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Cleaning up lines tutorial by joulee Cleaning up lines tutorial by joulee
Edit: Part II (digital inking) now available!: [link]
Also, eyes tutorial: [link]



Starring Cloud from Advent Children! =D (see... told you I was in a bizarre ffvii mood)

Yes, I know that sometimes sketches are Never So Clean as they are in this case... I'll talk about digital inking sometime in the near future in another tutorial. But this is for those who sketch cleanly or who go back and clean up their pencil sketch by erasing and redrawing the lines. =)

Feedback appreciated! (was it clear? more/less detail? What other stuff would you like to see?)

Other tutorials which may or may not be of interest:

Skin and eyes in photoshop [link]
Clothing and lace [link]
Hair in Photoshop [link]
Hair in Painter [link]
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:iconrefa23:
refa23 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
Bery love😀😉
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Lorna-RoseFoX Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
still helps tons I just removed it to reorder my folder for tutorials
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Slynia Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I bloody love you!!! Gonna spend my class hour cleaning lines on some of my sketches, THANKS SO MUCH you're the BEST!
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SoulofPandora Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
hi sorry im new to deviantart and here all i can see is a image of a blond boy sitting, what do i have to do to read the tutorial?
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Chateau-de-Rayon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Can you please tell me where the video is? I can't find it :(
Thank you so much.
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RippedMoon Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
click download
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elmsleyrose Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
Thankyou. I do historical (16th/17thC) embroidery and a lot of design work based on those designs. Lots of ornate tracing! I've been wanting to know how to 'clean my tracings' in Photoshop. Perfect!
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Noortjegiggle Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I.. Love.. Yu.. <3 o_O
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Ambrelette Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Student
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Ambrelette Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Student
ignore this XD
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Phoenixchi Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU a thousand times for being the person who made extracting lines from the grey bg so much easier for me! x_x I cannot say how many times I want to thank you..
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XG-AwEsOmE Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My sketches are the dirtiest ever. Hopefully, this'll help me freshen things up with Photoshop.
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CreativeAnimalsRwar Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Um can I be an idiot and ask how do you open it >.<
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Swaychoff Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You download the file.
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CreativeAnimalsRwar Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
hahah thanks :D
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KagonaX Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
This is awesome, its helped me loads., Thanks so much for making it. <3
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pally-den Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Student General Artist
Cool
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AIRanimechiic Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Student General Artist
oh i have a question- um how come i can't see the tutorial anymore? all i see is the thumbnail... >.>
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Cujjo Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Click download ^^ (Just underneath the +fav option)
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Ri0lu333 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
Thank you so much for the tutorial! It gave me great help! X3
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bluedragon155 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
thank you!
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Tokyo-Trends Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
I'm totally using this and doing a Steampunk pic of myself!!
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S-u-b Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
AHHH THANKYOU! i have wanted to know how to do this for AGES! thanksss!
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pielover-777 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Hobbyist
Very helpful.:meow:
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mmusic4ever Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
cool
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AIRanimechiic Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Student General Artist
I just have to thank you so much for this; my stuff have improved vastly in less than one week after following this tutorial. i owe it all, especially since its managed to help me figure out how to do this on a program thats not photoshop xD
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RenegadeHeated Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
oooh I see, so this is how some people do there art! Without line art it makes it look as though you colored it urself and then just took a copy onto the web :P
I love this way too. I'll see if It can work 4 me, thank you.
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Sikari888 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the info. ^^
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marik-devil Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing tutorial =)
thnx
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dragnarr Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
nice!
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Kcirtap17 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010   Traditional Artist
awsome can I use this
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Gaurdian-of-Dreamers Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Student General Artist
SO AWSUM!! Thanks so much:D
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NeoNinja125 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm gonna use this :)
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Blaze44 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
This was so helpful~ :meow:
Thanks, this will make drawing so much easier.
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MangaFreak007 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Student General Artist
helpful!!
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puedohablarespanol Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
really helpful, thanks
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zuzi-chan Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
AMAZING!!!:iconsadnessplz:I'll never get this right...it just seems so complicated!:D
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Yukihana-chan013 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
in the step were you start coloring the face, there is some skin color on the hair, what do i do so when i color my drawing and the skin color get on the hair, the mistakes will not be visible?
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Locoyogui Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
nice, short and clear
:XD:
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Yukihana-chan013 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that was SUPER helpful!! i always thought that i had to make a lineart outta my drawings to paint better!! not it's much easier thank u!! although i do still have to make my sketches a little darker...
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Poprocks311 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS HELPED ME SO MUCH THANK YOU!!!!
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macucoste969 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
thanks
totally a life saver :)
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macucoste969 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
thxs there were a lot of stuff i didnt know :D
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ltxg13 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I love Cloud><
and recently I'm learning how to coloring
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minredd Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
This makes me feel a little more comfortable using traditional lines ^^ Thanks!
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LarryBundyJr Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
Your tutorials are indeed most awesomeness :D
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JemmaDove Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010   Digital Artist
This was great! Adding the tan background really pumps up the color and gives it a lovely warm effect. I tried it and lovvveed it!
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Ragnorex-Ferithrer Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Student General Artist
thanks so much, now i don't have to use an eraser to clean out the pencil smudges :XD:
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pyrokinetic666 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
Thank you SO much for this tutorial.

This is the only one that's actually made sense and genuinely been really, really helpful, thank you thank you thank you!
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GuardianKitsune Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
I've had so much trouble with this sort of thing and this tutorial is going to be of so much help for me! Thank you! :huggle: :icondragonglomp:
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