i used photoshop to make lines clean

Inktober Day 3 - The Colt of the Weapons and Sigils List

One - i hate drawing circles. why did i do that?

Two - the threshold for this picture makes everything too dark. 

I think using a brush pen for parts of this was maybe a bad idea? and then i filled in the bullets too much with the fine line pen. it seems to have affected the threshold level. but if i put my threshold down at a lower number (Threshold is a Photoshop technique that makes ink work into crisp, clean lines, getting rid of things like the texture of the drawing page, or not completely erased pencil marks) then my signature actually disappeared. oops.

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tiffy961  asked:

Hello Faeb, my dearest. I have a little question and I hope you wouldn't mind answering me. In your art most of your outlines are kind of sketchy, which I love. I have recently started experimenting around with that style as well but now a question appeared. How do you colour this? With it being sketchy, the selection tool doesn't work well for me because the lines often have holes. Do you carefully stay in the lines, retracing them with the colour or is there a trick I have not yet discovered?


So, I have two methods for this, and the first one makes people cringe when they watch me on stream, haha. I know this isn’t the most efficient way to do it, but I enjoy doing it coloring-book style where I take a hard round brush under the lines and color it in manually, cleaning up the edges as I go: 

The second method is selecting the outside and then inverting the selection and using the bucket tool. You mentioned having a lot of holes in your line art. For me, I try to keep that in mind as I’m sketching to close off problem areas but sometimes it just looks good to keep something open (like ends of hair, in my case). So I’ll go back and manually color in and/or erase those areas:

Lastly, if you end up wanting clean line art for something, you can use Lazy Nezumi for Photoshop or I recommend getting Paint Tool SAI. It’s a relatively cheap program with built in line stabilization and is also great to make art in on its own. (In some areas it is better than PS, but that’s another topic haha.) 

Here is an example of the line work you can get from SAI:


So here’s my progress for this piece.

1. Thumbnail - I sketch out the idea 💡 Scribbling is mostly involved. The point is to plan out the design

2. Sketch - I pretty much map out everything and try to make my drawing more legible

3. Cleanup - I make the sketch more solidified. I forgot to turn on the perspective lines layer, but I also added that to fix the background

4. Lineart - I create the final lineart. I used Clip Studio Paint during this stage. It’s intuitive like Photoshop, but has clean lines like Illustrator.

5. Color - I go off and have fun.

axentis  asked:

hey as a digital artist that uses sai too, i was wondering how you have such clean straight lines, circles, and curves in your art? also how long does it take to do your pieces on average??? btw your art is really gorgeous and i really admire your skill....... youre talented as hell

Hello! For circles, I had to go to Photoshop for that, since SAI, unfortunately, doesn’t have a circle tool. I used Photoshop’s circle tool to make a ring, saved it as a png, and I just use that file to put circles into my pieces in SAI. But if you don’t  have photoshop for that, then you can try this, >video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ct6c2ck_fB0 which is a pretty dang neat trick 

If I need to draw straight lines, I tap on one place on my canvas, hold the shift key down, and then tap somewhere else. SAI automatically connects the two places I pressed with a straight line, as long as the shift key is held down. However, once I start painting, I don’t always do that shift key trick, I just paint freehand really slowly along the straight line. I find the results more natural, or at least as natural as digital can get. haha

As for curves, I just do a stroke really fast and hope for the best hahaaha (cry)

I sometimes have to try again and again until I get the curve I want, but I mostly get there in the end lol. The main thing for all the things above is patience and to loosen your hand, so keep at it! 

On average, my pieces take around a week to a week and a half to complete. 

Thank you! I hoped this helped :D 

edit: here’s the circle file! it should be the original png, so feel free to download it/save image, etc. 

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anonymous asked:

oooo do you have any tips for working in photoshop then?? i'm trying to transition from sai to ps qvq it's been frustrating. and yeah practice is practice! plus i've heard warm ups help loosen up your wrist for the end product so? there's that? aha. thank you for answering!!

I used SAI exclusively throughout 2010-2013 but decided I should grasp photoshop for school reasons. so U H here we go:

♥ For line drawings, lines look a lot smoother when u work with larger canvases. My default size is 1800x1800 for all my square doodles LOL. I go larger for bigger things ofc.

♥ find a brush that works for you comfortably. Sometimes playing around with the Flow helps me…! besides the megapack brushes, I use the default basic brushes u get with photoshop. I suggest cleaning up your brush list and deleting any that you don’t really use. You can always add them later.

♥ In SAI you can flip the canvas with “H” but for photoshop u gotta make it a setting yourself. Which isn’t hard.

