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The Lineart Tutorial by sashas The Lineart Tutorial by sashas
GIMP Translation --> [link]
Italian Translation--> [link]
PSD for this tutorial--> [link]
helpful stuff in my gallery---> [link]
the perspective tutorial-->[link]
the penciling tutorial---> [link]

This tutorial explains how to ink, as in where to make your lineart thicker and thinner, which really can be used for traditional and tablet users. Even if you have a tablet, or if you are a traditional inker this has some things that can help you. It has tips for people scanning in their lineart and some brush settings for tablet ppl. Then it goes over the path tool, and how to use it with different brush settings. NO TABLET NEEDED. I haven't tested earlier versions but I think I've used this method since Photoshop 7 and I've used every version of Photoshop since that version, so it should work for most computers.

Is there some way of automatically making the fade extend to the end of the path?
No, not that I know of there's no way to do this. You can always change the minimum width to a heigher percentage, and erase the end to make it tapper off. Or you can just go through the hard way an play around with the fade length in the brush window. Sorry ^^;

Why isn't the fade thing working D:
you have not gone into your brush window (F5 or window>brushes), gone to shape dynamic and switched the brush to 'fade' instead of pen pressure under size jitter. If you have not done this, it ain't gonna work. Also, mess with the fade value (the textbox next to the 'control' drop down menu. : )

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mariyami5 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello!! I love your tuto, if you want I can translate it into Spanish. When I finish, I send you the link. could be ?? I give you credits of course :) (Smile) #1 
minamina69 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018
Pintorose Featured By Owner Edited May 1, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I have a question. My biggest problem is that i feel that my lineart isn't very visible or doesn't pop very well, but I want to keep the details in my drawing. Is there a way to fix that? for example I want the lineart  on my characters eyes to show the details without become so thick to the point that the details aren't there anymore.  Heres an example of how my art is and what i would like my lineart to look like or closer to what I want it to look like

Human Pacman by Pintorose   Blue Flower submission for Lost Pause Contest by Pintorose This ones better, but not exactly what I want  My entry for the Nemesis Contest by Pintorose My Drawings…………

 Or even the way you do it while keeping the details visible with nice and thick lineart.
antiartian Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
found you!
JustALittleBitCooler Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's physically impossible for me to do lineart, because I don't have pen pressure on the note 8. It's really depressing.
LOttUS9369 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
Where can I get these
KingGigabyte Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Professional General Artist
This explains so much wow ! Thank you for making this
VulgoPJ Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015
Very nice tutorial! Thanks! :)
Remiaro Featured By Owner Edited Mar 17, 2015  Student General Artist
Would you mind if I take what you wrote and replaced the parts about Photoshop with Inkscape? (It's a freeware similar to illustrator).
thepolishgirl Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for making this, very useful.  I'm just a little confused by how you mean "storke" and "ink".  Are they the same action - inking with a pen tool (filling in the path)?  Like with the bandage on his face - you say you first stroke... then "come back" with simulate pressure... what does this mean?  You draw over the bandage line with the brush tool and then apply a path with the pen tool and fill it with the simulate pressure effect?  Wouldn't that get you a blurry line?  My problem is I always get rather jagged lines, even with the pen tool.  I can never get them to be quite so clean and crisp.  I will try the brush settings you suggests, also adjusting curves.  But anything else you could suggest would be helpful.  Thanks! 
bruno753 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
Thxxx buddy!!!
ayashige-doodles Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
I found this tutorial years ago and I can't thank you enough for it; it helped me a whole lot.
ShaneProcrastinates Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Fantastic tutorial!

Thanks for taking your time to make it!

Cheers and keep up the great work!
AoiKuroNeko Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
Thanks, this is helpful! I hadn't thought to much about the thickness of the line indicating the shading and weight of stuff, so you've given me something to think about :)
cat4cat Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
how do u USE lineart?

  -       doesnt answer my question/.
Hello, I have a question about your tutorial.  
When it says:
 Then I go back the brush tool (b) and edit the brush settings so that fade is on .

