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Illustrator Lineart Tut PT1 by dubird Illustrator Lineart Tut PT1 by dubird
Part 2

Tutorial for how I do most of my linearts now. I do use Illustrator for the lines, but it can export in a format I can pull into PSP with ease to color with, so why not?

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU CAN'T READ IT! I tried to make it a good, readable size and font, and the compression quality seemed ok to me, but that may just be because I made it, so I know what it says. ^_^;

Anyhoo, don't have to link here if you use it, but it would be nice if you did. *ahem* Please don't take this and post it anywhere else unless I give you permission. Which means, you need to ask me first.
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ObscuroArcanum Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thankyou for writing this tutorial. I'm looking for a program that will create vector-based lineart,
and it looks like Illustrator is what I'm after. Your tutorial was well-written and easy to follow,
even for someone who has never used Illustrator (but I live in Photoshop, and the interface
looks very similar)
dubird Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. ^_^ There's a lot of programs out there, but as Illustrator is what I use at work, that's what I learned to use. And yeah, if you use Photoshop, it's fairly easy to pick up a lot of the tools. I really only use it for lineart, but if you play around, you can do a lot of neat vector effects.
ObscuroArcanum Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm looking for a lineart program for much the same reasons as you use
Illustrator; not having a steady enough hand for inking in Photoshop
with standard brushes. I want crisp, hard lines, without any jagged bits
where my pen has wobbled a bit. Also the vector aspect of the lines where
they won't distort upon scaling, as standard brushstrokes in Photoshop do.
Who knows, I may even try my hand at some vector art! ;)
Thanks again for the tut.
dubird Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One thing I've learned since doing that tutorial is there is a lot of Illustrator brushes that you can use that give shapes to the lines; if you run a search on DA you can find several of them. I still use this method a lot, but the lineart brushes give me a different effect, and sometimes that's what I want to use instead.

Also, you should be able to import the .ai file directly into Photoshop as a smart object, and scale it without distortion. The PNG format is simply because I use PSP for coloring, which doesn't import them correctly.
ObscuroArcanum Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the extra information. I'll definitely experiment with the brushes
to see what other looks I can get on the lines. For beginning, I'll just start
off with something basic until I get used to the program. :)
dubird Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NP ^_^ Another good place I've found some helpful tutorials is VectorTuts. There's several on there I want to try when I get time. Good luck! ^_^
ObscuroArcanum Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the tip! I bookmarked the site to look at closely later, but on
a quick glance, there are a couple of the tutorials I'd like to try when I
get the program :)
tigerphotography Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Good job
Crysanna901 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008
i like illustrator a lot and i'm taking a class that to know my way around it better, pen tool comes in handy~ i like the tutorial
dubird Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i've had to teach myself, so there's a lot i don't know about it, but i've gotten pretty good at a few tools....^^;...
mene Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008   Traditional Artist
It's very readable to me :)
dubird Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yay! ^^;
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