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Flat colors the easy way - 01

I finished inking the last page of FG #1 a few days ago and was messing around and found this REALLY COOL option under Image Adjustments. I found a way to make lineart, be it digital or real media, cleaner and easier to lay flat colors in. If you're a comic artist this might help you greatly I hope :D.

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zawung's avatar
thx for sharing
OspreySoul's avatar
Awesome little tidbit of information. Definitely something that could come in handy in the future.
ChristiVivar's avatar
That is amazing. I'm going to try this out! Thanks for sharing! :D
VampyrFetal's avatar
Holy crow, awesome tip. I will definitely be putting this to use.
toasty-fresh's avatar
Thanks for these tips! I'm always so lazy about lineart, but I guess I have to shape up if I'm to use this, huh? :XD:
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ideallyRANDOM's avatar

God, I always knew there was an easier way to work on art, but I could never figure out how xU

Well, thanks to you, I've managed to create better art in less time. Thank you very much^^
geezone's avatar
Oh my--

Seriously, this sounds too good to be true. Flatting is, well, I swear a kitten dies every time I have to, but I still flat for an hour thirty everyday, anyway.
harveytsketchbook's avatar
This is the best thing of my entire life today.....hahaha! sorry if im too happy that i discover at your gallery of how I can clean my line which is very very bad....many thanks nashya!
many thanks...i dunno if you still remember me...
hahaha! drop at my portfolio gallery sometimes if you have time @ your fan! :D
glodefunk's avatar
nice tutorial. It was really handy.
Your tutorials are so helpful, I have to resist favoriting all of your work D :
dirktiede's avatar
Yup, that's the way to do it. If you're working with original cans, you can skip the Threshold step by just scanning in as 1-bit Line Art at 600dpi or more.
dragonelfnova's avatar
gonna check this one out too
Ogun-GodofIron's avatar
I think this is pretty helpful, and I'll try and apply the threshold adjustment to my manga now, thanks!=D
Ogun-GodofIron's avatar
I am an aspiring manga-ka, but I only have/use photoshop.
can the same steps be applied there?
kyria's avatar
ooooh, veddi helpful.
amanoma's avatar
so helpful..your a great artist
SinLei's avatar
That's so excellent! Thanks!
paola-tm's avatar
This is really helpful. Thanks for sharing :D
astrofavilla's avatar
Wow, thanks. I never thought of doing flats that way. This helps.
OhAnneli's avatar
I thank you for this tip, I will start up my own business as an illustrator/ cartoonist in january so I really appreciate some advice on how to make things easier.... :) *hug* :heart:
HondaFox's avatar
Hey, thankyou for the tutorial, it was very informative.

However, if you don't mind. I have a few dumb questions I need to if you find the time to answer them, I would really appreciate it.

1 - How do you know what resolution (?) is 600 dpi? The reason it's confusing to me, is if you scan, you can scan at that resolution but then the computer does the work for if you're starting from scratch, how do you know what size--resolution is what? (As you can tell, I don't know what I'm talking about here. :P)

2 - I was thinking of doing a manga..and I wanted to make them so I could put them on the web, but also having the option of printing later. I think you answered someone that at 600 would have to be shrunk down to 100 dpi in order to be able to do that. (Which obviously, until I under stand the dpi system, I don't know what the difference would be.) Or is it possible I misunderstood somehow?

3 - I've noticed you've also mentioned Tokyopop..and how they require such a high dpi, but even you don't go that extreme. (Why is that btw? I looked for the journal where you were supposed to have mentioned it, but I couldn't find it.) However, is their page sizes correct? What would you recommend a good page size for the standard small book manga? If I'm going to do it, I want to make sure I do it properly. Lol.

4 - I noticed you also mentioned Fruits Basket! That style is one of my favorites! I believe you mentioned the mangaka inks with solid lines, but because the small lines are darkened a lot, they appear wispy on print size?

5 - Lastly. I've also noticed you've had quite a few discussions with people about how this tutorial is beneficial/not so beneficial. Is there anything others have said that I should know? A lot of them say this isn't good to learn because of various reasons. (Most importantly it's a bad method for a picture with lots of details..?)

Anyway, I'm very sorry this is so long. And I understand if you don't have the time to answer these. But as someone who's both a noob and not a noob, I felt like it'd be better ask someone who really knows what they're doing before attempting something like a manga. Lol.
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