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23 December 2006 @ 01:20 am
FMA Christmas Pic - Edward  
Title: X-Mas Edward
Rating: G
Note: See! I can do a half decent picture when I put a tad of effort into it (Don't get used to it though - I'm lazy.)

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sakofacedecember_zephyr on December 23rd, 2006 10:34 pm (UTC)
Uwahh, Edo! :D Ed looks so cute with his smile and his pile o' presents! *nods* I like the way you color. (.__. And your clean lineart makes me jealous.) It's an excellent FMA Christmas pic. ^_^
baby_kitty_toesbaby_kitty_toes on December 23rd, 2006 10:50 pm (UTC)
Glad you like! This is the first time i did cute Ed instead of sluty-- er, i mean sexy Ed.

clean line art? ha! it's a rough pencil sketch.

you want to know the trick to getting a good outline though? Scan your drawing into photoshop. go to image - adjustments - brightness/contrast. (maybe be slightly different depending on the version of photoshop you have.) this should bring a a small window with 2 tabs you can slide left or right. move the brightness tab to the right until you you get rid of almost all the light pencil lines you don't want - this will fade you outline to a gray tone. next move the contrast tab to the right until the -now gray- outlines begin darkens.

Once that is done, double click on the layer that says 'background' and click ok.

now click on the magicwand (on the tool bar it's in the second row, second one down.) after you click that button, you should see some options near the top of teh screen. put tolerance around 50. make sure that for the time being there's only a check mark nest to anti-aliased (this will allow you to select all teh white at once instead of haveing to select each sperate piece.)

now, click on the white area with the magicwand and you'll see that it selects everything but the black outline. press delete on your keyboard.

create new layer below the layer with the outline. use the paint bucket (2 row, 6 down)and fill in that layer white.

That should give you a nice crips outline tou work with.

Another tip - put all your coloring on seperate layers under the outline but above the white background.

hope this helps ya out.
sakofacedecember_zephyr on December 23rd, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
That's pencil?! O_O I'm shocked.

;_; Wow... Thank you so much for these tips... I had no idea how to makes scans clean, especially outlines, but thanks to you, I'll be able to make them clean! *cries in joy* Thanks so much for helping out a novice like me. I've learned loads from you. (^_^; And thanks to you, I've finally found out what that wand thing does!) Again, thank you so much. Kind acts like this mean a big deal to me.
baby_kitty_toesbaby_kitty_toes on December 23rd, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)
Yep, it's pencil. Ed was done with a mecanical penicl (which is why the lines are fine) and havoc was done with a normal #2 penicl (which is why it's thick and rough.)

it's really no problem. i remember what a pain it was to learn all this. photoshop books only seem to teach you how to edit photos and the tutorials on line just assume you know all the basic stuff so they're useless. I learned just by playing around myself. (went to art school for 3 years and knew more about photoshop than the teacher. :P )

if you have any questions about any of teh buttons in teh tool bar feel free to ask me - i don't use them all but i at least know what they do.

If you like, i can send you the photoshop version of my of my drawings so you can see layer by layer how i do it. It might help you figure out good ways to blend and shade.

once again, no problem. I'm always willing to help someone. :)
sakofacedecember_zephyr on December 24th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
Uwahh, really? ;_; *bows to the sensei* Okay... I feel like it should be obvious from the title, but I really don't know what the slice button does. I pressed it and messed with it, but nothing really happens. The band-aid tool thing confuzzles me too. What confuses me the most, though, is the quick mask option. >> I don't even know what the heck a mask is. (Like vector masks? I tried using vector on this pic, but all the instructions on using it just boggled my head so much that I just gave up and inked it normally.)

Ah, that'd really be helpful! I love seeing the process of how art pieces are done! They really help me when it comes to doing it myself~ :D Do you need my email address?