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The Lineart Tutorial

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's avatar
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 
Pintorose's avatar
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's avatar
JustALittleBitCooler's avatar
It's physically impossible for me to do lineart, because I don't have pen pressure on the note 8. It's really depressing.
Where can I get these
KingGigabyte's avatar
This explains so much wow ! Thank you for making this
VulgoPJ's avatar
Very nice tutorial! Thanks! :)
Remiaro's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
Thxxx buddy!!!
ayashige-doodles's avatar
I found this tutorial years ago and I can't thank you enough for it; it helped me a whole lot.
ShaneProcrastinates's avatar
Fantastic tutorial!

Thanks for taking your time to make it!

Cheers and keep up the great work!
AoiKuroNeko's avatar
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's avatar
how do u USE lineart?

  -       doesnt answer my question/.
the-midnight-fairy's avatar
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's avatar
This is what I needed! Thank you!
Etheim's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
this is just awesome, thanks for sharing your knowlege!:squee: 
CynicalCoyote's avatar
Omg thank you so much for this! I finally can make linearts that aren't filled with ugly lines QAQ
Kyoky-San's avatar
Amazingly helpful
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