I thought I'd write a tutorial on how to use line
drawings. Like the one above....Showing you how to fill with patterns and
making them your own!! There are many out there.. the
one I'm using here in this tutorial is from
are some patterns I've included for you.
1. When you get a line art they are usually with a white
bkg and the black lines... we first need to make this
flattened image...(.jpg) into a raster layer. so right
click on the background layer and promote to background
layer as shown below.
2. Use your magic wand tool
and click outside of
the line drawing.. on the white outside. Have your magic
wand settings like this.
3. Cut or
delete on the keyboard. You're bunny should look like
4. Using the same magic wand
settings... you do this same thing to each area.. of the
line drawing... Here below it shows me working on the
head area, clicking on the white inside the head and CUT
or delete. Do this to
all areas within the line drawing..
The only place I didn't cut out
was the white between the stripes on the socks.
Your line drawing should look like this below now...
5. You need to pick you some colors or pattern fills
ahead of time...make sure the pattern fills are
seamless... using the magic wand
same settings. pick
an area...like below I picked the bunny's head and hands
cause they're going to be the same color.
A. On the layer palette
create a NEW raster layer and drag it BELOW the line art
layer. Ok while the head and hands are selected with
magic wand.. B. go to
selections/modify/expand and expand about 3 pixels. This
way there isn't a tiny gap between the line and the fill
area...you always fill ON THE FILL LAYER.. you select
with the wand on the LINE ART LAYER you do this with ALL
6. Below shows using the modify/
expand 3 pixels on the selection.
Fill with your pattern or color now.. always make sure
you fill on the fill layer!!! After you fill with a
color or pattern.. D.
INVERT and apply a 3D drop shadow on the selection in a
darker color that coordinates with the fill color or
pattern. Below are the 3D shadow settings... you do this
with all the selections..
8. After you do all your selections...**each
one you do the A-D steps same for all**
9. Add a new raster layer on top now..
and name it Blush.. some things you might not want blush
on.. most things you would. Use your air brush tool now
and pick a good blush color.. pink or coral. These are
the settings for the brush.
The reason you need your blush on a
new layer all to its self.. is that your going to use
Gaussian Blur on it
and cant blur every thing or it would be ruined ;-)
10. Here are settings for the Gaussian
Blur . When you get all the areas filled and your blush
on.. you can merge/all visible layers now. Add a new
layer, drag to bottom and fill with white. This is your
11. Decorate your lil line drawing
like you want.. Below.. I added a layer between the
White bkg layer and the bunny layer and applied a
decorative brush to it.. then added a bow and some
pearls to the bunny's shoes. Don't forget your
watermark!! oh BTW on the finished tag at the
beginning of the tutorial.. I animated the wings and
heart and shoes... just use that ole noodle and test
Hope you enjoyed this easy lil tutorial and it will help
you with your line drawings.
Toodles till next time