Pen and paper
I felt I needed
to add this section since I know quite a few people who would much
rather sketch and ink manually without using the digital tablet...I
still do it from time to time infact. The same principles still
applies for both.... Unfortunately, you can't really use this method
if you plan on coloring the sketch with real media (such as markers
or watercolors), but it is useful if you want to display it for
the initial sketch, it's basically the same for both methods; just
try to get the basic proportions correct and don't worry about how
messy it is. For the second sketch, instead of creating a new layer
in Photoshop, simply redraw the sketch on a separate piece of paper,
trying to be more precise. You'd be surprised by this simple act
how much the second sketch looks better than the first.
is used for the next step. Scan the second sketch in Photoshop so
you can rescale it to the largest possible size you can possibly
fit onto a piece of paper. (Remember that the larger the outline
is, the better it looks when its finished and smaller). An easy
way to do this is File> Print with Preview> Check "Scale
to Fit Media." Adjust the colors of the sketch to a light
sky blue, and print it out for inking. I like to use Sakura Micron
pens, ranging in size from .005-.3. Carefully ink over the blue
sketch, trying to be as precise as possible, although if you mess
up, you can always correct it in Photoshop.
|So how to get
rid of the blue? First scan it into Photoshop. Make sure the picture
is in RGB mode (Image> Mode> RGB Mode), and then go to
the Channels box. In Photoshop, the Channel box is in the bottom right
corner (default mode). If it's not there go to (Windows> Channel).
Notice that there are for different layers: RGB, Red, Green, and Blue.
Delete the Red layer by dragging it to the trash can at the bottom
of the Channels box.
|You will notice
that the layer colors have now changed, leaving only the colors Magenta
and Yellow. Delete the Magenta layer.
|The blue underneath
the outline is now mysteriously gone, leaving a clean, inked outline
since is required no erasing. If there a is faint gray sketch still
visible, it's easy to get rid of by adusting the brightness and contrast:
(Image> Adjustments> Brightness/Contrast).
Finally, go to Image>
Mode> Grayscale to delete the blue layer permanently, then go back
to RGB mode if you want to add color :3
This tutorial is
also very handy if you want to get rid of notebook paper lines ^_^