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Rambi is *zambi's original character
she was nice enough to let me draw her and use her in a tutorial
( thank you stinklady -3:I )

well, I decided to create a tutorial on lineart separation
this should help everyone having trouble with their lineart,
and help those with a desire to understand advanced setup

sorry it's so very technical, and not very fun, but it's MUCH too important to overlook!
so enjoy ^^

//* EDIT
for those of you that know the Desaturation trick and want to use it instead for Step1, feel free. But there IS a difference between desaturating an image and converting it to grayscale. Look closely at this image ( [link] ), and you'll see that the grayscaled version is lighter than the desaturated version. What difference does this make? Hell if I know ;p But I trust a full grayscale conversion over an RGB desaturation any day.
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Para-celsus Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this opened my mind.
Jarrad113 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
Thank you for this. Finally I got it!
magikwolf Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008  Professional Artist
I am not able to color my pencil lineart.

I didn't have any trouble in any of the steps except kind of during step 6. I didn't get a complete dancing line outline of my lineart after doing the step, instead I little dancng lines here and there on the face only. But even so I was able to do the next step.
jazzysaysyarr Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
i laughed so hard, and enjoyed it so much<3
KoShiatar Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I think this is just the kind of tutorial I needed since I'm tired of the old "Multiply" trick, which is convenient only if you want to keep all of your line art black. :D
KoShiatar Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Having finally tried the tutorial, I can s it works like a charm. Thank you.
kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008   Artist
Um this would help, but I don't have Photoshop. I have GIMP instead.

Would this work in GIMP?

But this could help...
halmtier Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually doing such things to the multiple line art isn't that hard. Once your base coloring is done (or if you want rainbow lines, just your line art) you can apply a 'lighten' frame above the line art or a 'screen' with the modifications, setting it to mask only on the one layer and not the subsequent ones bellow. Takes only a few seconds, so the whole 'I DARE you to try this...' is kinda unneeded.
PixelizedPaperPlane Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I've been looking for a great tutorial like this forever and I finally found it!
nexust56 Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
plz man can u send me some links on how to digital paint
ill be gladly appreciated
nk-chan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NO WAI, this actually works. D: I've NEVER been able to find a method that works this well! Now I can have fancy colored lines and stuff! >:3
Thanks a ton for sharing this technique~
xainy Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, thanks for this tutorial, it's really awesome. : D

I did this piece using your technique. I liked the way you explained everything. Very humorous and eeeeasy to understand. I can't count the number of times that I've tried out a photoshop tutorial [I'm a PS noob] and there were so many things that I didn't understand...tutorials for people who already knew what all the PS features were, I guess. P:
R-E-I-N-A Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008
SQUEE this was soooo helpful!! Thanks you TONS for putting this up! =D
Adrian-W Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007  Student Digital Artist
this tutorial is great but sorry man...every damn time i try to load the selection adobe says "No pixel selected...i red this tutorial twice and really slowly word by word and always the same thing..i'm it doesn't have to do with the cs2 version I#m using, does it?

i would be really happy if you could reply!
Petrish Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
i loved this tutorial, so simple yet so powerful, I'll keep an eye on your deviants for more awesome tutorials. thanks!
crazzy4cradily Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
Well, when I feel like laying down the time to try it out, I will.

But, seeing as even though multiply is limiting, it's very easy to pull off.

So...I'll try it later. Maybe.
Anfinity Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007   Writer
Hey, you rock! This is the only one of these I've done that's actually worked well :D
x033 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007
this tecnique is exelent!! this is the tutorial I've been waiting for a long, long time!!!
It was grat when the LineArt came up ready to work.
thank you so much!
KaelNgu Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
thank you for the tut,sure it helps ALOT!!XDD
have a nice day man!
sanriochica333 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007
=_= Sigh I've been trying to do this tutorial for over a year and I still can't get it to work. So if someone could help me I'd be so greatful.

