Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Review: Separating Line work/Textures for coloring

So, some of you were still confused about how to do this, so I thought I'd post this to help: Separating line work (like we did in the first assignment, also applies to making textures you can color))

Make sure your drawing is in Grayscale. Image > Mode > Grayscale

You can make the black and white more crisp by going into Image > Adjustments > Levels.

Once you have that worked out, Go into Channels (if it's not on your screen, go up to Window > Channels) and click the dotted circle on the bottom. When you hover your mouse over it, it says "Load Channel as Selection"

Then go up to Select > Inverse.

Go back to your Layers window, and make a new layer. (make sure you're making a new layer and not a new channel)

Make sure you are in your new layer, have Black as your color, and then Edit > Fill

You can then Select > Deselect.

You can now change your image to color! Image > Mode > RGB

To lock the layer so you can color the lines, click the CHECKERED SQUARE in the "Lock" row near the top in your Layers window. A lock will show up on the right of the layer. (NOTE: there is an actual "lock" icon in the Lock row in the Layers window, but that does not do the same thing!)

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