♥ Photoshop by default makes “ctrl+z” undo/redo but i changed it to “go backwards” because ctrl+alt+z or whatever the default is was too much work LOL

♥ The front button on a tablet pen (typically) brings up the brush settings which I use to quickly adjust brush size. (You can also use the bracket [ ] keys on ur keyboard but i never got used to that lol)

♥ hitting CTRL+U brings up the HSV sliders for the layer, which I use A LOT

♥ hitting “R” switches to the rotate tool and holy shit, if I dont use the shit out of it. hitting “B” goes back to your brush tool. “G” is for the gradient tool (which I always switch to the bucket tool)

♥ i use clipping masks a lot. SAI has that function so it shouldn’t be too different. learning to work with layer masks also comes in handy.

♥ CTRL+E for merging layers

♥ CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+E does a neat thing where it flattens everything visible but just makes it an extra layer and puts it at the top. 

These aren’t so much “tips” as they are personal habits haha. Whenever I use someone else’s photoshop I get confused bc the settings are always a little different. Everyone gets comfortable differently ahah :-J

god those heart bullets look obnoxious.. 8-)

anonymous asked:

Hey Avery!!!!!!! Do you have any tips for stable and clean lines in digital? Mine look horrible

whoops, sorry, mel answering this eight months late haha oops but you should make sure you’re using a tablet and have the stabiliser on! the method for activating it is different for every program, so you should google your own. there’ll be tutorials on youtube and stuff for it!

some programs, like photoshop and i think gimp, don’t have stabilisers, so you’re screwed for those. i use paint tool sai and keep mine on s-4. once you get it working, play around with different stabiliser settings and see which feels most comfortable!
-mod mel

anonymous asked:

Hello, I wanted to say that I really like your art, it's really clean and simple and it looks so good over-all. I wanted to ask how the early drafts of your art look, just out of curiosity. Do you sketch, or just draw with clean lines from the start? A few other digital artists I've seen sketch messily at first then clean it up a little, but still keep it slightly rough. Since yours look so neat, I was curious to know if they always looked like that. Have a brilliant day, you deserve it.

hello! thanks so much for your question and wonderfully kind compliments, hope you’re having a brilliant day as well mate! so I do actually try to keep my lines clean, cause clean lineart helps me cut out clean shapes of color which I think helps to make everything come out clearer. but messy/gestural sketching is a super useful skill to learn, and can help create all sorts of interest in your art as well!

I do the original sketch traditionally with a mechanical pencil. I find it really hard to get the flow and to sorta feel where the lines need to go while using a tablet. 

and then after that I’ll upload it into photoshop, and go over it with a simpler line sketch.

then I lower the opacity and start painting. I lower it more and more, til the color is able to take over the job of the lineart, and then it eventually disappears!

hope this helped a bit! <3

mahoshoujoparttime  asked:

Hi! do you ink your outline on photoshop or its traditional?? if its on PS, which are your brush settings? i just love the perfect and clean lines you do and i always struggle to get.... thank you and have a lovely day!!

hello! recently i’ve been inking everything traditionally with pens, then it’s brought into photoshop for color. the pic below is the pen i’m using for traditional inking now, i know they’re not microns or anything fancy or expensive but the lines are so so crisp and they feel so perfect! u can get them at mochithings.com!

when i do make lines digitally tho i use a square brush set on like 4 or 5 thickness with no pen pressure, so it’s a very consistent line! i think that’s how i get those clean lines ;^;

dayequalsmade  asked:

Hey, love your ToG and CoTaR art among many others! I was wondering what techniques you use for coloring over sketches. Thanks!

Okay I’m going to assume that you mean pencil sketches rather than just digital? If not, I do have something that I did a while ago here, I also have a speedpaint if you would find that helpful. I’ve changed technique slightly but I’ll do an updated one if you need.

So, once you have your sketch scanned and opened up in Photoshop (or whatever program you use) you are going to want to adjust the brightness and contrast. The areas that are circled are where you can find the tools for that.

You are going to want to turn down the brightness, to get a darker line and up the contrast to make it clean. This effect will add a layer thing and you want to merge that with the original sketch so that it doesn’t effect every other layer. 

Add a plain background (I always use white because I find it easier but by all means pick a different colour). Then on the sketch layer get rid of everything outside of the sketch, just with an eraser tool, because sometimes pages can be grubby and it just look cleaner.

This is totally optional as well but I hate working with black/dull grey lines, so I will usually adjust the colour to be a bit warmer. You’ll want to merge that adjustment with the sketch layer again.

Now, turn the sketch layer to the multiply or linear burn so that you will be able to see the colours through the sketch. Then on a new layer that in placed under the sketch layer, colour it in however you want.

