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Learn how to color comic books with step-by-step Photoshop tutorials from the pros who color comics for Marvel, DC, & Image. Read more

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Learn how to color comic books with step-by-step Photoshop tutorials from the pros who color comics for Marvel, DC, & Image.

Phoenix, AZ Comics
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Thank you for backing Hi-Fi Color for Comics. This project was 100% funded in only 12 days. On this final day all but one of the stretch goals are unlocked. Choose your favorite reward and pledge today to help unlock the final Stretch Goal!

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 owning the book. Hi-Fi Color for Comics provides you with step-by-step tutorials and artwork teaching you how to color comic book illustrations from start to finish.

What exactly will you learn in the book?

IMPORTING and FORMATTING artwork
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 comic 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 to start coloring quickly
  • Magically prep your page for special effects
  • Push button color separations with trapping for professional results

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

RENDERED COLORTutorials 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. Including new rendering tutorials 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 create special effects images once to use over and over again. See special effects applied to actual published artwork. 

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.

PRO ARTWORK
The artwork for Hi-Fi Color for Comics continues to come in from amazing comic book creators. Here is a list of current contributors.

  • Terry Moore - Strangers in Paradise 
  • Craig Rousseau - The Perhapanauts 
  • Katie Cook - Gronk 
  • Mike Worley - Image's Big Bang Comics 
  • Joe Quesada & Dani Miki - Spider-Man 
  • Mike Norton - Battlepug
  • Dan Jurgens - Tommi Trek 
  • Mat Wagner - Grendel & Mage 
  • Casey Malone & Dustin Yee - The Enigmas 
  • Scott Wegener - Atomic Robo 
  • Joe Corroney - Star Wars and Star Trek 
  • Shawn Pryor & Martheus Wade - Young Star 
  • Humberto Ramos - Fantastic Four 
  • J. Scott Campbell - various Superhero art 
  • Frank Quitely & Tim Townsend - New X-Men 
  • John Byrne - Tommi Trek 
  • Phil Hester - Sick Time 
  • David Bryant - Aviatrix 
  • Melinda Timpone - White Noise 
  • Paige Braddock - Jane's World 
  • Tom Mandrake - Devil's Gate 
  • Val Hochberg - Mystery Babylon with Kick Girl 
  • Tom Nguyen - various Superhero art 
  • Steve Lightle - Tommi Trek 
  • Chad Hardin & James Taylor - Fist of Justice 
  • Sapphire Tricket - Solar VII 

...and more to be announced.

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

We have additional chapters, book upgrades, and bonus art packs from top name creators ready to include in the stretch goals which will make Hi-Fi Color for Comics bigger and better for all backers.  

Are you ready to get involved and put Hi-Fi Color for Comics in print? Then read on for the REWARDS!

*ComiXology edition is compatible with iPad, iPhone, Android, Kindle, & Windows 8 Tablets.
*ComiXology edition is compatible with iPad, iPhone, Android, Kindle, & Windows 8 Tablets.

STRETCH GOALS
We have some amazing stretch goals for you. As we hit stretch goals the book will grow in size giving your more book for your pledge. 

UNLOCKED - Backers who pledge $25 or more receive these upgrades.
UNLOCKED - Backers who pledge $25 or more receive these upgrades.
UNLOCKED - Backers who pledge $20 or more receive these upgrades.
UNLOCKED - Backers who pledge $20 or more receive these upgrades.
UNLOCKED - Backers who pledge $20 or more receive these upgrades.
UNLOCKED - Backers who pledge $20 or more receive these upgrades.
UNLOCKED - Backers who pledge $20 or more receive these upgrades.
UNLOCKED - Backers who pledge $20 or more receive these upgrades.
UNLOCKED - Backers who pledge $20 or more receive these upgrades.
UNLOCKED - Backers who pledge $20 or more receive these upgrades.
This goal is in-progress and will unlock at $32,500
This goal is in-progress and will unlock at $32,500

SHIPPING FREE U.S. Shipping for all rewards levels. Shipping fees for rewards going outside the U.S. are indicated and collected by Kickstarter. We have done all we can to keep the shipping cost as low as possible but books are heavy and not cheap to ship. If shipping cost is a concern please consider the ComiXology digital edition.

