Line-Art in Photoshop
● This tutorial teaches some basic, yet very sophisticated techniques for maximizing line drawings in Photosohp.
✓ RGB vs. Grayscale ✓ Levels ✓ Color Range Tool ✓ Eraser Tool
• This is the First Tutorial in a series designed to help students complete the Portrait Project:
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Step #1: Open your Line Drawing in PhotoShop ~
✗ The layer may be locked.
✗ Double-Click the layer.
✗ Rename the layer sketch - then hit OK to unlock.
✗ Renaming the layer unlocks it!
Step #2: Crop the Image ~
✗ Open your image in Photoshop, get the Crop Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (c) …
✗ … and crop the parts you need.
Step #3: Rotate the Image (if necessary) ~
✗ Go to: Image > Image Rotation - Counter Clockwise or Clockwise - if necessary …
Step #4: Adjust the Lines ~
✗ Go to: Image > Mode > Grayscale …
✗ Clump the arrows together. Line drawings usually have a very narrow range.
✗ Then go back to RGB by going to: Image > Mode > RGB.
Step #5: Delete the White Background ~
✗ Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool …
✗ … Right-click and select Color Range.
✗ Click somewhere in the background white area.
✗ When you press OK, notice how it selects everything that matches the color you selected.
✗ Hit Delete: (or Backspace on a Windows keyboard) and it should end up like this:
✗ Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+D to deselect.
Step #6: Zoom In ~
✗ Select the Zoom Tool …
✗ … select Zoom In on the menu bar …
✗ … and click the image to zoom in or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘) +
Step #7: Erase the Junk!
✗ Get the Eraser Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (E) …
✗ … select a Hard Round brush …
✗ … and clean up the lines …
✗ … erasing ALL the clutter, leaving only solid black lines.
✗ When you're done, lock the sketch layer.
Last Step: Save & Attach ~
✗ Go to: File > Save as … and save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.psd
✗ Attach it!
• ALWAYS save your projects like this:
• DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.
• NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.