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Tiny tips: Keep it low by Ranarh Tiny tips: Keep it low by Ranarh
Among the three variables that determine digital colour: Hue, Value, Saturation, the last gets misused the most. Here's a few thoughts on avoiding eye-ache for viewers ;), and have fun with exploring all the possibilities that arise from a broad range of saturation in your pictures!

"Ranarh's tiny tips" is a collection of iddy-biddy tutorials, each containing small bites of advice anyone can chew, aimed at beginner's level artists. They are not software-dependent. If there's a problem you have, something you feel someone should finally explain, or are just curious what I have to say on a particular artistic issue, feel free to tell me.


You'll find the whole Tiny Tips Collection, plus some full-grown walkthroughs in my tutorial section. Check out my blog and website for exclusive tutorials, walkthroughs, and tips.
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Sivaimp Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Thanks so much for this! :hug:
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
You are very welcome.
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Anthony-Michael Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for producing tutorials "aimed at beginner's level artists." It is very much appreciated! :hug:
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
That is very nice - I'm happy when I can help. :D
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straw-hat Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Good tips! You seem to know your color theory. :)
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
All those years have to be good for something. ;) Thank you.
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Chukkz Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This is a great hint! Thank you.
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
I'm glad you like it.
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MizuTakishima Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh gosh, this is brilliant! :D I usually have vibrant colors for my art, but this definitely makes more sense :nod: Thanks for the tip; I'll be sure to experiment!
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
Art is a lot of experimenting (and they say it is not a science ;).
Glad you like it. Thanks!
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MizuTakishima Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe you're welcome! :D
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ART-of-PERCEPTION Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I totally agree. Saturation is very important and greatly overlooked.
Nice Tutorial!
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
Thank you for the compliment! :thanks:
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elero Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
great tips for a beginner like me! Thank you! :)
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
You are very welcome! :D
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HCWalsh Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
Thank you again for the awesome tutorial~:D they are so helpful~:)
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
I'm, as always, glad to help! :D
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fey Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
Hast du mal Landschaftsstudien von Photos gemacht? Da war ich überrascht wie saturiert die meisten Farben tatsächlich sind. Oder auch beim Studium der alten Meister war ich manchmal ziemlich baff, wie wenig grau die Farben sind.

Es gibt beide Extreme: zu stark saturierte Farben wirken unecht, vor allem, wenn sie mit wenig Schatten und Helligkeit einhergehen, sich also alle mehr oder minder auf der gleichen Ebene befinden und als Grautöne nicht unterscheidbar wären, weil die Helligkeitsunterschiede fehlen. Wenn man aber gut mit Hell/Dunkel umgehen, wirken saturierte Farben meiner Erfahrung nach, meist besser. Wenn man am Computer arbeitet, dann tendiert man häufiger dazu, zu wenig saturierte Farben zu benutzen, was dann schmutzig wirkt.
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
Selbstverständlich - ich hoffe das Tutorial erweckt nicht den Eindruck, als wenn ich alle Farben grau haben wollte (vielleicht der Titel? ;)). Es soll vor allem ausdrücken, dass man sich nicht auf extreme Sättigung versteift - das sehe ich doch recht häufig - es ist besser man lässt sich genügend Spielraum dabei und variiert ordentlich. Für ausführliche Behandlung des Themas ist mein "Tiny Tips"-Format auch nicht geeignet.
Helligkeit und Farbgewichte habe ich übrigens bereits in Arbeit als Tutorial ;) - wenn Du nützliche Anmerkungen dazu hast, würde es mich freuen. Im übrigen, studierst Du Kunst (können wir gerne auch in einer Note bequatschen, wenn Dir das lieber ist)?
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shambok Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanx for reminding me ... I always over saturate LOL!
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
Happy to help!
Although I don't quite see your point - your art is pretty cool.
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shambok Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanx ...
My point is that I always seem to oversaturate my work (at least in my eyes ::) ). After some time I look at a finished painting and realise I could have achieved way more dynamics buy using the contrast between saturation and under saturation to my advantage. Thing is I start off working with a lot of colour in the first place. Even when I plan on a painting with muted colours... it ends up being very colorful.
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
Just lately I heard and artist say: "An artwork is never finished, it is just published." ;)
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shambok Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thats an awesome attitude!
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chilalisnowbird Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting. I've never quite looked at it that technically, since I tend to pick colours by what 'feels' right -- but I definitely see your point. I tend to use earthy, dull shades, and then create a similar effect by having a few elements in very bright colours.
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
Sometimes high saturation is just what you want. And feeling is alright, too - sometimes a rule evolves into a feeling.
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:love::clap::thanks:
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
:blush: :) :D :bow: :hug:
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PetraImboden Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sehr sehr schönes und hilfreiches tutorial ;)
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
Vielen Dank!
Ich bin an den Texten beinahe verzweifelt :crazy: - freut mich, dass es Dir gefällt.
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Yako Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
hm, ich versuch es immer, nicht so strahlende farben zu benutzen xD

hm.. Rotkä;ppchen? ^^
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
Hmmm, ja, Rotkä;ppchen - frag nicht, schwacher Tag ;)

Ich fand es auch oft schwierig dran zu denken, dass eine Farbe nicht grau ist, obwohl sie im Farbwähler grau aussieht.
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