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Flat colors the easy way - 01 by Nashya Flat colors the easy way - 01 by Nashya
I finished inking the last page of FG #1 a few days ago and was messing around and found this REALLY COOL option under Image Adjustments. I found a way to make lineart, be it digital or real media, cleaner and easier to lay flat colors in. If you're a comic artist this might help you greatly I hope :D.

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Batuxa Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012   Filmographer
zawung Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
thx for sharing
OspreySoul Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Awesome little tidbit of information. Definitely something that could come in handy in the future.
ChristiVivar Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
That is amazing. I'm going to try this out! Thanks for sharing! :D
VampyrFetal Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy crow, awesome tip. I will definitely be putting this to use.
toasty-fresh Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008
Thanks for these tips! I'm always so lazy about lineart, but I guess I have to shape up if I'm to use this, huh? :XD:
PuccaloveU2 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
ideallyRANDOM Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007

God, I always knew there was an easier way to work on art, but I could never figure out how xU

Well, thanks to you, I've managed to create better art in less time. Thank you very much^^
geezone Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my--

Seriously, this sounds too good to be true. Flatting is, well, I swear a kitten dies every time I have to, but I still flat for an hour thirty everyday, anyway.
harveytsketchbook Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
This is the best thing of my entire life today.....hahaha! sorry if im too happy that i discover at your gallery of how I can clean my line which is very very bad....many thanks nashya!
many thanks...i dunno if you still remember me...
hahaha! drop at my portfolio gallery sometimes if you have time @ your fan! :D
glodefunk Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice tutorial. It was really handy.
BadQueen Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007
Your tutorials are so helpful, I have to resist favoriting all of your work D :
dirktiede Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
Yup, that's the way to do it. If you're working with original cans, you can skip the Threshold step by just scanning in as 1-bit Line Art at 600dpi or more.
dragonelfnova Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007
gonna check this one out too
Ogun-GodofIron Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2007
I think this is pretty helpful, and I'll try and apply the threshold adjustment to my manga now, thanks!=D
Ogun-GodofIron Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2007
I am an aspiring manga-ka, but I only have/use photoshop.
can the same steps be applied there?
kyria Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007  Professional General Artist
ooooh, veddi helpful.
amanoma Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006
so helpful..your a great artist
SinLei Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2006   General Artist
That's so excellent! Thanks!
paola-tm Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really helpful. Thanks for sharing :D
astrofavilla Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thanks. I never thought of doing flats that way. This helps.
OhAnneli Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2006  Professional General Artist
I thank you for this tip, I will start up my own business as an illustrator/ cartoonist in january so I really appreciate some advice on how to make things easier.... :) *hug* :heart:
HondaFox Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2006
Hey, thankyou for the tutorial, it was very informative.

However, if you don't mind. I have a few dumb questions I need to if you find the time to answer them, I would really appreciate it.

1 - How do you know what resolution (?) is 600 dpi? The reason it's confusing to me, is if you scan, you can scan at that resolution but then the computer does the work for if you're starting from scratch, how do you know what size--resolution is what? (As you can tell, I don't know what I'm talking about here. :P)

2 - I was thinking of doing a manga..and I wanted to make them so I could put them on the web, but also having the option of printing later. I think you answered someone that at 600 would have to be shrunk down to 100 dpi in order to be able to do that. (Which obviously, until I under stand the dpi system, I don't know what the difference would be.) Or is it possible I misunderstood somehow?

3 - I've noticed you've also mentioned Tokyopop..and how they require such a high dpi, but even you don't go that extreme. (Why is that btw? I looked for the journal where you were supposed to have mentioned it, but I couldn't find it.) However, is their page sizes correct? What would you recommend a good page size for the standard small book manga? If I'm going to do it, I want to make sure I do it properly. Lol.

4 - I noticed you also mentioned Fruits Basket! That style is one of my favorites! I believe you mentioned the mangaka inks with solid lines, but because the small lines are darkened a lot, they appear wispy on print size?

5 - Lastly. I've also noticed you've had quite a few discussions with people about how this tutorial is beneficial/not so beneficial. Is there anything others have said that I should know? A lot of them say this isn't good to learn because of various reasons. (Most importantly it's a bad method for a picture with lots of details..?)

