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How to isolate and color just your lineart in adobe photoshop
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Omikami-Sama Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so helpful! Thank you!
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fablespinner Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problem.
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cidvicious831 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Artist
will this also work with cs6?
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fablespinner Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes it will! :)
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RavensWritingDesk Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Student General Artist
This is fantastic! I found it so helpful! Thank you very much :D
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WingsFor-Marie Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Hello, just wondering, does Adobe photoshop 8 have channels? Or is it maybe under a different name? Because i really want to use the techniques in this tutorial but can't :(
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fablespinner Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's available in all newer incarnations of Photoshop since I made this tutorial. (And there is no Such thing as Adobe 8.0. They stopped at the 7 series and all versions afterwards have been CS#). I'm using CS5 now and still use the same method to isolate linework via channel selection.
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WingsFor-Marie Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh, i didn't realise it was referred to as CS, thanks :) I don't know where it is then... i've searched for it in help, and looked on google to see if the version i have has a channels option, and can't find anything... Maybe it's just me.
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fablespinner Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you don't have it open... Manually open it:

Window > Channel
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WingsFor-Marie Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Yeah.. it's not there.. if it was that easy i would have had it already open...
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fablespinner Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes... it is. EVERY Adobe photoshop has Channels. Go to the top select WINDOW.. the drop down menu CHANNELS.

Window>Channels


That's what that means.

If you can't find this. You need to read your owner's manual to find where everything is because it *IS* there. It is located exactly where I told you it is located. I've told you where to look and you're having difficulty still. Which tells me you're a beginner. Perhaps editing channels is slightly more advanced than you're capable of right now.

Check out this link: Photoshop CS for Dummies desk reference manual: [link]

that will also help you learn the very basics of your program.
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WingsFor-Marie Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Ok... i am not 'New' at photoshop... I may sound like a noob because i didn't know it was called CS, or can't find something in the program, but i have used it many times before... And i DO know what the window bar does. I'm not trying to be difficult, and i'm sorry if i'm frustrating you, that wasn't the intention, but if it helps, i'm also frustrating myself.

Anyway... I think I know what the problem is, and if it is the reason for the problem then i /have/ been stupid- does photoshop elements have channels?

And if this isn't the problem then i seriously don't have it, or it's under some different name.
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fablespinner Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Photoshop elements is a COMPLETELY different program and if it has channels I have no idea where it is located. I was giving you instructions for Photoshop CS versions and up... Photoshop Elements is only the barest bones of Photoshop and has a completely different interface that I know of. I have never used the program. Go to that link I sent, they have an elements tutorial there for a quick desk reference.

By the way I wasn't calling you a "dummy" that's the branded name of the manual series. "_________________ for Dummies" they have those books for just about everything you want to learn.
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melsr007 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Hobbyist
Nice!!!!!!!:wow:
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chilalisnowbird Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When you use this method, do you work in a very high resolution? The problem I usually encounter is that the lines end up looking 'grainy', as if they're pixels on a string rather than brush strokes.
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fablespinner Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I never work in anything under 300DPI (Print quality).
I usually draw in 600 DPI (I never use paper anymore) and I draw directly into Manga Studio (Best program for smooth inking, it mimics real ink beautifully.) I draw in 600 DPI so I can really get in close for fine detail (like individual eyelashes etc...). Then I export from MANGA STUDIO into a 300DPI PSD file. Then I do the above tutorial to isolate the lineart on it's own layer, then I color underneath the lineart layer.
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chilalisnowbird Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
-nod- I paint in 300 dpi as well, but I do it in PhotoShop which is probably the culprit for the pixellation, then. To remedy this, I tend to work in a very large size so that I can scale down to an acceptable quality in the end.
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fablespinner Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's exactly the culprit. Photoshop is great for color, SUCKS for smooth lineart if you're drawing directly into the computer and not scanning paper. It is pixel based so you will get a "jitter" when trying to draw long narrow lines. MangaStudio you can adjust the "jitter" (Auto smooth) levels to suit your hand and change what style "pen" you use. From typical ball point, to G Pens, to my favorite bamboo brush, I use that almost exclusively. *I LOVE IT*.
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chilalisnowbird Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, that sounds like I need to check out Manga Studio, definitely, because this is something that has been annoying the living sh*t out of me for weeks!
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fablespinner Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is the program I use: [link]
I've been using it for about 4 years now, I adore it.

