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Painting via Adjustment Layers by fox-orian Painting via Adjustment Layers by fox-orian
Updated description written in April 2013:
This is a funky tutorial I made back in the day before I learned how to paint with straight-up color. These days I'd recommend using these filters for COLOR CORRECTION ONLY, not painting an entire image with them like I do here in the tutorial. Still, the tutorial serves its purpose to introduce you to how powerfully helpful adjustment layers are.

Enjoy all the same!
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Given 2009-03-19
Painting via Adjustment Layers by =fox-orian is an extensive tutorial that not only explains the uses of adjustment layers and masks in photoshop ,but will guide you through this flexible process of coloring your image with the ability and freedom to edit whenever you wish. ( Suggested by coolmarvin and Featured by znow-white )
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Alice319 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the tip!
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Kei-Akiyama Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
Thank you! Your tutorial was super helpful
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IbugZ Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
Very helpful tutorial Thank u very much<3
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Kamihanaki Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My jaw hit the keyboard with this... this is incredibly helpful and informative. I'm new at photoshop, so a lot of tutorials kinda go over my head, but this one was right at my level (especially with that helpful 'basic' part at the beginning)
Thanks!
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TamashiNoHana Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for the tutorial >.< .. this really helps me!!
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mitablue Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student
Thanks so much for your GREAT tut <3
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imagazzell Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Can you please explain what you mean by now painting with "straight-up color"? I'm not quite sure what that means in the digital art realm... This old method seems brilliant, so I'd love to know what you've found to be even better. Either way, beautiful work, sir!
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catna2012 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Student General Artist
This is the exact tut that I have been looking for for a long time! Thank you so much Llama Emoji-46 (This and That) 
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IVbenjamin Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I MUST TRY THIS!! thanks!
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ShanghaiSlave Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
lol. well it seems like a good starting point at least.
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fox-orian Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I used to! Years ago. Today, I do straight-up, regular painting with color and pure color theory. The last time I used this coloring technique was like.... 2010 XD
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ShanghaiSlave Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So this is how you get those vibrant, energetic scenes! damn. I salute you! 
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shiori2525 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just know there is a process like this from your tutorial. superb and very helpful. Thanks a lot
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a3sthesia Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
AWEsome. love it. Thank you very much for sharing ^_^
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Alleilin Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful! Thank you so much for this! The final image here looks fantastic.
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andava Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
awesome
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CatMD Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
you are an absolutely amazing artist with a very intuitive tutorial! :D
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sandy3697 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
And sometimes you just look in the description for the links
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sandy3697 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Beware though some of the vids are fake or they have bad links so check the likes on the vid the more the likes the better the vid
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sandy3697 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
search youtube and you'll find how to get photoshop for free^^
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J4ne-d-C4t Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you for making all those tutorials!:love:
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mikokur Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Very VERY helpful. I love how detailed this is, and how easy it is to read and follow. Thank you so much!
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Pepisa Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My lord, no wonder this became a Daily Deviation. I've learned so much from this!
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piesn Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is such a helpful tutorial! Thanks!
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Neelai Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tutorial! Thanks a lot :-)
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mysticfeline7 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love how dynamic your tutorials are
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Szelenbaum Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
ah, too bad I can't afford photoshop XD
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cottoncandy903 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really helpful but i have elements 10 and there's no exposure option for adjustment layors. is there anything i can use instead?
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switch-on-the-lights Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!!
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24-dc Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
thanks for the tutorial. Excellent and easy to follow. :)
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equinox5 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you for the tutorial I've been looking for something like this for while now.
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Imaginatik Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome! Thanks for sharing!
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Lord-Kiyo Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
This looks like it may be helpful. I got Photoshop CS2 though. But I have seen that button before
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nikki2290 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Filmographer
thank-you for sharing! :)
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stormkiss Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Cool~!
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Raeistic Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your tutorials are just too awesome.
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pixelmech Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is awesome. I have been using layer masks for years to color, and even an adjustment layer here and there, but to use them as assistants like this and to control the lighting and temperature of the piece is a brilliant idea! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this (as well as your other stuff.)
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Dazecase Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
I love you. Thank you so much for your amazing beautiful tutorials. It's obvious that you put A LOT OF WORK into making them just right. Making them understandable, informational, enlightening & also so sexy to look at :XD: You're helping MANY artists to blossom to being able to use their full potential. Again; thanks so much :D
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Czarine Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'm new to adjustment layers, so this was very helpful! Thanks!
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Kamui85 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
thank you so much, ive been reading youre tutorials one by one and i feel like im back in art school, but better, cause its free... and im in underwear...
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Marzarret Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice tutorial. I will try this out once I have time.
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CoolSurface Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial, I'd not even thought about using adjustment Layers to shade until seeing this. REally insightful and nicely presented to boot. Thanks Matt! :)
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Beccawolf16 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Woah. Like, really useful! I can't wait to try this out.
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dorkad Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
you are really doing something helpful to your friend man
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UsayFudo Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome :D
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vizshua Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
THIS! is awesome. thank you!!!!!
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sandipboral Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome tutorial thanks
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TheroMakepe Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Student
Thank You x100! :D
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socky1 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
Do you know how to change the size of a layer so it will be bigger or smaller?
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Gaspode5 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
I'm not sure I'll ever use this particular technique but never say never. Besides it's such an interesting approach I might try i just for that.
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