► Extracting linearts from scans - Ricavare lineart da disegni scansionati (sub ENG)

Uploaded by DigitalMakeup on 25.01.2012

Subtitles by Ovidius (TheUnchaineMind)

*Meo* !
Hi !
I'm trying to keep my voice at a level where the mic picks it up fine but now the neighbors.
I have many things I could talk about but I tend not to rant too much and focus on the important things in life,
like Photoshop !
So, besides the fact that I have cleaned my monitor and feel confused since I was basically using its smudges
as reference points for my drawings, I'll only add one more thing.
I've met a girl called Fantasvale on Youtube who makes illustrations but never tried to do it digitally.
She basically got hooked on my videos but of course, me being me, I'm exaggerating a bit.
So, after receiving the green light from my facebook followers, I decided to do a series on drawing with PS. . .
. . .which is actually my area of experties.
I've also found out that I can do videos longer than 15 minutes which will probably help me relax a bit more.
I had decided to make a single video but that would end up being too long so I'll split it up into 2 pieces, I guess.
This can be considered the basis.
Now, if you only have a mouse and no graphics tablet it's going to be a real pain to draw in Photoshop,
but coloring can be done quite easily as long as you scan your drawings beforehand.
It is very doable, so I wanted to show you the procedure.
It helps that lately I've been drawing a lot of food for a recipe book.
These are all scans of my drawings and I wanted to show how I went about coloring them.
Let's pick one at random . . . there.
A whole lot of food, some of it recognizable and some of it not so much.
I actually drew this with a green "tratto Pen" because I had already used up two black ones on the project.
What you can do is color on a transparent layer on top and then fuse them together with the Multiply filter,
which will preserve the underlying drawing.
For example, let's create a new layer, grab the brush and select a random color.
Roughly brush over the area of interest and then select Multiply from the fusion mode drop down menu.
This way we have both the color and the underlying drawing.
This can however be a bit of a pain so it is preferable to have just the draw marks on a transparent layer. . .
. . .so as to allow adding layers above and beneath it.
And this is how I do it.
I can delete these two layers and keep the original.
Let's create a new layer and rename it "lines", which is where we'll have our lines on a transparent background.
Then zoom in, either by using the magnifying glass from the side bar or your tablet.
Zoom to 100% in order to see the marks clearly.
I was about to say that the girl I talked to, who lives in my same area, told me she had thought I was from Veneto.
Is it that noticeable ? Is my accent that strong ?
Anyways, once zoomed in go to Select / Color Range which will bring up this nice little window.
Leave "Sampled Colors" selected and the mouse cursor will become a color picker.
Move the color picker over the draw lines and then use the slider to change the intensity of the selection,
which will show in white on the black rectangle beneath.
Since green, for example, has many shades, we want to select all of them.
In order to add more colors to the selection we can use the color picker with the plus (+) besides it.
Just click on multiple points with different shades along the lines and then change the intensity. . .
. . .until the white lines are as clear as possible while maintaining a black background.
Hit "Ok" and as you can see all of the lines have been selected.
Some of the white background may also have been selected but that can be taken care of afterwords.
Now let's pick the "color" black . . .*phone rings*. . ., but you can use others as well.
I was waiting for a friend actually so I'll go open the door for him as soon as I'm done here, lol.
Select the "Paint Bucket" and fill in the selection.
Afterwards click on the selection icon and then on a free part of the canvas to deselect everything.
Now, if we make the original layer invisible we can see that the lines are on an invisible (checkered) background.
In order to check for imperfections create another layer and move it underneath the one containing the lines.
Using a white "Paint Bucket", fill the canvas and check that the white is indeed white.
Then go back to the line layer and choose Select / Color Range.
Click on the white and move the slider until the background is well selected.
If during the previous step some of the white background was selected by mistake, then it will appear grey now.
In this case I was awesome and managed to do it right, but if you do have this problem. . .
. . .all you need to do is select the white background with the color picker and go to Edit / Cut.
This way you're sure to delete all of the background and leave behind the black lines exclusively.
Once this has been done all that is left is to add layers and color without worrying about overlapping.
A nice burgundy turkey.
So this has been the first part, on how to extract the lines from drawing scans.
In the next part I'll show how I've gone about the actual coloring. Let me open one of them to give you a peek.
I've gone for this watercolor effect which is pretty nice and really easy to do even with a mouse.
I love the fact that it's very imprecise and has this hand-made look to it, also thanks to some added texture.
This concludes tonight's video and. . .it's about time I go open the door for my poor friend downstairs, lol !
Bye girls :)