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How to make lineart  out of photos by mayshing How to make lineart  out of photos by mayshing
Something for those who wants to make their own visual novel the cheap way. 

:giggle: Yes, this is a cheat, good for budget style projects, but limited by real life reference you have.
Use at your best judgement!

I would use it combined with painting on top, more paint over/draw over the better this looks!
This method works best with non-organic environments.
Best of wishes to your experimentation!

:w00t: And my visual novel project Edepth Angel: Pinocchio's Murder is funded on Kickstarter, our free demo is available to play:

Edepth VN game demo ready! by mayshing
www.kickstarter.com/projects/m…
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:iconmodesty:
modesty Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't wait to try this out. I am the worst at backgrounds.
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BrunoEdits Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015
Pls do a video, this does not work for me.
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Darkjayfire Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful :3 thanks for the tutorial
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Professional Filmographer
best wishes to ur project, ur welcome. 
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purpleEar Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Professional
what an interesting technique! i'll have to try this sometime! oAo!!
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:iconazusasketch:
azusasketch Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for the cheat! yay! :)
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:iconbloodlily16:
BloodLily16 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great!
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:iconsachi-tan:
Sachi-Tan Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so umuch for this tutorial I know it will be a great help to me
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animegirl007 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
Very helpful :nod:
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IICloudChaserII Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
Amazing! Thanks for shering this technic! :-)
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:iconkikubi:
Kikubi Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Professional General Artist
Ha. Gotta love cheat codes.
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Grimmona Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
that is awesome, Thank you sooo much!
I made this, after playing araund some hours, with my old Photos:
grimmona.deviantart.com/art/Co…
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Catluckey Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Ohhh, I'll use this method (for my earth scenes). I'm doing a sci-fi and it takes forever doing backgrounds! Thank you sooooo much!
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Sci-fi is tricky depending on what type of sci-fi. X3 Best of wishes!
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:iconcatluckey:
Catluckey Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes! And thank you, mayshing
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:icondariattic:
dariattic Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
Thank you, this is useful!
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:iconnatchaotix:
Natchaotix Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
OMG good job ^^
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Annabeth5110 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Professional Writer
This is gonna be useful.
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:iconblackmisheru:
BlackMisheru Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice! thanks fo sharing^^
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:iconjm-henry:
JM-Henry Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Might actually experiment with this once volume one is done, at least up to step 6.
Hmm...
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Tigershark06 Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OOOOO I like this.  Thank you for sharing it with us!!  I can see getting it to the lineart level and then coloring the rest for myself!  Nice!
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ImperialNokhtis Featured By Owner May 26, 2015   Traditional Artist
I know everyone does stuff like this but it still feels like cheating.
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner Edited May 26, 2015  Professional Filmographer
It is sort of a cheat. Though, there's a limit of this kind of techniques, like you can't use it with Sci-fi, fantasy wise.. you need extra steps, use it when u need to budget your project when the pay is low. For personal mastery enjoyment, do the hard challenge stuff. *this is why many low budget animes are school/modern life, really... its cheaper because of available reference.
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sundayshu Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahaha this one is amazing. thank you!
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:iconsachi-pon:
Sachi-pon Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah i think it does need more painting on top because it looks a little too realistic in my opinion ^__^U
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Professional Filmographer
yeah, the more u paint over the better it fits. 
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Sachi-pon Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:nod:
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Colonel-Gabbo Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy mother...this is great :)
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:iconcallyzah:
Callyzah Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Professional General Artist
hooooooooooooooooooooo!!! Great!! :dance::la: Thanks!!! :meow: 
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sakura4568 Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Student Artist
Awesome. Simply awesome. ^_^ does this work for drawing manga too?
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Professional Filmographer
u will need to do drawing over for manga just like painting it over for VN bgs.
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sakura4568 Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Student Artist
So it's kinda the same? XD
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Professional Filmographer
one is more drawing, the other more painting, pretty similar yeah. XD
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:iconsakura4568:
sakura4568 Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Student Artist
Ahh I see either way I'll try both. I want to try learning how to draw both digitally and by hand. Wanna see what I have so far? 
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mayshing Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Professional Filmographer
done. ^_^
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sakura4568 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Student Artist
^_^ :hug: oh and yesterday was my birthday but I'm going to consider this whole weekend my birthday cuz I'm finally getting my wisdom teeth removed cuz they've been bothering me real bad. So happy birthday to me. And ur comic Edepth Angel (not sure I spelled it right? If I didn't I'm sorry) is so awesome. Keep it up. 
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mayshing Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Happy Birthday! That's a rather painful gift for a bday but also a relieve huh? I had tooth ache before it's REALLY BAD. Glad to hear you are getting that removed so no more suffering! 
And yes, the manga will keep updating every wed and sunday until end of August, then we switch to monday and thursday. ^^
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DarkHalo4321 Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMGSH this is amazing :o You are amazing this can help so much. Thank you!!!~ 
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Sachi-pon Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love your signature! :la:
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DarkHalo4321 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks
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