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Tablet Lineart Tutorial by kuridoki Tablet Lineart Tutorial by kuridoki

Update: 15th June 2010

As I am too busy, It will be hard for me to reply to comments on this page. However, if the issue is really pressing, you're free to note me, and I will do my best to answer.

Let's help each other! If you see a question on this page that you can answer, feel free to help out. You'll have all our gratitude. :love:


Take note before beginning the tutorial:
1. You must have a tablet. Wacom is a popular and reliable brand for the most part. For beginners, I'd suggest a Bamboo Fun model.

2. For photoshop, only version 7.0 and up has wacom support. For other software, please check [link] to see if yours has the right support.

3. Also, please ensure you have your tablet drivers are installed. If yours is a wacom model you can download them from the wacom homepage at [link]


I've received quite a number of question regarding my work, one of them being "How DO you do your lineart?" Hopefully, this tutorial will answer that question.

This is a BEGINNER LEVEL TUTORIAL that was done in Photoshop CS, but should work for any version with tablet capabilities. Even if you dont use photoshop, the fundamentals are the same.

Please tell me if it helps, and if I should do a colour tutorial. (I am considering it, but its ALOT of work.)
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adam-ant2 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017
Can this work with elements?
AlectoDark Featured By Owner Edited May 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot, without this I would never check those settings in ps... you can`t imagine how munch hard time i had  before i found this tuto :D
whitneymorris Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just started using a tablet and I'm having a strange issue! My lines aren't tapering off to a point like they should. If you look at this sketch I did recently(, it's really obvious in the hair strokes. The ends look like nibs. I don't get what I'm doing wrong. Someone please help. ;.;
LunarRosesWolf Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you very much, this helped me a lot :heart:
Lunangel07 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist
Thank you very much <33
videogamehunter Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
I have a problem. I'm on Step 3 and I don't see other dynamics in my Photoshop.  
Interesting tip working at a high res then downsizing for cleaner line art, thanks!
Animefan-279 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Would a laptop tablet screen work as well as a Wacom tablet?
ani67 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Student Artist
woww..  really helped... I just bought my bamboo one :)
NinjaxSketcheartx Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
You see, I'd love to do stuff like this, I just don't have the patience. Thanks for the tutorial anyway
Amaliex Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial!! :iconheartrollplz:
angelneko88 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have to thank you for this great tutorial! I finished my first good piece of tablet work now!

Krizker Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Thanks for the tutorial C: finally I can do the lines with the proper accuracy.
XD003AMO Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god soooo helpful!!!
kathrynslee Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BTW. what's the best tablet Brand will I buy? ??????
kuridoki Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I highly recommend Wacom brand tablets. They have tablets for all budgets, and are generally very reliable and well supported. : )
kathrynslee Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahh. i see. thx btw.:D:D
thecuteprincess4ever Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nice tutorial!
I have made a lineart-everyone is free to colour it-[link]
SakiSama Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In step 3 I made all the thing you said...but my brush preview doesn't look like the one here :c someone can help me?
sry for my english xD
Sarita-MyWorld Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Really helpful, thanks ! :)
But I tried to do lines with different pressures (to do different opacities), but it doesn't work (Step 3)... Maybe because I don't have practise ? I don't have a Wacom tablet but I have Photoshop CS6.
mystical7 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Please can I have permission to post this tutorial at The DreamEvil Network.Com ? with your name and a link
back to your DA profile? its a fab tut :)
Shin001 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How did you manage to make or pull out the brush figure at (C.) (I'm currently typing and not on drawing mode(using tablet), did you do it or does photoshop have it (preview mode)?
Versehgi Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your messy line explanation gave me hope!
I always wondered how people could do such smooth lines on PS.

Thanks for the tut!!
HeavensAngelGoddess Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I'm gonna try this!
Mortris Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Very helpful. Thank you
OpalescentSky Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! This is really helpful~
Himura-mako Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Hi, i want to know which size is appropiate to draw in photoshop if i want a good quality-seeing of my work.
sabbatica Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
At least 2000 pixels height or width
YlvaLuna Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you~! nice and simple!
Costumy Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Just used this tutorial for drawing the first time with a tablet in PS - worked very well, thank you! .3
bubblefairy03 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
Before I got my tablet, I just used the point-and-click pen tool method for lineart. Then I got my tablet...and realized I didn't know what to do! I ended up still using the pen tool because i was at a loss!
I'm so happy you posted this, it makes so much sense! I can't wait to put it into practice! Hopefully lineart will finally stop being such a hassle for me now! =D
tenshifish Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Im following ur tutorial but i cant get my lines to be non squiggly and smooth like yours @-@
minnie1234525 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it takes practice to get a smooth line
Petalofdreams Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student General Artist
My father bought me the cheapest Bamboo tablet, without photoshop but it's the same tablet. Im getting it on my birthday. I can't wait! :D Thank you for your tut it's going into my faves to look at later!
StrideGum Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is a big help thanks for making it :D
bibmegu Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
how to do that smooth line art? i can't do it right. orz
Heliocathus Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
how do you change the DPI?
xEternalSkyx Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good question....
Heliocathus Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
heh...I think its when you open a new image there is the option for the number of pixels per inch (PPI) I think that is the same
xEternalSkyx Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh.... thanks!!!
Heliocathus Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I luv you~~~
wierdandfreakyart Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student General Artist
will it work with an ADESSO in Adobe Photoshop version 7.0.1???
skittlesai Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Student General Artist
how do you make your lineart high resolution?
DayDreamingOtaku Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist
If you work with a larger canvas, the amount of DPI/PPI goes up. If you think about it, most larger images you see are a higher quality than a re-sized smaller one, right?

There's also the idea of making the lines sharper, so you can try out a different combination of things that work for you~
FullmetalKiki4ever Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. I'm hoping to get my tablet in a few days. And I really wanna make sure I know what I'm doing. Cause I have been trying to draw with my mouse for years and it's finally getting to me. XD
DizDear Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
This is really helpful for me! Thanks so much!
And I would love to see a coloring tutorial by you <3
nekooYuui-cHan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm using a G-Pen f509 tablet. It also has pressure sensitivity as its feature, but I can't use the pressure in Photoshop CS5. How come? I tried to search but I just didn't get the answer I want. :(
DinosaurusCandy Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Have you figured it out yet?
nekooYuui-cHan Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
haha... yup. It was just a random problem. Every time PS doesn't sense it, I just restart the PC then it starts sensing the pressure. :D
DinosaurusCandy Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah. I was going to suggest downloading the leastest driver for your tablet if you hadn't already. I was having the same problem and that fixed it.
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