Line-Art in Photoshop
● Learn some basic techniques for cleaning up line drawings in Photoshop.
✓ RGB vs. Grayscale ✓ Levels ✓ Crop 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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Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.
Step #1: Open your Line Drawing in PhotoShop ~
✗ The layer MAY be locked .
✗ If necessary, Double-Click the layer …
✗ … rename the layer sketch - then hit OK to unlock.
✗ Renaming the layer unlocks it!
Step #2: Crop the Image ~
✗ Get the Crop Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (c) …
✗ … and crop the parts you need.
Step #3: Rotate the Image (if necessary) ~
✗ IF NECESSARY, go to: Image > Image Rotation - Counter Clockwise or Clockwise - if necessary …
Step #4: Grayscale ~
✗ Go to: Image > Mode > Grayscale.
Step #5: Levels ~
✗ … clump the arrows together. Line drawings usually have a very narrow range.
Step #6: RGB ~
✗ Then go back to RGB by going to: Image > Mode > RGB.
Step #7: 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 #8: Zoom In ~
✗ Get the Zoom Tool by hitting the keyboard shortcut letter (z) …
✗ … select Zoom In on the menu bar …
✗ … and click the image to zoom in or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘) +
Step #9: Erase the Junk!
✗ Select the Eraser Tool by hitting the keyboard shortcut letter (e) …
✗ … and click on Brush Preset picker in the Menu Bar.
✗ … 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.