On a new layer again, I would choose a a pale warm/cool grey (never just grey or black, that can make a drawing dull) colour the shading. This layer is on top of the sketch layer and set to either multiply, linear burn or colour burn (depending on what looks best)

Et volia! That’s how I would usually colour a sketch, I hope that was helpful!

anonymous asked:

Can you talk about your lovely art? What brush do you use? Program? Do you have a process or can you Show a bit how you make those precious lines?

I primarily use Clip Studio- the pens and brushes are so clean and precise, I love them. I used to use Paint Tool SAI and Photoshop, but Clip Studio is great not just for drawing really clean lines but it’s also great for painting. This piece I did earlier this year was done entirely in Clip Studio. It also has a wide array of tools for manga drawing including halftones and pattern brushes. And it’s only $50. It’s a great investment for aspiring artists. ANYWAY I’LL STOP ADVERTISING MY FAV PROGRAM.

I like to use paint brush tools for my initial sketches bc they flow nicely and the variety of width is easier to control. My initial sketches always look like blobs lol. I would post a pic of my process but I have a bad habit of deleting sketch layers after I’m done with them :/ I also have a REALLY BAD HABIT of not using any references. I really need to get better about that bc I know I could be so much better with anatomy if I actually used the 100s of refs I save into a useless folder on my desktop. I usually do 3-4 sketches before putting down the final lines. An exception would be this: 

 (that was all one layer sketch save for the phone convo lol)

I have different techniques for different types of pieces. When I draw, I always do the lines first, color, and shadows last. When I paint, it’s the reverse, shadows, color, lines lol. Clean lines are harder for me, but I really try haha. I use a 9pt-16pt pen tool for that. Actually, my anime/cartoon style is heavily inspired by one of my fav artists and good friend snickerdoots. She’s been a huge source of inspiration for me for quite a few years. Her lines are such the art goals lol. Go check out her stuff!!

anonymous asked:

Hello dear Nipuni! First of all, Happy New Year! (both 2017 and also the upcoming Chinese one in a few days xD). I was wondering if... you could tell me who you color the lineart, I mean, how you do color the line >///< Call me silly, I've tried a lot of things and when I paint, it always ends up changing the line color :S I've even watched Matt Rhodes painting and couldn't figure out how he did it. Could you please help me? Sorry if I disturb you! U_U" I really love how color clean your art is!

Hello! Happy new year to you too!! It depends on the software you are using, make sure your lines are in a separate layer, then lock the transparency of said layer and paint over them, the color should only affect the lines this way (or whatever you have in that layer). In photoshop it is this button

and in SAI it is here

It will allow you to do this

I would show you more programs but I only have these two, I hope it helps!

anonymous asked:

How do you make your lines so clean?

a  lot of it it practice.
but uhh there’s a few tricks that can make it a bit easier.

these all apply to SAI btw. idk how photoshop or other programs work so..

1) have your stabilizer hella up. i have mine at 15 cause my hands are kinda shaky.

2) i recommend getting a tablet glove or if you’re a cheap ass like me, get a hoodie and cut a thumb hole into it. it helps your hand glide over your tablet so there’s no drag.

3) practice. just get use to your program and find a pen that works for you. i change pens constantly to which feels better. anything that glides nice.

4) quick movements

hopefully this will help some??
idk… its just a lot of doing what works for you and helps you, sense everyone’s different. ;-;

Wow, Isa how do you scan stuff so it looks good?

Gather around kiddies, for I will share my secrets.

I draw and ink pretty much 100% by hand. I color in Photoshop but ink everything with either a brush or the tradio stylo TRJ50 and Sakura pens (although to be honest, i’m loving the tradio so much my brushes are accumulating dust!)

And here are the steps to scan stuff :

First : make sure you have a decent scanner. Some scanners are legit shitty. I got lucky with mine : it's inexpensive, small and good. It’s the Canon Scan Lide 210. Keep the glass clean as much as you can. Don’t store heavy stuff on top of it you will bend the glass.

Second : When you are scanning your works, the quality of the paper does matter, since depending on the scanner they will be scanning all the little creases in the paper. For sketchbooks, may I recommend the mnemosyne ink books you can buy on sites like Jetpens? Pencil and ink smoothed in to the paper like a dream. For my comic pages, I just use Bristol (smooth quality) paper. For sketches, the thicker type of printer paper.

Third : Be sure to scan in a large resolution. 300 dpi is the minimum. If you are posting the drawing to the web, you can reduce the quality by saving a second smaller version. It’s easier to make less with more then more with less.

