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Dropping red sketches by bigbigtruck Dropping red sketches by bigbigtruck
A few folks have asked how I get rid of all those red sketch lines when I do comic art. HERE YA GOOOooooooo

You can do this with red, blue, or green pencils, as long as the color is pure.

EDIT: Using red pencils like this is also a good way to block out where word balloons will go, make titling or correction notes, draw mustaches on everyone, whatever.

The bald spot and "x" on Amal's head is old comics shorthand for "fill this in with black". I do most large black fills in Photoshop in order to save ink.
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btomimatsu Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very helpful! Thank you!!
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Megaptera-Meganekko Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome, thank you.
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Albaharu Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
mmm I tryed with blue marks and when i click "grayscale", my blue marks appear grey T.T even when i do this step by step

TT-TT
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
have you done it by eliminating the Blue channel? Also, is the blue you are using completely pure?
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Albaharu Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
when i eliminate the blue channel it gets perfect! but i cant maintain it >.<
probably im not eliminating it the rigth way >_>

by the way, i didnt tell you thansk for this tutorial <3
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SchrodingersCat39 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is great! I love getting an insight into how you do your awesome work.
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SchrodingersCat39 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is awesome! I love getting an insight into how you do your awesome work.
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iHOMICIDAL Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Wow, thank you so much! xD I was in photoshop for a couple hours the other day trying to figure out how this was done. XD I fail, but thank you!
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MegaAnimeFreak7 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!! XDD
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rijinks Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
What is this Photoshop magic

Thanks!
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ChaztheWeasel Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just gonna hold onto this one forever yes thank you.
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Osanagokoro Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay! I love tutorials! Thanks, Truck!
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xechon Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Last week: "Man, I wish someone would post a tutorial on how to scan in things in a way that doesn't make them look like crap..."
This week: "Awesome."
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Lamb-Cloud Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg thank you!
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childings Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is so much easier than the way I used to do it with the non-photo blue pencil
Is there a reason you chose red? Does it work better than blue or other colors?
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
I just like it better. the warmth of the color is appealing :U
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Xandrium Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK YOU. I havnt found any clear tutorials and I was about to just ask you, so thank youu very much.

I did a bunch of sketches but didn't know how to take the color away.
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MindCloud78 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just Excellent advice. I thought I was the only one to use Red sketch pencils. You are a Godsend.
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DerXder Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is super helpful! Thanks for the tut, I saw something similar to this ages ago but I can't for the life of me find it and I'm too photoshop illiterate to figure it out myself how to get ride of the under drawings. Dx
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ATeenageWitchling Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student Filmographer
I'm going to try this when I draw something I like on lined notebook paper again :iconotlplz:
Thanks for sharing! :dance:
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TashinaKalmbach Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow thank you, that will help me a lot in the future! :)
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Kaek01 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good tutorial! I APPLAUD YOU GOOD SIR!
I use coloured sketch pencils as well, and they are SUPER USEFUL for marking out a page. However, it took me a lot of figuring and tinkering with my photoshop program in order to figure out how to remove them. I knew there was a way, but there hadn't been ANY tutorials or info for it online at the time. I'm pretty sure that your tutorial is the first one I've seen about it. So thanks for putting this up, and even though I already know how to remove coloured sketch lines I will definitely fav this. XD
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GorgeOnThis Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
GENIUS JUST HAPPENED~! O^O
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ElsonWong Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
600 dpi!!! MASSIVE FILE. X_x; XD

Nevertheless thanks for the awesome tip E.K.! I've never utilised the colour channel before. :+fav:
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, everything for TJ & Amal is done at 600 dpi X_X
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ElsonWong Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I couldn't imagine how much lag you'll be getting working with files of that mammoth size (unless you've got a super fast processor on your computer/laptop). I've dropped it down to 300 dpi recently to reduce the lag and it still works wonders when it comes out on print/presentation on digital format.

Though I have a feeling you'll be probably printing your works in future to be sized up on huge banners for conventions. ;) *thumbs up*
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well, it's all in grayscale, so the file size of a single page never tops 250MB. I do all color work around 300-400 dpi.

The banner I had printed was something like, uh, 80 or 100 dpi. Pretty low res, but it's meant to be viewed from far away. :)
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ElsonWong Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good point, if it was in full colour at 600dpi it would have been a killer.

Oh wow, the dpi for the banner was that small? Was it printed on postcard or commercial exhibition sized banner with stand (i.e. 2m tall/long, maybe 50cm in width?). I guess you did it for the pixelised effect should you refer to the latter! XD
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah it's about 3/4m wide and 2m tall, meant to be seen across the room. Also, ink behaves a little differently on vinyl and cloth than on coated paper, so not much sense in having anything above 150 dpi.
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ElsonWong Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How very interesting. I shall take note of this. :)

Also, can't help but do a tiny 'smigget' of a sketch of your character - TJ's fun to draw! [link]
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aw cool! And thanks so much for the great writeup, btw. I really enjoy reading commentary/feedback from folks who *get* what I'm trying to do in my comic. :)
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mrsklemzak Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Wow that's fantastic!
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ccRask Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
There are days when I feel confident with my Photoshop skills, and then I remember channels and layer masks confuse me. Le sigh. Thanks for the help!
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Lycove Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist
photoshop is magic :o
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FinalProtocol Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Never could figure this stuff out, very useful, thank you.
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Oru-the-Sinner Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
This... is kinda amazing, thank you for sharing : Dv
/cluelessidiothere
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gardendoor Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Thank you! This is the first time anyone ever explained to me how to make real use of that slider bar!
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VictorHugo Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is clever! i only knew halfway of this! Thanks!
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MadGeneticist Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
oooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Thank you!!!
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ParaParano Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oohhhh man, this came just at the right time. Lovely tutorial, very useful. Thanks a lot for doing this!
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Paperplanes95 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Magiiiiiic~!
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cartoonaholic Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is extremely useful, thank you very much for uploading! :)
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Ahalteke Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
OH MY GOD THAT IS SO HELPFUL :'D
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Looks fishy; ain't clickin'.
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Aturmchan Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yay thank you this really came in handy
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Demonic-Haze Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
I have been looking for a tutorial for this for AGES C: I was shown how to do it once and then promptly forgot the method .-.

thanks so much for sharing :heart:
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berf Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
amazing.
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Moophy Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is so helpful <3
Thanks!~
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Allysdelta Featured By Owner May 29, 2012   General Artist
Thank you! I've been wondering how to do this for ages!
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