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Cleaning up lines tutorial II by joulee Cleaning up lines tutorial II by joulee
Edit: Eyes tutorial, featuring this same character, is up: [link]

A sister tutorial to the last Cleaning up Lines Tutorial [link] I really appreciated the feedback that I got, so thank all of you, and I'm glad it was helpful to some. =)

A lot of people mentioned that it's hard for them to sketch cleanly, so the last tutorial didn't really apply. I have the same problem, and it takes a looooot of extra work on paper (erase, erase, draw, erase) to get pencil lines clean enough to start coloring off of. So.... that's why I often turn to Digital Inking!

Here are some of the ways that I do Digital Inking. I know the "trace directly over the original image" is probably the most common method, but it's hard to do without a tablet and also hard for people with unsteady hands, so that's why I talked a bit about other methods.

As usual, comments/feedback appreciated so I can incorporate them into future projects. Thanks and :heart: to all of you!
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Alcoholication Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
What am I doing
how do I use this

It's just a picture what am I missing
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Chirako Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Click on download ^^
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Alcoholication Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
OH

OH YOU SNEAKY FUCK
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LoveWillRememberr Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Thank you so much for this useful tutorial i really like it !
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Siocain Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you really much for this tutorial! I have lots of sketches, but never knew how to make the lines look good, cause I'm drawing really messy lines...
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flobear777 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist
this is going to sound really bad... i have a newer version of photoshop, and can't seem to even FIND the pen tool, let alone use it. any advice?
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flobear777 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist
nvm, sorry. i figured out that my version of photoshop doesn't COME with pen tool. :iconfacepalmplz: sorry to bother you, and this is great. what version of photoshop do you have?
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ChibiZilla Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You prolly have photoshop elements. I use to have elements and it's like a watered down version of photoshop; it lacks a bunch of stuff including the pentool.
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flobear777 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist
gah great, you're right and I've heard that about elements. gah. do you know what kind I should get by chance?? Sorry to bug you!
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ChibiZilla Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
No worries, I'm happy to help. If you want the pen tool then you need to obtain a copy of any CS photoshop. I have CS6. I suggest looking on youtube if you are feeling...nonpayful, if you catch my drift >.>
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flobear777 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist
thank you so much! :) that was very helpful!
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FrostByte2 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
question: uhmm what resolution and canvas size do you usually work on in order to avoid pixelated lines? Please hellppppppp :D
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simplyskecha Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
This was helpful. Thank You plenty!!!
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reynoldsaram Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Thank you!! <3
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EvangiDaga Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for both of them, their great and very useful, I always have problem with inking, I like to ink by hand because digitally its a pain. My problem is that after i ink, i try to erase the rest of the pencil marks and the ink end up getting ligher from the eraser. :\ I even wait til its done drying and it still does that. Its frustrating. Im gonna try what you've shown me and hopefully I might get a better result.
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MaximusNLS Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Well, Noob question, but how do you view the tutorial? lol
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MaximusNLS Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
sorry, someone asked below, nevermind
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dorangonyoukaikasumi Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial!! =D
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xrecherche Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Lovely<3 could you do a tutorial on adding the colour though?
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Siyaka24 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do i get to the tutorial
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Idrill-tales Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
Thanks! It's really useful:D
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PearlSapphireBlueELF Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
thank you! its so hard to find a line tutorial for mouse-artists!
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AtomicIceCream Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How do I get it too work? All I see is a pic of a girl:I
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crazyfangirl38 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Student
You click the 'download image' beside~ :3
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AtomicIceCream Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :D
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crazyfangirl38 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Student
You're welcome >W<
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FresiaX Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
if you use portable SAI (the free version of Paint tool SAI [link] ) it's a thing called smoothing that makes your line go slower and you get lots of time to decide where it's gonna go, it sadly only works with a tablet but it's the best thing ever happened to me (i have a very shaky hand) and it's really easy c: it's different numbers, like 1 - 15 is to make your line less shaky, and S-1 to S-7 makes it go slower. super easy and it does not take as long time as with vectors c: the program also has a vector layer with the same features as flash and you can make curved lines (not the same way as photoshop) there too ^^ a really good program to make lineart and color in c:
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CoveredInFrost Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Another awesome tutorial. Thank you very much for taking the time to teach others how to make their drawing skills (on the computer) better. ^ ^
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yes-i-eat-souls2792 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
This was very helpful!!! You're awesome :) and your art work is very good too!
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Jexyss Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
The method makes it come out nice...but MAN is it time consuming >.@
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Lindy-chan Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
how do u use these tutorials lol? o3o;
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swiftly-burning-ice Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist
Thanks for the tutorial! I was looking everywhere to find one that helped me use the tablet and pen tool. ^^
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kinseka Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What version on photoshop do you use?
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huneynutstreet Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
how do I see the tutorial?
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defudefu Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you need to download the image, to see the tutorial. :)
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MysticalTemptress Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice, this will help me out greatly
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Nagem1891 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I only got Painter, and I cannot use the pen tool for the life of me in it >< So I just use either the pen brush or a colored pencil brush
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laughingvulcan Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
joulee, the bit about the paths in Photoshop helps quite a bit.

I usually wind up 'inking' my art in Macromedia Freehand MX (Like Illustrator), because 'inking' in PS is just aggravating and tedious.

Thanks!

Greg
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mitoki-hime Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Xd thankyou very much this was so helpful^6 do you think the same will apply for photoshop elements 7?
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iPeony Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankyou so much- I never knew how to use the pen tool in photoshop & now that I do I don't know how I ever lived without it...thankyou!!
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DarkMidna Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
oh thanks!!!!
this really helped me!
nice job
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coralinejones1210 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
My pen tool won't work T.T
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Heltion Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed your tutorials thank you. I also use Flash for line art.
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Paradoxigent Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Student General Artist
This seems really helpful, but I'm guessing this doesn't work on GIMP, right?
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Mizumi-chan4 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
I've tried this method on gimp, but the stroke path tool isn't really working with me, I tried emulate brush strokes, but it doesn't look anything like in the tutorial :(
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Paradoxigent Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Student General Artist
I tried the ink tool with simulated pressure. It's the best I can get. Maybe you should try that out once.
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Kiko-x Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
Thank you so much! This tutorial helped me so much! :aww:
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VaNAsHtEaR Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice!!

i used to line point to point in flash then use the selection tool, for the right curve.

x.x know i use mouse insetead and paintbrush in flash.
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Aenia Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
Wow, it's the first time I can actually work with paths xD, thank you very much n.n
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Mizumi-chan4 Featured By Owner May 1, 2010
This tutorial is amazing! I' so excited about finding an excellent artist who has the same problem with inking that I do. My hands are so shaky it drives me crazy lol anyway thanks so much!
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