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

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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FrostxWatcher Featured By Owner 3 days ago  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!
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