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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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Daily Deviation

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 )
ShanghaiSlave Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
lol. well it seems like a good starting point at least.
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
a3sthesia Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
AWEsome. love it. Thank you very much for sharing ^_^
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.
andava Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
CatMD Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
you are an absolutely amazing artist with a very intuitive tutorial! :D
J4ne-d-C4t Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you for making all those tutorials!:love:
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!
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!
piesn Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is such a helpful tutorial! Thanks!
Neelai Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tutorial! Thanks a lot :-)
mysticfeline7 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love how dynamic your tutorials are
Szelenbaum Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
ah, too bad I can't afford photoshop XD
sandy3697 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
And sometimes you just look in the description for the links
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
sandy3697 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
search youtube and you'll find how to get photoshop for free^^
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?
switch-on-the-lights Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!!
24-dc Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
thanks for the tutorial. Excellent and easy to follow. :)
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.
Imaginatik Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome! Thanks for sharing!
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
nikki2290 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Filmographer
thank-you for sharing! :)
stormkiss Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Raeistic Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your tutorials are just too awesome.
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.)
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
Czarine Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'm new to adjustment layers, so this was very helpful! Thanks!
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...
Marzarret Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice tutorial. I will try this out once I have time.
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! :)
Beccawolf16 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Woah. Like, really useful! I can't wait to try this out.
dorkad Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
you are really doing something helpful to your friend man
UsayFudo Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome :D
vizshua Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
THIS! is awesome. thank you!!!!!
sandipboral Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome tutorial thanks
TheroMakepe Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Student
Thank You x100! :D
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?
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.
ktwo-egypt Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
who's the master ....ur the master ....:D
oscarmiranda90 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is just EPIC just i was looking for! thanks!
MartaEmi Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
Have you ever thought about writing a book, your tutorials are awesome, just a thought =)
ChristopherCrow Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Thanks for the tuts. Helps beginners like me out quite a bit.
blueluigiproductions Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
Thank God for I have finally found a legit tutorial! :D
louly Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
Thank you for sharing :)
Khima-Inez Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011   General Artist
Interesting. Thanks for sharing!
odcinki Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional Writer
Holy shit... my life's easier now.
hanggachi Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
so cooooool!!!
millenniumman001 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Awsome tutorial.
PENICKart Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
I've been using photoshop pretty much every day for the last 12 years and this just goes to show that there's always more to learn. :-) What a great new way to think about working; thanks so much for sharing!! The Daily Deviation is much deserved on this one.
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