HOW WILL THE FUNDS BE USED?

  • Production, Printing, Promotion of Hi-Fi Color for Comics
  • Shipping all those heavy books
  • Compensation for artist who contributed their original artwork for you to color as well as the book editor and designer
  • Any fees associated with converting the print book to digital format for ComiXology
  • Fulfilling additional requirements of reward levels, mini-prints, workshops, etc.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE: All artwork featured in Hi-Fi Color for Comics is done so with the express written permission of the Copyright holder or their legal representative. Art release forms for Hi-Fi Color for Comics are on file with Hi-Fi colour design and all Copyright notices within the book are as stated by the Copyright holders.

Risks and challenges

Fulfillment will be handled by shipping backers all items in one package when possible to reduce shipping time and expense. This means rewards like mini-prints will ship with the completed book, not before.

The authors and editor have previously completed several art instruction books and are ready to complete the the new Hi-Fi Color for Comics, have the books printed, and ship them to backers.

Working full time in the comic book industry the challenge we face is always one of time and deadlines. Any project that involves multiple writers, artist, designers, etc. can run into deadline issues. If all stretch goals are reached the book will double in size which may require additional time for design, printing, and shipping.

If any delay or setback arises all backers affected will be notified via Kickstarter update and advised of any change in the delivery timeline. Our goal is to complete the book, have it printed, and delivered to all backers in a timely manner.

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    ART ENTHUSIAST
    • Your name listed on the CREDITS PAGE of Hi-Fi Color for Comics

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    10 backers

    ART PATRON
    • Your name listed in the VIP section of the CREDITS PAGE of Hi-Fi Color for Comics

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    8 backers

    ART COLLECTOR
    • Hi-Fi Color for Comics mini art-print,
    Plus your name listed in the VIP section of the CREDITS PAGE of Hi-Fi Color for Comics

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    92 backers

    COMIXOLOGY EDITION
    • ComiXology edition of Hi-Fi Color for Comics (compatible with iPhone/iPad, Android, Kindle, & Windows 8 devices), Plus enrollment in Hi-Fi Academy

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    25 backers All gone!

    EARLY ADOPTER
    • Print edition of Hi-Fi Color for Comics,
    Plus enrollment in Hi-Fi Academy,
    And a Hi-Fi Color for Comics mini art-print

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    386 backers

    PRINT EDITION
    • Print edition of Hi-Fi Color for Comics,
    Plus enrollment in Hi-Fi Academy,
    And a Hi-Fi Color for Comics mini art-print

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    27 backers

    SIGNATURE SERIES
    • Autographed print edition of Hi-Fi Color for Comics signed by Brian & Kristy Miller,
    Plus enrollment in Hi-Fi Academy,
    And a Hi-Fi Color for Comics mini art-print

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    50 backers All gone!

    BLEEDING COOL BONUS REWARD • Exclusive for BLEEDING COOL readers! ComiXology edition of Hi-Fi Color for Comics and the signed print edition of Hi-Fi Color for Comics, Plus enrollment in Hi-Fi Academy, and a Superman—Booster Gold art-print. Plus your name in the BLEEDING COOL credits and access to the BLEEDING COOL texture and brush pack from Hi-Fi Academy.

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    71 backers

    PRINT & DIGITAL COMBO BUNDLE • ComiXology edition of Hi-Fi Color for Comics and the signed print edition of Hi-Fi Color for Comics, Plus enrollment in Hi-Fi Academy, And a Hi-Fi Color for Comics mini art-print

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    45 backers All gone!

