Photoshop Cs3 Tutorial

Want a Photoshop Cs3 tutorial that’s easier than watching Michael Jordan try to act? You got it! We’re going to look at how to append color to line art, which will include coloring the actual lines. This particular Photoshop tutorial is rather straightforward and can be done in most versions of Photoshop, and not just Cs3. So, before we begin, get your image that you want to digitally ink opened in Photoshop and then the magic can begin.

  1. Porygon used Conversion! Actually, Porygon has nothing to do with this, but make sure your image is in RBG mode before you begin (or CMYK if it’s for print; this tutorial will deal with RBG). To convert the picture to RGB, go to Image > Mode > RGB.
  2. Adjust the levels. You need to make sure the lines are the darkest they can be, so hit Ctrl+L to open the Levels panel. Drag the left-most and right-most sliders right and left (respectively) until you have nice dark lines that aren’t grainy.
  3. Touch-ups. Using a hard eraser (meaning one that doesn’t look blurred), go in and retouch any rough edges or unwanted spots. For example, if there’s a strand of hair with a rounded end, use the eraser to sharpen that line.
  4. Bye bye backround. First, unlock the “Background” layer by double-clicking on it. Rename it “lines.” Make sure your line art has no white areas, or else it will interfere with the coloring. You can remove the white areas by going to Select > Color Range, sampling the white background with the eye dropper tool and setting the Fuzziness (between 50 and 75 is usually best). Hit OK, Delete, and Ctrl+D. You should now have only black lines on a checkered background. More adjustment of the Levels may be needed again after the two previous steps. For some reason, this step sounds inadvertently racist too. Odd.
  5. Channeling. Go to the Channels tab – this is either right next to the Layers tab, or you can go to Window > Channels. Hold Ctrl and click one of the highlighted tabs. It won’t matter which one. This will highlight the lines with that funky moving dotted line.
  6. Slimming. Hit Ctrl+Shift+I to invert those lines, and if you do it right, the lines will appear to get thinner. Wow, if this is all you had to do to lose weight, no one would ever exercise or get gastric bypass ever again – they’d all be doing the Photoshop Shortcut Keys Diet.
  7. Filling. Create a new layer, choose the Paint Bucket Tool and use the color #000000, which is the darkest possible black. Click anywhere on the work area with the paint bucket to fill in those selected lines. Then hit Ctrl+D to de-select everything. Name this layer “color.”
  8. Cloning. Right click the “color” layer and click Duplicate Layer; name this new layer “color lines.” Now here’s where the real Photoshop experience starts to happen: Hold Alt and move your mouse cursor to the line between the first two layers. You should see a little symbol that looks like intersecting circles. Click when you see this symbol to create a clipping mask.
  9. Yay, colors! Now pick a color from the palette and paint over the lines on the “color lines” layer – you’ll only get color on the lines themselves. In the meantime, paint inside the lines on the “color” layer by using either the Brush Tool or the Magic Wand and Paint Bucket Tools. The fun thing about Photoshop is there is always three or four different ways to do the same thing, and this guide is no exception.

That’s it, really. It seems like a crapload of work, but it really is relatively simple and can be used by newbs and 1337 alike (yes, we just used game slang to describe a Photoshop technique.) This Photoshop tutorial was really just the nuts and bolts of digital inking; you can also add filters, change blending modes, and add rendering with the Dodge and Burn Tools.

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