Anyway, I'm very sorry this is so long. And I understand if you don't have the time to answer these. But as someone who's both a noob and not a noob, I felt like it'd be better ask someone who really knows what they're doing before attempting something like a manga. Lol.
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Mikiyochan Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2006
>> uhm. where do i get painter? :3
Kitty-Can-Draw Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
um which photoshop you use? :S
it's looks really interesting! :heart:
i wish i could learn just like that line :D
Nashya Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006
I used Photoshop CS2 :D!
Kitty-Can-Draw Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! ^^
ragnarpendon Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YES!!!!!! i can finally get rid of those dust bunnies on my lineart... thank you thank you THANK YOU!!!! :D
Spacekitty04 Featured By Owner May 26, 2006
thanxs for the tutorial!! :O I'll use it someday ^^
nekoduck Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2006
Now i'm all excited to try it x3. Yay! thankyou!~
korukyu Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2006
Holy fack! I want to try this right now! Err...Or later. But I want to try it! This seems amazingly useful, especially if I could get enough memory to work at 600 dpi on this computer... :XD:

Thank you so much Ms, Shatia! This is so helpful. I've always wondered what other techniques there were to laying flat colors. :D
chibipunk7231 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2006
wow, that's like utterly amazing! i dind't know about that till now!~ i can't wait to try it out! thankies!~
theNekk Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Tutorial kicks ass. Need to thank you... very very much.

:biiiiig hug: Arigato!
MercuryFox22 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2006
That's pretty awesome! Easy to read and informative. Muchos gracias for this tutorial! X3 :heart:
talikira Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
This... is so cool... 8D; I can't wait to try it out. X3; Awesome tutorial! :D It helps so much.
saturnmarieson Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
This will be fabulously useful when I start toning my comic. Thanks for the tut! ^^
w00tw00t-BigBird Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
hmm, you talk about lines in 600 dpi, they wont appear or stuff like that, but my question is :"At school they thought us that going above 300 dpi was useless, then why do you consider, in your tutorial, having a 600 dpi resolution?"

good tutorial by the way :)
Gothamite Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006   Photographer
oh that's hella nice!

divi Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah this is wonderful :D I definately can use this to do flat colors in artwork. (I ususaly only do flats in oekaki.)
Thanks Nashya <3
neonekogirl Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
YoY ARGH! I didn't get half of those terms... dpi? eh? Not that it's YER fault... it's mine. BLECH! HOW DO I GET TO KNOW THESE?!
Nashya Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
LOL. XD It's okay. I need to make a tutorial for beginners as well. I kinda made it with the assumption everyone knew what I was talking about.

Dpi means Dots Per Inch. Or pixels :D If you ever zoom in retardedly close to an image in Photoshop you can see all the dots :they look like squares:. So if you tink 600 dpi, that's 600 dots per inch of your canvas, that's a LOT of.... room ot paint on XD. If you have Photoshop just go to Help and it explains a lot of this as well :D.
neonekogirl Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
Aaaaaaah. I see! Thankya!
IanMeta Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
That is a cool trick, but there's something I don't understand.
I get the 600dpi for printing purposes, but why do you recommend 300dpi for web-only images? Isn't dpi meaningless if it isn't getting printed?
Nashya Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
Oh thanks for this. I kind of said that wrong. I was mostly referring to the people who's computers can't handle 600 dpi for lots of files and for the time being do web based stuff and 'may' publish later. 300 dpi is a good start. You can resize to 72-100 dpi to put the image online though :D. Thank you!
IanMeta Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Arrrgh, nevermind, dumb question. Apologies.
Devas Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
My flats have always been hideous things, as I'm too lazy to take into account what it will look like without my lines disguising them.

Thank you so much for making this tutorial! It's infinitely useful to me. I re-did the flats for a picture I was currently working on, and it took me forty minutes instead of two hours, with infinitely more attractive results.
Nashya Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
XD Glad I could help and it's even better to hear it worked!
Cleocatra Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006  Student General Artist
Yaaaay! <3
DragonOfHeart Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
Really nice tutorial. i'll try it as soon as i can, but what first hit me was the wonderful way you draw eyes! thanks :)
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