Fourth : Don’t neglect the cleanup! I always cleanup my stuff in Photoshop so that it looks clear. Here is the stuff you can do in Photoshop :

Cleaning up a color pencil sketch : Images > Adjustment > Black and white. Play with the corresponding colors until your lines are a neutral and dark gray. Then go to Image > Adjustment > levels and fix the contrast. If you want the color to stay, just go directly to “Levels” but go in the corresponding color channel as well.

Cleaning up a gray pencil sketch : Go directly to levels. 

Cleaning up an inked drawing (with a color col-erase base) : Images > Adjustment > Black and white. Play with the corresponding colors of the col-erase pencil until the are a light gray. Then go in levels to adjust the dark inked lines.

Be sure to zoom in and fix a few lines with the black and white brush. Remove blemishes that might have gotten scanned when dust, dandruff, or anything else fell on the scanner’s glass. You can also clean inkblots!

anonymous asked:

What program do you use for your art? Do you use any special brushes? Your art is so pretty.

Thank you so much! I actually use two programs to make art. I scan in my drawings and clean them up in Photoshop Elements 12, but the line art and coloring I do in Manga Studio 5.

As for brushes, I’ve downloaded a lot of different ones to use in Manga Studio, and I tend to just figure out which ones I like by trial and error. For the cleaner looking drawings, I draw the line art on a new layer over the scanned in drawing with a smooth brush, delete the original drawing when that’s done, lay down flats under the line art using an inking brush, then use any other brushes I need to get the look of certain textures or to add details (plus the airbrush for some shading):

I almost always throw a paper texture over the final drawing, even if I keep it faint.

For the rougher looking drawings I actually just set the original scanned drawing to multiply, and go over the lines a bit with a rough pencil brush before adding color beneath those layers:

I’ve recently started playing with a different style I really like. I very messily lay down colors and some shading beneath the original drawing (set to multiply), then start painting over everything with various rough brushes:

I think my style can be inconsistent because I’m experimenting a lot, but often it’s a just a matter of deciding how I want the finished drawing to look before I even get started. If I don’t have a fairly clear image of what I want going in, then I sometimes end up scrapping a drawing or starting over.

Which is fine, it’s a learning process! 

Ok I’ve decided to put this step by step making of Dan and Phil’s bath drawing. Every photo before the actual last two steps is fugly as hell because I took them with my phone! Yay good idea…everything is still visible though.  

First I draw a sketch - oh shi- they look like aliens I’m so sorry so sorry - also look! Bones! Auto-mails! I often draw skeletons before drawing the actual figures to help myself with proportions.

Second step: I clean the figures a bit and colour the water, or else I’d get confused because so many lines

Third step: now that I have the general idea of what the heck I’m doing I’ve decided to kill the plastic duck - sorry duck nothing personal - and I draw Dan’s face with more details.
Time spent: 10 mins, more or less

Ok now it’s time to do Phil.
Or maybe not!
I swear to God, Phil, I love you so much but your face just don’t matches my hands soz
Also I clean all the lines of the body and make them smooth and neat.
Time spent: 1 hour and a half, more or less.
I’m still not satisfied with Phil obvs

Now thanks to the beautiful instrument that is Photoshop, I can use a super-mini brush and a super-mega zoom and fix Phil’s face which has such delicate features that my pencil always feels overwhelmed.
Also I re-draw all the lineart using a simple brush and add shadows.

Finally we come to the final part before adding the balloons, which is the *50 shades of Dan and Phil*, equal to “I don’t have the slightest idea about the colour I should make this thing”.
Since we’re in a bath I use all my creativity and choose… cyan.
*clapityclap* Ele, you’re such an artist.

Aaaaaaand it’s done! You can see the final pic here

anonymous asked:

Your art is so clean and beautiful... Do you have any tutorials for that ? Have a nice day.

aaah thank you anon!! i think the clean look is mostly bc of lineart, so here’s my process+explanation

  • the program i use is paint tool sai; my stabiliser is set to 15
  • i make lineart straight on the sketch layer by erasing and redrawing in areas; i have thicker lines and erase them to the right shape and thinness
  • so usually one line is the result of multiple strokes+erasing
  • ALSO i draw on a4 300dpi size canvas, so when you’re done and resize it to 540px width it’ll look really nice and sharp (esp if you resize it in sai. resizing in photoshop makes it look kind of weird)
  • with colours just make sure u don’t colour outside the lines!! use manual colouring alongside the magic wand
  • i hope that makes sense?? basically i erase a lot and RESIZE

mylittlechimera  asked:

