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Greyscales the basics

Discussion in 'General Airbrush Tutorials' started by haasje dutchairbrush, May 11, 2014.


  1. kronek67

    kronek67 Spider Splatterer

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    This might help. I put this together after reading this thread and I could not find a descent grey scale online. You can cut a notch out of each one or use a hole punch so that you can better isolate the reference color.

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    AndreZA Elite Member! Elite Member! Very Likeable!

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    You're saying mine, #3 post in this thread, is not decent?
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    What i ment by decent was one like you posted that i could simply print and hole punch. Theven one you posted was the only one I did like and what gave me the idea. Did you buy that one or print it out. I would like that one if I could find it pre-made. I had a hard time trying to cut out the key hole notches when printed small. Guess ìm not very good at cutting . So I tried to put it into photoshop and color over the holes, but could not get the colors to match fully. It was coming up with two shades of grey for each color and I messed it up trying to select the colors.. I got frustrated and decided to make a simplified version based on the one you used as an example. User error.
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    That would be the old I.D.10.T issue LOL....
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    I designed that one myself. The holes you just punch out with a hole punch.
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    I'm with you Andre. I downloaded and printed yours and use it. :thumbsup: It's decent.
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    Just decent? ;)
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    Just wanted to counter the view that it was indecent, without giving him a big head. :cool:
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    going to download a grey scale thank you again
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    Amazing explanation but instead of starting a new thread, and at the risk of sounding like a complete idiot can I ask what the recommended way of darkening colours is?, for example if I want to darken yellow to a deeper shade, the temptation is to add black but is that right?, I hear black is kind of a no no. Can't quite seem to get my head around the colour theory thing!
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    my head hurts........lol.... play nice kids...
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    To darken a color you can (up to a certain point) add the opposite color (on the color wheel).

    this has been posted before (no clue by who anymore but credits to original poster :)) it's a nice and clear video explaning the basics:

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    Like I said, at the risk of sounding like an idiot, didn't want to ask such a basic question as it leaves me open to ridicule, but we've all gotta learn somehow...never mind.
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    thanks haasje. As always your help is invaluable
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    Its actually not a stupid q, color theory confuses many, mostly me.... im learning. I only use black to darken white (make grey ), or very dark umbers. And just recently started adding colors together to make very dark browns..... after i realized how many different blacks there really are. Cool blacks, warm tone blacks owwwww my head is gonna explode
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    It would be idiotic not to ask, every one here has started not knowing so why reinvent the wheel when you have this nice forum at your disposal :thumbsup:.
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    and it still messes with my head !!
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    after you asked this question i thought that what Haasje answered was right so i googled up color wheel...i have a hard time retaining info due to being a total burnout from all the dope i used to do anyway...D!CK BLICK had cool pocket colorwheels on their website...i need to get one of these simple tools to help me....lol....i took art classes all thru school..(only class i went to) and still dont remember sh!t!! this OAF has been a godsend for me and im sure a lot of others as well so keep askin questions and dont worry there is NO such thing as a stupid question so im told..lol...lol..lol..
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    There is no harm at all in sounding idiotic, some of us go out of our way to do just that:thumbsup:
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    I don't need to go out of my way, I am a natural idiot and proud. Not everyone is as gifted at it as me. It's the one thing I do really well. That is why my colour theory is "Ug!...need make colour....Ug.....squirt paint.... smoosh together...me no like.....Ug, Ug....me try again......and again.....me get lucky....ish......stuff it...... Ug! That do!"
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