You can even doodle on paper, scan it in, import the scanned jpg into Manga studio and use your pencil drawing like a light box and just trace your paper pencil lines in MS in a new layer and you'll get clean digital lines.

It's a win win situation.
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chilalisnowbird Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am definitely checking this out. I never quite recovered from Adobe's discontinuation of Adobe Streamline, and inking has been a female canine ever since. I will never understand why they discontinued that product without incorporating the functionality in either Illustrator or PhotoShop. It's -begging- for people to defect to the competition!
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fablespinner Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never used streamline, I went right to the competition. LOL
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ButNotForMe Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Student General Artist
Awesome, I can't wait to try this tutorial, thanks for making it easy!
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silver--foxx Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
thank you very much, :) i found this very helpful
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fablespinner Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great! You're welcome. :)
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gleeful-beast Featured By Owner May 2, 2008
Excellent. c:

Thank you; it's very helpful.
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fablespinner Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome
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lollivamp Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008  Professional General Artist
oo thank you very much~! this helped <3
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lollivamp Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
this is odd, it worked for me for the first couple of outlines i scanned in. . . but now it doesn't seem to work. theres' 2 outlines i tried it on, i followed all the directions and yet. . when i delete the BG layer, it only recorded some lines on layer 1. . . and when i zoomed in, the lines didn't look filled in, even though i used the fill tool. agh D: *cry*
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edster9 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008   Filmographer
I have a problem because my paint bucket tool won't show up and it says it wont work on bitmap files but im not using bitmap files so what files did you use?
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fablespinner Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
PSD files. If you saved your line art as a bitmap, you have to convert it to RGB first and save as a PSD file.
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edster9 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008   Filmographer
Ok thanks good tutorial
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asplashofsunshine Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
Thank you ^_^ This helps alot!
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Angel-Die Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is awesome but I have one question. does it matter which photoshop you have?
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fablespinner Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, you should be using 7.0, CS or CS2
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edster9 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008   Filmographer
will it work on cs3?
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fablespinner Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sure it can if the same tools are available in CS3
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edster9 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008   Filmographer
Yes thanks for the tutorial you helped alot
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Angel-Die Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for that!
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1Robin-Lover1 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007
THIS IS THE BEST TUTORIAL ANYONE HAS EVER GIVEN ON DA. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! I have learnt so much from this!!!
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fablespinner Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm glad it helped!
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AgHz Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
thanx a lot!!!!
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juggaloryda4life Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007
you are my hero i cant seem to get anything to work right but i think i could do this keep up the tutorials thay are such a help :heart:
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Ozkumeti Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007
Nice. How did you get the animation thing?
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fablespinner Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The animation is flash.
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Ozkumeti Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007
Ah.
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Yukenna Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Very VERY extremely helpful! I've seen other paintings with the very clean colored lines. Now I finally know how to do it! When I have time, I'm gonna try to utilize it....

Ever think about doing a tut on backgrounds? There aren't very many out there, and yours are rather thurough! Not to mention that there are quite a few visual learners out there, and your tutorials not only go through step by step, but actually SHOW you step by step. Wonderful!

Once again, thank you!
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fablespinner Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
glad it helped! :)
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anhnga Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007
very nice and clear
thanks a lot
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lusant2 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2007
omg i have been trying to figure out how to do this for soo long i even read a bunc of tutorials but until i saw it happening had no idea what they were talking about thank you sooo much you are awesome
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