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Kubert School partners with Hi-Fi colour design

The Kubert School partners with Hi-Fi for Digital Coloring online studies program

UPDATE: New Summer Session added. Classes start June 3rd!

The Kubert School has teamed up with comic coloring studio Hi-Fi colour design to offer a new six-week online course aimed at those wanting to hone their comic book coloring skills.

“We are so proud and appreciate the incredible response to our Online Studies Program. These courses are being taught by some of the finest working professionals in the industry today,” says Anthony Marques, President of The Kubert School. “These are live and interactive, so the student gets the most of their time learning under our instructor’s guidance. The Kubert School, well known for its premiere curriculum in cartooning and graphic art, works tirelessly to ensure we bring the best education to everyone who enrolls in one of our courses.”

Founded 45 years ago by the legendary artist and creator, Joe Kubert, The Kubert School is committed to providing a personalized education that will stretch the limits of each student’s talents and potential.

This class takes place over six weeks, once a week, for a total of 6 sessions.

– SPRING SESSION: Mondays, April 20th – May 25th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm ET.

– SUMMER SESSION: Mondays, June 8th – July 13th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm ET.

To register for this classes, please visit Kubert Online Studies page and select DIGITAL COLORING
http://kubertschool.edu/art-programs/online-studies.html  
Space is limited.

Digital Coloring – Students develop their use of color, tools, and techniques geared towards the illustration and comic book markets. Utilizing Photoshop students will produce quality samples that will include a variety of covers and narrative art pages.
Software Required: Adobe Photoshop

Instructors: BRIAN & KRISTY MILLER

Brian & Kristy Miller are founders of the digital color studio Hi-Fi Colour Design. The team at Hi-Fi colors comics like The Flash, Aquaman, Doctor Who, Superman, Teen Titans, Harley Quinn, Scooby Apocalypse, and more. As the authors of several art-instruction books including; Hi-Fi Color for Comics, the creative duo is also focused on art education. They created Hi-Fi Academy as an outreach program where they visit schools and art galleries to share comic art education with the public. In addition to his work coloring comics, Brian is also a respected illustrator known for his work for Star Wars, The X-Files, Doctor Who, Rick & Morty, and Archer as well as his pop culture and gallery artwork. In addition to running Hi-Fi, Kristy is an anthropology/archaeology professor and will finish her PhD in education next month.

 

 

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Hi-Fi Celebrates 20 Years of Coloring Your Favorite Comic Books

In 1998 Hi-Fi could be found providing digital color for Independent comic books like Billy Tucci’s Shi and Terry Moore’s Strangers in Paradise. Within a few years Marvel Comics offered Hi-Fi the opportunity to color 5 pages of Rob Leifeld’s artwork in Cable #75 and the rest as they say is history. Over the past 20 years Hi-Fi has grown to provide color for every major comic book publisher along with color for video game companies, film studios, board game companies, toy companies, and other businesses and organizations looking for professional digital color to make their artwork look stunning in color.

According to Comic Book Database Hi-Fi has colored over 500 unique comic titles and thousands of individual issues. We’ve enjoyed coloring so many amazing comics but we haven’t outgrown our roots as we still routinely color comics for Billy Tucci and Terry Moore. We’d love to help you with your next project. Contact us today and let us show how easy and enjoyable it can be to work with Hi-Fi.

 

Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp 2018 – ENROLLMENT OPEN!

Hi-Fi Boot Camp 2018 Registration is now OPEN.

Looking to level up your comic coloring skills?

Or maybe you’re seeking a career change that gives you more free time and flexibility?

Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp is the most comprehensive and career-enhancing digital coloring workshop you will find. It’s a one-stop-shop for everything you need to start creating professional comic pages that engage viewers and ultimately land you more paying projects! The previous editions of Boot Camp sold-out in record time. Don’t delay, register today to secure your seat at Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp 2018!

Beginner to Advanced Photoshop coloring over 3 intensive days:

  • Setting up Adobe Photoshop for coloring success
  • Flat color
  • Intro to the Creative Coloring Process
  • Light & Shadow
  • Color theory for visual storytelling
  • Basic color rendering
  • Exploring color styles
  • Advanced color renderng
  • Pro tips, tricks, and techniques
  • Color Holds
  • Special Effects
  • Color separations
  • Plus portfolio review and feedback on the final day
  • Certificate of completion

Included in your registration fee:

  • Entrance to all workshops Nov. 9-11
  • Includes group projects + one-on-one learning time with Hi-Fi founders Brian & Kristy Miller
  • Breakfast Saturday & Sunday
  • Lunch Saturday & Sunday
  • Networking and educational activities

Optional Extras:

  • Friday Night Group Dinner
  • Saturday Night Group Dinner
  • Hotel: The Graduate hotel has a room block set aside for Hi-Fi Boot Camp 2018 HERE. Your hotel stay is NOT included in the registration fee.  The Graduate is the official host hotel of Hi-Fi Boot Camp, but you are welcome to stay anywhere you like.

