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Summary:

Line-Art in Photoshop

  ●  This tutorial teaches some basic, yet very sophisticated techniques for maximizing line drawings in Photosohp.


Learn About:

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:

1- Line Art - 2- Face Color - 3- Face Shading - 4- Hair - 5- Highlights - 6-Eyes

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Step #1: Open your Line Drawing in PhotoShop ~

The layer may be locked.

Layer may be locked

Double-Click the layer.

Rename the layer sketch - then hit OK to unlock.

renaming layers

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) …

crop tool

… 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

greyscale

… hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+L and adjust the sliders to remove as much clutter as possible while making the lines as dark as possible.


Clump the arrows together. Line drawings usually have a very narrow range.

Then go back to RGB by going to: Image > Mode > RGB.

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: backspace (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

zoom tool

… select Zoom In on the menu bar …

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… and click the image to zoom in or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘) +cmd plus keys


Step #7: Erase the Junk!

Get the Eraser Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (E) …

eraser tool

… select a Hard Round brush …

hard round brush

… and clean up the lines …

… erasing ALL the clutter, leaving only solid black lines.

When you're done, lock lock the sketch layer.


Last Step: Save & Attach ~

Go to: File > Save as … and save your work as - [ LASTNAME-FIRSTNAME-PROJECTNAME.psd]

save as .psd

Attach it!

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  •   ALWAYS save your projects like this:
LASTNAME-FIRSTNAME-PROJECTNAME

 

  •   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.