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Photoshop Lineart-Coloring Tut by Kuitsuku Photoshop Lineart-Coloring Tut by Kuitsuku
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This tutorial is also available in French:…
and in German:…

Tons of people asked me to make a tutorial for line art and coloring in photoshop, so here you go~ =3

A few people have requested a Flash drawing tutorial too, so maybe in the future.

This tutorial was made in Photoshop CS2 but it should work as far down as Photoshop 6. All the tools I used are the same in those versions.

Remember, this tutorial shows the way I color. I'd suggest experimenting with this process until you get a result that's nice and easy for you to do. Add more layers of shading, throw in some lighting, go crazy and come up with a style unique to yourself. ^^

To answer questions a lot have been asking:
* I draw with a Wacom Graphire 4 tablet.
* I didn't use the pen tool in any of this. That's...pretty much the point of the tutorial, to get around spending a lot of time on the pen tool. 8D If you don't have a steady hand or your lineart comes out too wobbly, keep practicing. There's nothing more convenient and time saving than a steady hand in drawing.
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DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017
Amazing job!
fostenes Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016
very great, thank you my friend..
PowerLogiDRG Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016
thx for your tutorial,now I know how to color without having problem,I just need pratice more and also I would put your tutorial in my favorite folder as my tips to draw:3
basilart23 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016
Fantastic work!
Please look my work as well:
scratzilla Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016
awesome sauce. thank you so much . this is fab 
MAYO101 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just what I needed :D Thanks! 
HowManyShipsInHarbor Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg you're a life saver! Thank you so much!
ChopSakiSensei Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice tutorial dude, I'm gonna try this out myself to see if it works out right for me. ;D
vicfania8855 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yo don't know how long I've been looking for a tutorial for Photoshop on which the coloring style is like those who use paint tool sai!  Thank you so much, and I'll definitely try this technique out :tighthug:
WarriorsFight Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that was great, thanks for help me so much <3
Wan-Nya Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very useful and easy to follow; thanks! :D
Burning-Heart-Brony Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice tutorial!
GhostNinjaART Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Student General Artist
Nice tutorial, and very helpful! :D 

I have a question, however- for some reason, whenever I use the Magic Wand tool, it leaves a strange dotted outline around the inside of my drawings. Is there a way to get it to fully color in an object without this happening? If you don't understand what I mean by that, I can send you a screenshot of it. Please help! Thanks 0w0 
Kuitsuku Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015
Before filling in, make your selection and go to select->modify->expand and expand it by 1 or 2 pixels. That should help a lot!
GhostNinjaART Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Student General Artist
Ah, there you go- thank you so much!!! :D 
DragonEmpireWriter Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Student General Artist
Absolutely loved this tutorial, granted I had to do this for an in class exercise but love that I'm getting graded for a form of artwork that I'm wanting to learn XD again thank you so much for the tutorial :3
doraemonbasil Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Helped me . Thank you so much :happybounce: :hug:
Beanereeno Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To my eternal shame, I have always struggled with even the simplest things in photoshop. This should help me a lot. Thanks for the great tutorial!
LizTR Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's so helpful! Thanks a lot ^w^
Pauline007 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
ummm would it work if you artline using the Pen (photoshop) a manga and then colour it like you did ?
Thorraxe Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
love the step by step instructions, im kind of a perfectionist
manphoto Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
Thanks so much for the tutorial! Helped lots!
Siorah Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
thanks a lot! but what i would like to know is how to do it like this?…

the video would be helpful, but its in spanish and its waaay to fast D:
XxcookievampxX Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Student General Artist
so useful thank you!! 
Nyyght Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
Awesome tutorial! Thank you for this!
karklesparklez Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
FrostxWatcher Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Student General Artist
does this work for an image with multiple characters on one image
Blotche Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This guide saved me when I got my very first internship a few years back. Thanks for sharing!
Yoruba98 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Giiirl ! You saved my life ! Hug Heart 
Fwa-tair Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my hell I've been trying to figure out how to color the outline without redoing it all over again, you saved my LIFE, THANK YOU
PancakeShiners Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was super useful!

I used this tutorial to help me here:…
Cutswolf Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks great. 
zrjhiey Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Thank you very much  for these .. its  great help ...
ultrakoichi Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just want to thank you for this tutorial. I'm not good as you but with your tutorial I managed to colour the outlines and shade in some colours also adding some gradient effects. I'd love to be good illustrator as you but I need to polish up my skill. I'm struggling to do the outline with size 3 brush though. I hope you can give me some tips with that. It look crap after I've done the outlines with a wacom bamboo pen tablet pad. I have to use 0.5 graphic pens and straight scan, jpeg transfer to photoshop. Anyways cheers and keep up the great work! Love your art works!!
ooMormunaoo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how is this possible i did lineart by hand drawing and this tutorial didn't helped me at all. I want' to color hand drawn lineart simply as i can't but i can't do it ;_; its hard
MissUnashamed Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! The pen tool is my nemesis at the moment XD Great tutorial!
legomaestro Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial. I do want to avoid the whole pen tool thing...
daemoma Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Thanks so much for the tutorial! Helped lots!
endneo Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wonderful, thank you!
Syaraa Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for this tutorial <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
LadyChuuu Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thought you should know my professor linked your tutorial for my Photoshop Class!  It helped me a lot! Thanks!! ^_^
Kuitsuku Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Oh that's awesome!! :D
EmisBakery Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
This is a very good one! Thank you so much
Skully-Keys Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaaaaah! Brilliant tut!
THELEGOMack Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this! The lineart technique is very useful without a decent pen tool!
Silver-Wolf-Rain Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Thank you so much for the tutorial! The lock transparency tip really makes coloring so much easier!
itachirox Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
thank you so much for this tutorial <3! just downloaded this today (since my mac can't run on SAI I thought i'd get another program) aaah sounds simple ;;
thank you again!
Neekolassz0r Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! i learned a nice bit of stuff from this tutorial! i'm going to try a new style inspired by this! :)
akatetrisii Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The black is really clear when I try to use the gradient, and my settings are exactly as you have them. :c
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