How To Tutorial
I've had a few folks ask me to cover the basics involved in how to take
an image from basics to completion on the PC. First thing you'll need
is a program like Adobe Photoshop that allows modified layering... Here
start with a roughed out pencil sketch of the idea in you mind. This
can be as messy as you like... the reason for this is if it gets too
fuzzed with graphite smears you can use a light board to make a fresh
clean copy for transfer later. The trick to this part is having your
layout all set and all your basic lines in place.
copy time! This makes inking a whole lot simpler. If you do not own a
light board, you can cheat using scotch tape , a window, and a nice
sunny day. ;) The idea here is to remove all fuzzy sketch lines. This
step can be skipped by more confident artists or if you base drawing is
already clean, go straight to inking.
crisp lines are critical for computer colored artwork. Take your time
outlining and make sure all your lines connect to one another, sealing
in area for color fill purposes. Graphic artist pens, or drafting pens
are excellent for this step. Preferably a set this refillable and has
different line widths. Ball Point pens will not work for this step!
Use a good scanner on a black and white Illustration setting at
the highest DPI you can effectively run. Likely, it will save in Bitmap
form. In Photoshop go to the header Image, select Mode click
Grayscale... repeat one more time <cause it won't let you just jump
straight to color> this time instead of Grayscale select RGB Color.
You are now set to begin!
Artist tip: When working around the eyes select one of the finiest
tipped pens you have. This allows for greater effects when using the
airbrush for shading later on.
you do anything now you want to go over to the tab called Layers and
click on the spot that says Background. A window will pop up asking for
a New Layer <typically it has Layer O entered in the text field>
you want this! This will allow you to modify your drawing. If it
remains a background it will lock out options. Once this is done,
select all on your first layer using the Edit header Copy and Paste. It
will create an identical top layer. In the Layers box once more you'll
note a text field that says Normal... it has a drop down menu you want
the layer style called Multiply. This actually makes all your white
transparent and slightly widens your black lines making a cleaner,
animator cell like appearance. Once that is done, you will want create
a new blank background layer, then use the 'magic wand' selection tool
to select all the areas your background will eventually peak through
and cut them on both picture layers. Fill your background layer with a
deep obvious color to contrast as you work, this helps spot missed
spaces. Use the paint bucket to fill large areas and have fun! Once
you've filled in the colors it's on to the next phase!
Artist tip: If you missed a connection point and suddenly find you've
filled a portion you did want to! Select black as your color and grab
the pencil tool, usually at 3 pixels you can fix the tiny breech
without a problem. Do this until there are no more accidents.
'Magic Wand' is your friend! Use this tool to select areas on your
picture and only effect those areas at a given time and add highlights
and shadows to it using the airbrush feature. This is a highly
adjustable tool that allows you to control the pressure amd gradient
amd even the shape of its flow. If you have an artist
tablet with the pen instead of a mouse, it senses how much you push and
that effects the response of the onscreen brush. Another style is to
block shade using a line of shade color and filling it in. This has the
look of old style cartooning. It all depends on what you want to do.
Add more layers for effects as needed. If you need to get back into an
area you've already shaded click into the Outline layer
<Multiply> select the area you wish and simply drop back down to
your color layer. ;) Lastly add a neat background.
if you're like me you can't stand lookin' at a white page! Here's the
pen outline polished off in marker ust for kicks. But I do like the
look of the computer piece better.
There you go! Now... if you have any questions you know where to find me! Keep drawing!
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