I wanted to say that I absolutely love your art style! It's so full of life and I find it very inspiring. Also I wanted to ask is you art mostly traditional? Some of your pieces look like mixed media, but I'm not completely sure, maybe I get that impression bc your lines are so clean. How does your process usually look like?

this doesnt’ answer about my process (or maybe..yes *blinks) but I can tell you that ALL my stuff is mixed media, I can’t use tablet for drawing, mostly edited with photoshop. I’m thinking to make some yt videos tho, or livestreaming in future :> 

gilbo-und-luddy  asked:

Hey there! I noticed you use manga studio for your Norway + Iceland redraw and I was wondering what brushes you use to sketch/ink/colour with cos it looks really good so far! I also use manga studio but I find it hard to get nice, clean lines. Thanks, and keep up the good work :) Your art is très cool.

Yup! I do love that program a lot :,)
anyway, sure thing. I’ll show you.

When it comes to sketching and doing the lineart, I pretty much use the same brush for both. It’s a mix of laziness and that I love that brush since it works fine to that. The only thing that I can do different when using the lighter pencil, is that I lower the brush density when I do the quick sketch.

and of course, when I lineart, i have the sketch under it :)
then I pray for that I don’t mess up when I’m trying to do the lineart ;)!

If you find it hard with making a clean and straight line, like I do. Then it is a big help having the stabilizing up to 100. It helps me having more control when I draw :)

But with coloring, I use mostly these three brushes. But when I’m doing the more detailed or effect like thing, I often switch over to use Adobe photoshop. Where I can use some custom made brushes, that I have.

The watercolor brush is my all time favorite, and the main brush that I use when coloring a drawing. Along with it, it gives such a nice effect when I’m coloring the hair, I think.

So, I hope this helped out! and thank you so very much dear  !


(the linearts are on their original sizes in these images, open picture in a new tab for 100% view)

1. I’ve done my recent drawings with this method: did a quick sketch to outline the propotions > more detailed sketch on a new layer > clean it if necessary, sharpen the lines with the sharpness adjustment thing you can find from filters (photoshop).

2. Same as in the second, quick stick-figure (not shown, because the drawing is three years old and I don’t have the original .psd file anymore) > for lineart I use Eraser X’s triangle shaped brush or Kyle T Webster’s “KYLE Ultimate Inking Thick n’ Thin”.

I don’t know how to use vector, but I would love to know. It would probably make it easier to do some long lines. I draw quick strokes, and I have a small tablet (drawing area is 8 inches wide [21,5cm], 5 inches tall [12,5cm]) and one average sized monitor, and I have to zoom a lot to keep the line smooth.

I try to keep lines solid and united for easy & fast coloring and editing.

And thank you for your warm feedback on my lineart, it means a lot to me..!

anonymous asked:

Hello!! I was just wondering how you set up your comic page layout in manga studio? I'm a little lost with it!! Do you layout the page in manga studio and then move to photoshop to draw/colour? And how does the transition back and forth work for you?? :)

I set up my pages in Manga Studio using the Rectangle Frame tool.

Because Manga Studio is so customizable, the Rectangle Frame tool might be in a different spot on your toolbox, or in a Sub Tool tab under another tool.

You can set up rulers and guides to make sure your panel area is in just the right spot and then drag out a rectangle.

Manga Studio will then create a folder for you to draw all the panel content in.

I’d recommend saving this as a Manga Studio file called “page template” or something so you can load it up whenever you need it.

From here I use the Frame Border tool to add in some panels (again, depending on your layout, you may need to do some poking around in the toolbox to find this one). Depending on your settings, it may create a new folder for each panel - I have it set to make just one folder.

I usually do everything from the sketch, to the inks, to the flats and painting the backgrounds in Manga Studio.

Really, if Manga Studio suddenly had a History Brush and more complex color adjustments, I would never go back to Photoshop for comics. It’s great for flatting once you get the hang of using Draft and Reference layers. It has settings to expand colors you set down using the Fill Bucket so that there are no empty spaces under the lines. You don’t even need to have obsessively clean lines like I do if you fiddle with the settings just right XD.

Once all that’s done, I export from Manga Studio’s default file format to Photoshop’s PSD format in order to make my final adjustments and shade the characters, and most everything carries over nicely. It even makes a nice layer group with a mask to match your frames.

Unfortunately, any text you’ve made in Manga Studio will be rasterized, so you’ll need to retype it if you want to edit it again. The same goes for text when importing PSDs to Manga Studio. That’s really the only trouble I’ve had when working between the two programs.

Also, another thing to note is that Manga Studio Draft/Reference layers will be ignored when exporting to PSD, so make sure to turn those back into regular layers if you want to keep them during export.

I hope this answers your question! :D