- when I get step j it says that no pixels were selected, so I go to check the channels to see the lineart I pasted there. Well the channel I pasted it to is deselected and the lineart on that channel is gone ;_; *so frustrating* >_<
epicArt Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007
This is woot. xD

I always used the olour range way of doing it, but this helps so much. You own at life! XD
wylin Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007  Student Digital Artist

This is my salvation from the pixel-ly, white dotted lineart everytime i use the Select colour range option = ___=

Thank you soooo much!! :D
augustc4 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007
no prob, glad it helped!
color range was one of my first methods XD
shonnen Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank yoo!!! now im getting somwhere! this is the most simplest tutorial ive seen! :worship:
Tahleena Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
sounds kool... pity my photoshop died - i wonder if i can use it with paintshop pro ;p (can't with OpenCanvas :cry:)
Kitsuziza Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007
Thats so much for the amazing tutorial you do a great job explaining everything easily the simplest to follow I've ever done
luv4art Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
Wow, this way seems to be less of a hassle. Can't wait to try it soon as I can get my photoshop program to work again.

Thanks for the tutorial! :D
HelloNinja Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007
Ever since i learned about this, my digital art life has changed. That damn "multiply" option was decent, but this not only is better, but it "feels" much, much better!
augustc4 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
lol, same here. multiply is just so limiting...
zinemerald Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007   Digital Artist
When i get to about step j, my image tunrs a verrrry light pink and i cant really see, it....
augustc4 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2007
try hitting the "q" key. you may be in quick mask mode and need to get out
zinemerald Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2007   Digital Artist
i got it working right after that lol.
But i still like multiply better, cause this way seems to be used for colouring on one layer?
augustc4 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007
actually, this way will enable you to color on multiple layers (like I'm sure you do), with the added benefit of coloring your lines (since they're on a layer of their own and a 100% black / opacity combo)
zinemerald Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007   Digital Artist
riiiight, ok....well i suppose when i wanna coolour my lines i can use this lol
SkyportCafe Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2007
Thank you so much for your tutorials. They are so helpful.
Adrian-W Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007  Student Digital Artist
that is morge than great it helped me ALOT!!! thanks man appreciate you Tutorial your the BEST EVER!!!!!!!!
:D :D :D
leilanibrief Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007
holy F*** it worked o.o; THANKS SO MUCH TT_________TT <3333333 I needed it D: <3
Dea-89 Featured By Owner May 17, 2007
Realy helpfull! :D Expecially for me and my tons of linearts


~Thank you!
Linnzy Featured By Owner May 9, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely and funny, not to mention very useful!
Togemon Featured By Owner May 4, 2007
Thank you, this was very helpful :)
alamed Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I know this is very old, but I just finished it and I want to say . THANK YOU .... I just did my first clean line art, and it looks great .... Thank you :)
JimTheCactus Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Great tutorial! :)

I won't get to try it till tomorrow evening, but it's already apparent (thanks to good explanation ;)) that it will work. So I'm looking forward to using it on my next drawing.
Sol-blaze Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
now i know what everyone's talking about! now my brain can rest.
Kaylectra Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007  Student Digital Artist
whoaa. Brilliant tutorial ^_^ So helpful! Theres no way I'm using "multiply" after this =D Thanks for sharinggg :hug:
Sixpennies Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Kyaa - you're a god! o_o Just got linked here by a friend 'cause I was ranting about crappy lineart, and this helped fix it up right away X3
Thank you so so much! I'll be using this way in the future, undoubtedly :D
Dsign Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2007
Cool bananas - will be using this for sure :D

Next stop, gonna get me some spicy brush noodles!
tachy Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007
Holy crap I love you :worship:
Cindeeee Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007
I love you.

This has helped my line art in the past 30 minutes so much, its like, amazing.

You rock.

GrimmjowJaguarjack Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007
I added this to favs for more references, but I got lost on step G. =/ How do I move the alpha channel to "layers" ? Or the question I'm asking is How do I convert Channels into Layers? Zomg help plz? =)!!

And Nice tutorial. ^___^
augustc4 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2007
In step G you're merely deleting your background layer.
In steps H, I, and J you'll load your channel information into a "selection", and copy that onto a layer via "Fill" in step K.

Hope that helps.
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