Host Hotel Info | Workshop Schedule & Info | Questions? Contact Kristy Miller

Are you ready to level up? Register below today!

Payment options via PayPal will appear after you fill out and submit the registration form below. NOTE: All registration fees must be received before October 27th to reserve your seat at this workshop. No payments will be accepted after that date.

Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp 2018 Workshop Info

Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp is still a few months away but we wanted to provide you with an idea of the schedule we are planning for November 9th – 11th, 2018.

Workshop location:

The Graduate Hotel & Resort, 225 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281

Friday, Nov 9th

4:30-6:30 PM: Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp check-in

  • Receive your registration pack and Boot Camp Badge

  • Getting to know your hardware & software

  • Introduction to Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp

  • Comic Coloring as a creative process

7:00-9:00 PM: Welcome dinner (not included in registration fee). Your chance to get to know Hi-Fi’s Brian & Kristy Miler, meet other students, and some surprise comic creators may make an appearance too.

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Saturday, Nov 10th

7:30-8:30 AM: Breakfast

8:30-11:59 AM: Morning Sessions including

  • Light & shadow

  • Color selection

  • Rendering basic shapes & forms

  • Coloring a hero

Noon-1:00 PM: Lunch

1:00-5:00 PM: Afternoon Sessions including

  • Creating custom brushes

  • Hi-Fi Helpers: working with textures & patterns

  • Coloring & painting faces

  • Panels, pages, pin-ups, and covers

6:30   Saturday evening dinner (not included in registration fee) for those who want to attend

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Sunday, Nov 11th

7:30-8:30 AM: Breakfast

8:30-11:59 AM: Morning Sessions including

  • Mastering color holds

  • Hi-Fi Helpers: creating and using special effects in comics

  • Sharing and exporting your colored comic art

Noon-1:00 PM: Lunch

1:00-3:00 PM: Afternoon Sessions including

  • Student portfolio review

  • Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp certificates of completion awarded

NOTE: You are welcome to depart earlier on Sunday to catch your flight if needed.

You will want to bring the following to get the most out of this workshop

  • Portable computer (laptop, mod-book, tablet computer, etc.) running Adobe Photoshop CS2 or newer (class demos will be taught using the latest version of Photoshop CC)

  • A Wacom graphics tablet or Cintiq

Programming schedule for example only and subject to change without notice.

Are you ready? REGISTER NOW below | Host Hotel Info | Boot Camp Overview | Questions? Contact Kristy Miller


Registration Form – Payment options via PayPal will appear after you fill out and submit the registration form.
All registration fees must be received before October 21st to reserve your seat at this workshop. No payments will be accepted after that date.

Pursue your passion at Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp 2016

UPDATE — Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp 2016 is SOLD-OUT! Registration is now closed. 
Stay tuned for announcements regarding future iPad and Comic Coloring Boot Camp events.

Looking to level up your comic coloring skills?
Or maybe you’re seeking a career change that gives you more free time and flexibility?

Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp is the most comprehensive and career-enhancing digital coloring workshop you will find. It’s a one-stop-shop for everything you need to start creating professional comic pages that engage viewers and ultimately land you more paying projects!

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Beginner to Advanced Photoshop coloring over 3 intensive days:

  • Setting up Adobe Photoshop for coloring success
  • Flat color
  • Intro to the Creative Coloring Process
  • Light & Shadow
  • Color theory for visual storytelling
  • Basic color rendering
  • Exploring color styles
  • Advanced color renderng
  • Pro tips, tricks, and techniques
  • Color Holds
  • Special Effects
  • Color separations
  • Plus portfolio review and feedback on the final day
  • Certificate of completion

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Included in your registration fee:

  • Entrance to all workshops Nov. 11-13
  • Includes group projects + one-on-one learning time with Hi-Fi founders Brian & Kristy Miller
  • Friday Night Meet & Greet with Phoenix area comic professionals & live drawing
  • Breakfast Saturday & Sunday
  • Lunch Saturday & Sunday
  • Networking and educational activities

Hotel NOT included.  We have an amazing host hotel, The Graduate, but you are welcome to stay anywhere you like.

Host Hotel Info | Workshop Schedule & Info | Questions? Contact Kristy Miller

Are you ready to level up? Register below today!

Payment options via PayPal will appear after you fill out and submit the registration form below. NOTE: All registration fees must be received before October 21st to reserve your seat at this workshop. No payments will be accepted after that date.

