How to Color Inked Line Art in Photoshop
In this Photoshop tutorial, I’m going give you a general overview of how I digitally color an illustration. We’ll go over scanning, cleaning, flatting, coloring, rendering, and texturing techniques. There’s just as many ways to coloring a drawing digitally as there is to painting a picture. This tutorial won’t focus on any specific way to blend or choose colors; we’ll assume you have knowledge of the basics. Preview Click the image below to see it in full size. Step 1: Scanning Your Inks In this tutorial, I’m going to use my own illustration. Make sure you are scanning in black and white. Step 2: Isolating the Line Art Now that we have our image scanned, open it in Adobe Photoshop. Press Ctrl/Cmd + Alt/Option + 2 (for Photoshop CS4 and up) or Ctrl/Cmd + Alt/Option + ~ (for Photoshop CS3 and below). Tip: I encourage you to know and use Photoshop shortcut keys; it saves a lot of time. Then press Delete to remove the selected white areas, leaving us with just the line art on this layer.
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