    Comic Geek Speak SUPER COMBO • Exclusive for Comic Geek Speak listeners! ComiXology edition of Hi-Fi Color for Comics and the signed print edition of Hi-Fi Color for Comics, Plus enrollment in Hi-Fi Academy, and a Go Bat Racer Go art-print. Plus your name in the CGS credits and access to the CGS texture and brush pack from Hi-Fi Academy.

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    6 backers

    LIBRARY BUNDLE
    • Signed print edition of Hi-Fi Color for Comics, Plus enrollment in Hi-Fi Academy, And a Hi-Fi Color for Comics mini art-print for you. A print edition of Hi-Fi Color for Comics will also be donated in your name to the library of your choice.

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    37 backers Limited (3 left of 40)

    MENTOR • Portfolio review via e-mail or web for up to 12 images colored by you plus a follow up review 30 days after the initial feedback to measure your growth. You will also receive the signed print edition of Hi-Fi Color for Comics, Plus enrollment in Hi-Fi Academy, And a Hi-Fi Color for Comics mini art-print

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    42 backers

    TRIPLE COMBO BUNDLE - BEST VALUE!
    • Signed print edition of Hi-Fi Color for Comics, Plus enrollment in Hi-Fi Academy. You also get the print edition of Master Digital Color with Bonus DVD and the ComiXology edition of Hi-Fi Color for Comics. Everything you need to learn how to color comic books like the pros, plus the Hi-Fi Color for Comics mini art-print

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    25 backers Limited (10 left of 35)

    SKETCH EDITION • Receive everything in the Triple Combo Bundle plus a sketch of your favorite character on the inside front cover and a grab bag of 5 autographed comic books signed by Hi-Fi's Brian Miller

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    17 backers Limited (8 left of 25)

    POP ART BUNDLE • Receive everything in the Triple Combo Bundle plus 5 signed and numbered Pop Culture Propaganda posters of your choice from Oktopolis.com (valued at $125) and a grab bag of 5 autographed comic books signed by Hi-Fi's Brian Miller

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    1 backer

    COMIC SHOP BUNDLE • 10 print editions of Hi-Fi Color for Comics with mini art-prints, plus 5 signed print editions of Hi-Fi Color for Comics with mini art-prints

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    PRIVATE TUTORING • Receive everything in the Triple Combo Bundle plus a portfolio review and 2 sessions of mentoring via Skype, Facetime, or Google Hangouts. - Session 1 - 1 hour personal color instruction session. Hi-Fi's Brian Miller will demonstrate coloring techniques, work with you to create a personal challenge project, and answer your questions.
    - Session 2 - 1 hour follow up session. Brian will review your work, suggest and show you ways to make your coloring more dynamic, and help resolve any new questions.

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    2 backers Limited (23 left of 25)

    COMIC COLORING BOOTCAMP in Phoenix, AZ
    • Receive everything in the Triple Combo Bundle plus: Three days of comic coloring bootcamp in Sunny Arizona during November 2014. Friday arrival - evening "drink & draw" reception meet & greet. Saturday Morning Workshop - Lunch Break - Afternoon Workshop - Saturday dinner with other attendees and local Arizona comic talent.
    Sunday morning workshop - afternoon departure. Backers must supply their own laptop or portable computer with Adobe Photoshop CS or newer & graphics tablet. Airfare & hotel not included in reward. A special group rate at a Phoenix area hotel will be available for all attendees.

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    0 backers Limited (12 left of 12)

    HI-FI COMES TO YOU
    Hi-Fi's Brian & Kristy Miller will travel to your school, library, comic book shop, or comicon in the continental US. This reward includes a custom itinerary created for your location and event. Example itinerary: Friday - Arrive - book signing. Saturday - book signing, portfolio review, 1 hour panel & demonstration of Digital Coloring plus Q&A. Sunday - book signing, portfolio review, 1 hour panel & demonstration of Digital Painting plus Q&A - depart.

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