 

What the Heck is a Gamut?

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You’ve just finished coloring this amazing Superman cover and couldn’t be more proud of your work. There’s Sup’s vibrant blue suit and his iconic bright red cape. Looks amazing on screen, right? You finished your work, saved it as a CMYK TIF and sent it off to your editor of approval and 15 minutes later your get a frantic email back saying the suit looks like mud and the cape is a weird, drab color and you may have to re-color the whole thing! Oh, and your deadline is 30 minutes from now. ZOIKS! What the heck happened!? It looked amazing while you were coloring it and now it looks terrible. Why did your colors get turned into mud? Because the colors you chose or created were outside the CMYK Gamut your computer converted them and the result was terrible.

I can see you staring blankly at the screen asking, “What the heck is a gamut?” Allow me to explain a little.

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So let’s start this by talking a little bit about the science of color. What we perceive as color is our brains interpreting different wavelengths of light emanating from, or bouncing off of, objects in space. If we look at the color spectrum we see that long wavelengths appear as red warm colors while shorter wavelengths appears a blue, cooler colors. As those wavelengths get longer (moving to the left on the chart) we move into infrared colors, microwaves and various other electrical waves. As they get shorter (moving to the right on the chart) we get into Xrays, Gamma rays (our favorite!!) and other harmful radiations.

What we can actually see, however, is just a very small portion of that spectrum which we call visible light.

Visible Color Gamut

If we pull out that visible portion of light, simplify it and twist it into a circle we get every artists BFF, the color wheel.

But if we take that entire spectrum of visible light and twist is into a circle we see what is called the visible color gamut. Keep in mind…this example you see here isn’t ACTUALLY the full visible color gamut because you are looking at it on a computer screen which presents color to you in an RGB color space…but I’m getting ahead of myself.

RGB variation

 

This visible color gamut represents all variations of every visible color. So in this example the black arrow over the blue indicates every possible variation of the color blue. Very bright and intense colors exist at the outside edges of the circle while less intense, desaturated colors exist at the center. In order to make this a little easier for you to see, I’m going to replace our circle with one that has an exaggerated difference in saturation level from outside to the middle.

RGB Circle

So nature produces an innumerable amount of wavelengths of light, most of which we can’t see, but we create our artwork using technology that has yet to be able to reproduce all the colors of visible light. Specifically our computer monitors reproduce color in what is called the RGB Color space. This sort of bloated triangle shape over the visible color gamut indicates which colors are actually reproducible in the RGB Color Space. Using red, green and blue your monitor can recreate MOST of the colors in the visible light gamut, but not all. You’ll notice that it has trouble with some of the more vibrant orange, teals and violet colors. This is why your photos of those gorgeous sunsets never look quite right. Your camera is translating those natural lights into RGB and a little something gets lost.

CMYK Circle

However, when our artwork is complete it has to go to print. Modern printing presses mix 4 inks (Cyan, Yellow, Magenta and Black) to create “Full Color” your prints. As you can see the CMYK Color space is REALLY small compared to the RGB Color space and encompasses most of that drab, desaturated area in the middle of out circle.

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You can really see the difference here when we lay the RGB and CMYK color spaces on the same graphic. By now you’re probably asking, “what does this mean to me, the comic book colorist?” MOST colorists, including those of you using the Hi-Fi method, render their work in RGB so while we’re working we have to always be aware that before each page is finalized it will have to be converted to CMYK.

When you color an image in RGB and the color you choose (or create inadvertently) falls outside of that CMYK color space it will have to be converted before it goes to press. Maybe I’ll cover how your computer makes those decisions (Relative Colorimetric vs Perceptual conversions) in a later article but suffice it to say your computer will select each pixel containing color outside the CMYK color gamut and changes it to a color that it thinks best represents the original color.

Just a note: I have again exaggerated the colors in the following example so you can better see the way the colors change.

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Let’s take a look at your Superman from earlier and find out what happened. If we pull out the blue and red from the image and roughly plot them on the RGB color gamut you can see that they fall well outside of the CMYK gamut.

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When you convert that file from RGB to CMYK your computer decides what those new colors should be.

Now instead of those nice bright colors…they are muted and kind of dead.

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And if we look at them side-by-side you can really tell the difference in the color. So what can we learn from this exercise? First of all, when you’re coloring try to avoid selecting colors that are TOO vibrant and over-saturated. That’s your first clue that you may be heading down the path to conversion trouble later on.  Also, make sure you are using the View/Proof Colors option in Photoshop. That will allow you to color in RGB but have a CMYK preview on your screen while you work. You’ll immediately know if a color is going to end up looking gross.

