Once the line drawing has been completed, the next step is to color the image. The benefit of coloring the image digitally is the ability to make changes repeatedly and rapidly, without having to start from scratch each time. An entire costume collection can also be shown in different color options, allowing the director to choose or change looks without creating an additional workload for the designer. This allows flexibility when selecting fabrics or choosing costumes from stock. Colors in the sketches can be easily swapped to reflect the available fabric choices, and can be compared with the colors of co-coordinating pieces to ensure the entire “stage picture” remains harmonious.
For those who are not familiar with coloring images using Photoshop, the Applying Color Guide will supply the basics of adding color.
Painting can be done using the mouse or the graphics tablet. The stylus is pressure sensitive and allows for the subtlety of brush stokes to be recreated. Some find it takes a bit of time to become accustomed to using a graphics tablet.