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From the author of Adding a Touch of Color on a Layer

Adding a Touch of Color on a Layer

To set off my pencil drawing, I added a semitransparent color overlay to the image. To create the overlay, I worked on a separate canvas, painting an area of gold with the Smudge brush.

To follow this color process, begin by closing your sketch. Your changes will be saved automatically. Open a new canvas in your project. Choose a color from the Color wheel. (I chose a rich gold.) On the toolbar, tap a Brush to select it; a long press will reveal the pop-up menu. Scroll to locate the Smudge brush, as shown in Figure 9. The Smudge brush paints a rich texture. Use it to loosely paint a colored area.

For an interesting asymmetrical composition, don't cover your entire background. Figure 10 shows my example. When you're happy with the paint, click the Share icon and choose Save PSD to Creative Cloud. The file will be uploaded to your My Files folder.

Figure 9 Give the Brush tool icon a long press to open its pop-up menu, and then choose the Smudge brush from the menu.

Figure 10 Roughing in the area of gold color.

Now you can access the colored file from the My Files folder on your CC account. Open your pencil sketch, tap the Picture layer icon to bring up its menu, and then choose My Files. Figure 11 shows the pop-up menu with My Files. Locate your colored smudge file, as shown in Figure 12. Select the image, and then tap the Open File button to place it into your sketch. Pinch to scale the image and drag to position it.

Figure 11 Tap the plus (+) icon to open the menu, and choose My Files.

Figure 12 The gold-colored image is selected in the Assets window.

Use the Opacity slider to adjust the transparency to your liking, as demonstrated in Figure 13.

Figure 13 Adjusting the opacity of the layer.

Then tap Done to exit the mode. Figure 1 at the beginning of this article showed my completed drawing with its color overlay.

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