Dang-it! Explain this to me!
I like to check out the anime wallpapers and CG artists, they often have clever and dynamic poses, camera angles, ideas, et. But i'm not asking about opinions on anime-style characters (that's your choice), HOWEVER, what I do want to know is *how* is this coloring style created? I'm an okay hack at Photoshop (not great I just get by enough) but I have trouble trying to emulate this style.
I read a while back that the Japanese have a few distinctive computer color programs just for this. Is that true, or was someone blowing smoke up my skirt? Or is this really just Photoshop + Illustrator + Painter + whatever. Because it doesn't seem like all the effects are under one hood.
Help me out Sequential Workshop Toolbox, what gives?