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What Is Grayscale Coloring?

If you are asking yourself what is grayscale coloring, the answer is quite simple! Grayscale coloring is the process of coloring over a grayscale image. The different shades of gray (grayscale) create depth and dimension to your colored image. Unlike ‘traditional’ coloring, where there are large expanses of white and the finished image is flat and two-dimensional unless you add your own shading, grayscale coloring has the shading already built in 🙂 Of course, you can still add your own shading to enhance and develop the shading in the grayscale base, however if you don’t want to – you don’t have to.

Grayscale coloring shares similarities with the old fashioned method of tinting photos to give them color. However, today grayscale artists are creating designs and artwork specifically for colorists to bring to life with color. If you love coloring and haven’t given grayscale coloring a try, download one of the freebies in our Facebook group to give it a try.

Photorealistic Grayscale Coloring

Many people love to achieve realistic results with their grayscale coloring and seek to achieve photorealistic results by using realistic colors. However, there are no rules when it comes to coloring and you can create whatever effects you want when coloring over grayscale images. Just because you are coloring over a realistic looking person, doesn’t mean that you need to stick to realistic colors. Use different colors to achieve fantasy and whimsical finished art.

Lady Grayscale Coloring Pages

I create the grayscale coloring pages that you find here using a range of digital techniques. When I create the designs, I take particular care to ensure that the grayscale image gives you the definition you require. Often this entails working and reworking the base image before converting it to black and white. The reason for this is that two colors may be very different in hue (for example red and green) however they may appear almost identical when they are converted to black and white.

Grayscale Coloring Photos

You can certainly color over black and white photos to achieve similar effects. Convert your own photos to black and white or look at one of the free stock photo sites, such as, for photos which are free for you to download, make black and white and color. You will find these photos at the base of many coloring pages. The one drawback with using photos rather than specially created grayscale coloring pages is that photos are not optimized for grayscale coloring. However, for practicing, or creating some artwork which is very personal to you, these can be a great option.

Grayscale coloring is a great form of coloring for beginner and more advanced colorists. Beginner colorists can simply color over the base image ‘as is’ and more experienced colorists can take it one step further by blending and using other coloring techniques. To learn more about coloring grayscale coloring pages check out How To Color Grayscale Images.

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