At this point you’re probably asking, “Well why don’t we just skip this whole mess and color right in CMYK? Wouldn’t that avoid this whole problem in the first place?”

Well, yeah…but it leads to some other issues that are not as easy to overcome than coloring in RGB but being mindful of a future need to convert. We color in RGB because that is how Photoshop was intended to work. It was designed as a digital space for creating and editing images and digital space means RGB. Because of this in CMYK there are a LOT of tools that aren’t available to you at all. You will find that those tools that are available to you will give you a drab, gray-ish color when used in a CMYK color space instead of the rich, full colors you would get were you attempting the same process in RGB.

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Also, your files can be SIGNIFICANTLY larger. These two files are the EXACT same PSD except one is RGB and the other is CMYK. The CMYK file is almost twice the size. So, yes…you could avoid all the RGB to CMYK conversion problems entirely by coloring straight in CMYK but at a cost of lack of tools, lower functionality of some of Photoshop’s tools and potentially gargantuan file sizes.

Proof ColorsProTip: when coloring in RGB make sure you have the View/Proof Colors (Ctrl+Y) option active in Photoshop. This will allow you to color in RGB but see what the file will look like when it converts to CMYK. You’ll know instantly if a color you are creating is going to look like mud.

 

Eric White is a graphic designer and artist with 15 years of experience in the printing industry. He’s been working with Hi-Fi since 2008 as a consultant, web-guy, go-get-er, flatter and colorist. You can find more of his work at his website www.geekywhiteguy.com or follow along on twitter @Geekywhiteguy

What will I learn with Hi-Fi Color for Comics?

 You probably have a few art instruction books in your collection and I bet you found some more useful than others. Some books talk at great length about art and can be quite interesting. Other books show the author creating amazing illustrations but don’t always give you the information you need to achieve similar results. The most helpful art instruction books don’t merely talk about art or show you art they teach you how to create something you could not have achieved before purchasing the book. Hi-Fi Color for Comics provides you with step-by-step tutorials with artwork teaching you to color comic book illustrations from start to finish.

What exactly will you learn in the book?

IMPORTING and FORMATTING artwork
Learn how to scan comic artwork, combine multiple scans into one large image, and how to format artwork to fit a comic book page template. NEW: Learn how to import artwork created digitally and prepare it for coloring. Whether you want to scan and color traditional artwork or color artwork created digitally this section of the book will show you exactly how to prep your pages for color using the provided template.

TOOLS & TECHNIQUES
New to computer coloring? You will learn how to use the tools and techniques needed to complete the tutorials in the book.
HI-Fi 1-2-3 AUTOMATION makes it easy.
The included Hi-Fi scripts & actions simplify the technical aspects of coloring so you can focus on being creative.
• Automated page set-up. You start coloring quickly
• Magically prep your page for special effects
• Push button color separations with trapping for professional results

FLATS
Step-by-step tutorials show you how how to easily break down images into flat color. Learn tool tricks that will save you time and learn how to use Photoshop Channels to give you unlimited undo’s when coloring. You can even follow along with the provided comic book artwork.

RENDERING
Tutorials teaching you how to render backgrounds, exteriors and interiors, ground & sky, vehicles, and figures using cut-n-grad and cut-n-brush techniques. You will learn how to Paint with light the Hi-Fi way.

 

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 NEW: All new rendering tutorial featuring artwork by legendary comic creator J. Scott Campbell that you can follow along with and color yourself.

 

COLOR HOLDS
Knockout color holds quickly using the included Hi-Fi actions and easy to learn techniques. Learn how to apply color holds to add depth and dimension to your artwork.

SPECIAL EFFECTS
Make fire effects, flares, sparkles, glows, muzzle blasts, warp effects, and more. Learn how you can make effects once to use over and over again. See special effects applied to actual published artwork. Most of these special effects are all new for the updated edition of Hi-Fi Color for Comics

COLOR SEPARATIONS
Need to convert to CMYK color for commercial printing? The included Hi-Fi color settings and 1-2-3 Automation™ scripts make it easier than ever to achieve professional results.

BONUS CONTENT: BREAK INTO THE COMIC BOOK INDUSTRY
Get advice about creating your portfolio, attending comic conventions, and submitting samples. Discover how the comic industry handles invoicing and payment. Learn the secret to getting started and making a great impression.

If you are ready to learn how to color comic books like a pro be sure to sign up for the Hi-Fi Color for Comics email list below to be alerted when the Kickstarter for the new book goes live. Come back for the next installment to learn about NEW & BONUS content planned for Hi-Fi Color for Comics.

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Brian Miller is the founder of comic book color studio Hi-Fi colour deisgn and the co-author of Hi-Fi Color For Comics