I dont understand where is this option 'fade' to put in 'on'? In dynamic shapes there's many option that can be setted as 'fade', so I don't  have idea what fade the tutorial talks about! Thanks a lot for the help!

Please can you help me? Thanks! 
Junsei-san Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Student Filmographer
This is what I needed! Thank you!
Etheim Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much *Q* 
I was looking for tips to clean my sketches after scanning them, I thought that people doing digital art were kind of machines because of their straight lines, without any tremors^^
Now I know the secret !!! Ready to do amazing art :DDD
ArchonW Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, much thanks, I will try the tips. Furthermore I think I will take a look at the other tutorials.
(Sorry for the bad English, not my main language)
Geioji Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is just awesome, thanks for sharing your knowlege!:squee: 
CynicalCoyote Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Omg thank you so much for this! I finally can make linearts that aren't filled with ugly lines QAQ
Kyoky-San Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazingly helpful
Dettan-arts Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
YJiSLAND Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
thanks so much it was really useful!
Kishy-Chan Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
awesome tutorial!! 
janarose101 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student
awwwwwww thanksssssssssssssss
JamzARTZ Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, this is pretty handy for people who're trying to improve in linearting, including myself since my linearts seem static |D
DemianDillers Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey girl, great tutorial, really helped me ,  this onet was my first line-art so thank you x).
TheIrritatedDog Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you for this. @___@ Thanks for putting this up!
gummigator Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this!! :D I actually just used this for doing lineart with pen, but it was helpful because I wasn't sure where to make lines thicker and such at which areas. XD **hugs**
7ylercC94 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks i was looking for a lineart brush setting...
meraihmimpi Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
can u make tutorial brush setting...
SoulzReap Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Xombie-Ate-Sensei Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
is that..Ritsukaaa~ :D
Good job with the tutorial :D I will definetly use iiit :D
KampnKarl Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist
Just finished the tutorial. Thanks a bunch for this. Really helped my line art.
Here's the finished line art ---> [link]
Kanivah Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Domo Arigatougozaimasu :) thanks a lot !
Thryx20 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
I really needed this thank you however I'm using paint tool sai so I can't really use the photoshop bit regardless it was really helpful thank you very much !!!!
cacazeel Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013   Digital Artist
This really helped a lot, Thank you so much :D
ThePhantomWolf Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, this will help a lot! ^^ and you draw awesome lineart!
Jata-Anwar Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
love your tutorial, I'm still learning to use a traditional method of inking and this tutorial is a big help!:love:
Isumaeru94 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Starting on the inking stuff and this gave some awesome tips.
DETWERKS Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing and helping fellow artists.
Dennylc2 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
nice, this what i need . thanks
mikage07 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
thanks for this! been looking for this one ..
hope you'll have more photoshop tutorials..
its really easy to understand like for beginners like me..
pandazini Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome, I was waiting for someone to do this
XkittyandbunnyX Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Artist
I hate lineart so much, my hand is so unsteady. ; ^ ;
x-Srishti-x Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanx alot!!! I had no idea line-art layer was that useful
Falru Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Thanks for the tutorial, it was a great help, although I must admit I'd rather have seen a walkthrough for that "tension" image instead of the ritsuka sketch :P

Also, I'm not sure if this is how it was in older versions, but I'm using the latest version of CS6 and when you check "Simulate Pressure" without "Fade" set, you DO NOT get pressured lines, as indicated in this tutorial. In order to get those lines, you have to change it from "Fade" to "Pen Pressure" (even if you don't have a pen!). I'm not sure if this is how it was in old versions or indeed, if it's even like this on anyone's computer but mine, but I spent many hours agonizing over how I could get a nice pressured fade from the "middle" of a line and not from one end to the other. The answer was "Simulate Pressure" checked and "Control" set to "Pen Pressure" instead of "None"

Hope this helps someone.
LeonardoMadona Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I found this very helpful! thank you!
arpeejajo Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is going to be so helpful! I've been looking for a good tutorial for a while now.
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