This is mainly for those who sketch on traditional media then digitally ink.
I am always experimenting with art techniques. I'm close to refining my own method to convert pencil lines directly into ink lines without having to go over every line. Either digitally or by hand it's kind of a pain
Here is roughly what I did. (not including the pencil drawing, this should take you a couple of minutes at most... maybe not the first time though LOL)
1) I made a lose and quick pencil drawing.
2) Using only pencil I pressed hard to darken the lines I liked and erased the best I could but never concerned myself with super clean lines.
3) In Adobe Photoshop CS5.5 in a new layer I used the color picker and selected all the white of the paper, inverted the selection and then used stroke (Windows shortcut; Alt then hit E then S - Mac users Command instead of Alt). Stroke set to around 5 pixels.
------------ for step 3, alternatively if the lines are too messy--------------------
--- a) turn the layer monochrome (Ctrl +Shift + U)
--- b) duplicate the layer and invert that layer.
--- c) take the inverted layer and set the layer mode to "color dodge"
--- d) still on that same layer go to "filters" then "gaussian blur" and set the blur intensity to 5. I found 5 works best but do play around with this.
--- e) Now set a new layer and use the color picker and selecte all the white areas (negative space), inverte the selection and then used stroke (Windows shortcut; Alt then hit E then S - Mac users Command instead of Alt). Stroke set to around 5 px. and you should have near perfect line art.
4) Save only the new stroke layer as a transparent PNG and reduce the resolution to around 100 to 150 pixels and size to around 10 inches square.
5) Open this image in Adobe Illustrator and use "Auto Trace." I found that "simple trace" works best but there are other settings to play around with. I also raised the "threshold" to around 238.
Also note that for steps "a" through "e," you can set Photoshop to do a "record actions" which will record the steps you want done so you can turn the whole process into a single hotkey. You can read more here help.adobe.com/en_US/photoshop…
And this works better with cleaner lines. They don't have to be super neat but yes clearer the pencil lines the better.
Again I am not considering this a tutorial yet. I want to refine the process more and then I will see about either making a video and/or more proper tutorial for DA
yeah I know I did her shoulder a little wobbly and her smile could use more work
I just made it early in the morning really quickly before I got out of bed xD.
she is my OC.