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08 August 2005, 09:16 AM
Hey I am fairly new to digital art, I have always done my lining and coloring in Flash, but I'm sure its better to color/paint in photoshop, can someone explain or give me some links to help me out on learning how to color my line art better.

08 August 2005, 08:29 PM
For coloring black-and-white line art, I think the best way to do it is in channels. I learned how to do it in Photoshop CS, but I imagine it's largely the same in Photoshop 7. I'll try to explain as best I can:

First, clean up your line art. You might use a different program to do this, but I just make adjustments using Levels and Threshold in Image > Adjustments.

Next, convert the image to CMYK color. Go to the channels palette and select the C, M, and Y channels by holding Shift and clicking on each one. Delete the contents of these channels. Now you have three clear channels and your line art in the black channel. (You may want to adjust your line art further at this point, to make sure it's dark black.)

Next, select the C, M, and Y channels again. You will color in these three channels simultaneously, leaving the black channel deselected. It's important that you remember to choose colors that contain no black (the K value is at 0%). Otherwise your colors will look different when printed.

Color using whichever method you prefer (e.g., making selections and applying fills, using brushes with a tablet, etc.). Remember to use no black; to darken a color for shading, mix it with blue or purple, or set your fill to Multiply. To simulate opacity adjustments (as you aren't working with layers in this method) use the Fade Fill command by pressing Shift+Ctrl+F after applying a fill.

After you're done coloring, you'll have to superblack your linework so that none of the other colors shows through. To do this, create a color that's 80% Cyan, 40% Magenta, 20% Yellow, and 0% black. Select the black channel and make a selection of your line art. Then go to Select > Modify > Expand and expand the selection by 1 pixel (to give a little cushion for the printer). Next, select the C, M, and Y channels again, and fill the selection you just made with the color you created a moment ago.

I hope I haven't left anything out. This is the method I use for coloring comics, and it works quite well for me. Let me know if you haven't understood something.

08 August 2005, 08:43 PM
I've always relied on layers and curves to add and adjust my colors.
If you go to layer options you can make opaque colors translucent with settings such as "Multiple" or "Color".

In any case, here are two coloring tutorials you might also find useful. The first is the best in my opinion and it specifically references PS7. I'm not sure what version is being used in the second one:

08 August 2005, 10:50 PM
Hey thanks guys i really appreciate that, and ill let you know if im having trouble.

08 August 2005, 02:49 AM
This site ( has some good tutorials for coloring in Photoshop, among other good tutorials. The method he talks about is a little more complicated than what I posted, but it works. Although, the method I talked about is how professional comic book colorists do it (or at least a lot of them).

08 August 2005, 05:27 AM
Hey well this is a quick line art of one of my characters, can someone do like a quick color job on it so i can see what im in for, if it's alot of work nevermind then, I just kinda wanna see what photoshop can do compared to what I do in flash. I'm sure photoshop is way better and easier possibly?

Heres my line art guy.

Heres one I drew and colored in flash.

Alright i kinda quickly followed the polykarbon tutorial, but i dont think it turned out too well, ha.

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