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Photoshop Lineart-Coloring Tut by Kuitsuku Photoshop Lineart-Coloring Tut by Kuitsuku
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This tutorial is also available in French:…
and in German:…

Tons of people asked me to make a tutorial for line art and coloring in photoshop, so here you go~ =3

A few people have requested a Flash drawing tutorial too, so maybe in the future.

This tutorial was made in Photoshop CS2 but it should work as far down as Photoshop 6. All the tools I used are the same in those versions.

Remember, this tutorial shows the way I color. I'd suggest experimenting with this process until you get a result that's nice and easy for you to do. Add more layers of shading, throw in some lighting, go crazy and come up with a style unique to yourself. ^^

To answer questions a lot have been asking:
* I draw with a Wacom Graphire 4 tablet.
* I didn't use the pen tool in any of this. That's...pretty much the point of the tutorial, to get around spending a lot of time on the pen tool. 8D If you don't have a steady hand or your lineart comes out too wobbly, keep practicing. There's nothing more convenient and time saving than a steady hand in drawing.
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Beanereeno Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To my eternal shame, I have always struggled with even the simplest things in photoshop. This should help me a lot. Thanks for the great tutorial!
javylorena Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's so helpful! Thanks a lot ^w^
Pauline007 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
ummm would it work if you artline using the Pen (photoshop) a manga and then colour it like you did ?
Kojiro-Akumu Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
love the step by step instructions, im kind of a perfectionist
manphoto Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
Thanks so much for the tutorial! Helped lots!
Siorah Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Student Interface Designer
thanks a lot! but what i would like to know is how to do it like this?…

the video would be helpful, but its in spanish and its waaay to fast D:
XxcookievampxX Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Student General Artist
so useful thank you!! 
Nyyght Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
Awesome tutorial! Thank you for this!
karklesparklez Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
FrostxWatcher Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Student General Artist
does this work for an image with multiple characters on one image
Blotche Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Student Interface Designer
This guide saved me when I got my very first internship a few years back. Thanks for sharing!
Yoruba98 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Giiirl ! You saved my life ! Hug Heart 
HyruleUnicorn Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my hell I've been trying to figure out how to color the outline without redoing it all over again, you saved my LIFE, THANK YOU
PancakeShiners Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was super useful!

I used this tutorial to help me here:…
Cutswolf Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks great. 
zrjhiey Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Thank you very much  for these .. its  great help ...
ultrakoichi Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just want to thank you for this tutorial. I'm not good as you but with your tutorial I managed to colour the outlines and shade in some colours also adding some gradient effects. I'd love to be good illustrator as you but I need to polish up my skill. I'm struggling to do the outline with size 3 brush though. I hope you can give me some tips with that. It look crap after I've done the outlines with a wacom bamboo pen tablet pad. I have to use 0.5 graphic pens and straight scan, jpeg transfer to photoshop. Anyways cheers and keep up the great work! Love your art works!!
ooMormunaoo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
how is this possible i did lineart by hand drawing and this tutorial didn't helped me at all. I want' to color hand drawn lineart simply as i can't but i can't do it ;_; its hard
MissUnashamed Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! The pen tool is my nemesis at the moment XD Great tutorial!
legomaestro Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial. I do want to avoid the whole pen tool thing...
OpalWinter Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Thanks so much for the tutorial! Helped lots!
endneo Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wonderful, thank you!
Syaraa Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for this tutorial <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
LadyChuuu Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thought you should know my professor linked your tutorial for my Photoshop Class!  It helped me a lot! Thanks!! ^_^
Kuitsuku Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Oh that's awesome!! :D
EmisBakery Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
This is a very good one! Thank you so much
Skully-Keys Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaaaaah! Brilliant tut!
THELEGOMack Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this! The lineart technique is very useful without a decent pen tool!
Silver-Wolf-Rain Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Thank you so much for the tutorial! The lock transparency tip really makes coloring so much easier!
itachirox Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
thank you so much for this tutorial <3! just downloaded this today (since my mac can't run on SAI I thought i'd get another program) aaah sounds simple ;;
thank you again!
Neekolassz0r Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! i learned a nice bit of stuff from this tutorial! i'm going to try a new style inspired by this! :)
Melodious-RainIX Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
The black is really clear when I try to use the gradient, and my settings are exactly as you have them. :c
RaV3G1rL17 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Did you use a tablet?
(Pardon me if this sounds ignorant, I'm new to digital drawing as well)
manchauno Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
I'm going to try this in PhotoShop 7.0 This is all new to me. I've never used software to draw and color.
reebok110 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The writing on the image is hard to read is there any other place I can get it
nikorunico-chi Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks..t'was a great help.
AvatarThatNeverWas Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow, thank you so much! I've been attempting lineart and shading but I just couldn't seem to get it but...this is so easy! XD THank you~
Sonikku-Star Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :D
oussamagosto Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
waw Good !!Photoshop
James-Li Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This TUT is very helpful. But I stuck at the outlines already ^^;.I just got myself an graphic tablet and though I can tell my fineliners goodbye. But its SO hard to do steady outlines with that tablet oO I never thought. The lines are all wobly and shifty and I have troubl following the lines of my actuall sketch T-T.
The rest of this tut I used for coloring only work GREAT ^^ so thank you so much. And Ihope you are right that the hand will become more steady oO
deidaratk Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh that's really cool!!
I don't have a drawing tablet, which it sucks -_-lll
when I use with the mouse it gives me more trouble. That's why I have to do the longer and old school way to do my drawings which it's not perfect but kind of ok _U
krystalfan-2 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Hooray! An easy to understand Photoshop tutorial that anyone can use! :dummy: There's so many tutorials out there for Photoshop that either are too complicated, or make you feel like you're being talked down to. This doesn't do either of these things; it's easy to understand and it seems anyone can pick it up and do it. Thanks for this tutorial!
Faunartia Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks really helpful, thanks, great tutorial ^.^
HumanoidBeing Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! This is like the first tutorial where I actually understood everything! ^-^ Helps me a lot. I've always wondered how to do such coloring. Thank you so much!
KonoeitheWolfSpirit Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how you did this. ^^ Nice and easy explanation.
Enzeru-Youkai Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I HATE that stupid magic wand tool!!! D<
AruoraOkami Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The magic wand won't select the shape that I'm doing,just the outline of canvas.Whats wrong?
Kuitsuku Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Are you on the correct layer with your outline? And if so, make sure Your tolerance isn't too high. I usually have mine set to 20.
AruoraOkami Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
To shade would I use dodge/burn tool or darken the orignal colour?
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