than the base color of the object, adjusting until I was pleased with the colors. Note that I didn't shade the hair because it is pitch-black, so I only emphasized that by drawing in a slight reflection.


As a finishing touch, for added depth, I also used the burn and dodge tool on parts near the bottom and top of things, respectively, making an educated guess about where the lights and shadows would fall. This is the finished thing without a background.

I decided it would look nice with a new background, so I found a picture of a Colby tennis court, put it through the posterize filter, and set it underneath everything.

This is the finished picture:

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