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Sketch Clean-up Tutorial by ahnline Sketch Clean-up Tutorial by ahnline
Cannot be made into an Action in Photoshop CS4 and lower.

Another thing I like about this is that it's easy to erase parts of the lineart without losing it completely (Use the eraser tool on the layer, not the mask).

Overview
1) Scan in lineart.

2) Create a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N) and a layer mask.

3) Select All (Ctrl+A) and Copy (Ctrl+C)/Cut (Ctrl+X) lineart.

4) Alt+Click into the mask and paste with Ctrl+V.

5) Clean with levels (Ctrl+L) and brush tool (B).

6) Invert (Ctrl+I).

7) Fill layer with line color.

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Secret-Damnation Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant! This has been wreaking havoc on my brain for quite some time. Thank you for giving back my sanity. ^^;
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RheiaAManga Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
OPACITIES :iconraitolaughplz:
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Napalie Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the upload. This really helped me :)
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harrie5 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student General Artist
You can make it into an action, actually.
Ctrl+Shift+L, Ctrl+A, Ctrl+I, Ctrl+X, New layer, Alt+Backspace, Alt+Click on new layer mask button, Alt+Click on the created layer mask, Ctrl+V. Stop recording action. Double check the levels, then apply the layer mask.

I've been using this technique for years, and it works just fine as an action too.
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ahnline Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I tried doing making an action with it, but I get stuck when I try to paste the lineart into the mask.

When I play it as an action, it pastes the lineart as a new layer instead :<
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harrie5 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Make sure you Alt+Click the mask, it should come up in the actions as 'Select current channel'. I am using CS6, mind. I've gotten into the habit of using the shortcuts rather than the action, but I think it worked when I did it in CS5?
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ahnline Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I use CS4. Maybe it only works on CS5+ :<
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harrie5 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Ahh, that might explain it! :c
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The-BenT-One Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Damn. this should be useful for doing line holds.
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KR07 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Writer
Very useful, thanks a lot for uploading! :worship::thumbsup:
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sarani-chan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
ooooh awesomness 8D i like how you simplified it down at the bottom as well
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DrawMeDotComDotAu Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
nice resource
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TheNanners Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
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OMFG
THANK YOU
FUCK
THANKS
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AuroraStar1 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This will sure save me on erasers XD great tutorial!
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reafu-fu Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is new to me, I usually just move my sketch to a transparent layer :0! Great tutorial!
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ahnline Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
How how? :O
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reafu-fu Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ctrl+A to select the sketch layer, Shift+Ctrl+N for a new layer, fill the layer with black, set to Quick mask mode, paste with Ctrl+V, get out of Quick mask then darken the lines with Levels and smooth them out with Gaussian blur D:!
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ahnline Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
*O* I had no idea you could paste into a Quick Mask!

Something I'm a little stuck on: I pasted into the Quick Mask, but there were no lines to darken.

But the lineart was revealed beautifully when I hit delete :3
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reafu-fu Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ooo could you post a screenshot of what you see when you try to paste? Sadly, the site I learned this tip from went offline, I just might need to make a tutorial and post it DX!
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ahnline Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
[link]

And when I get out of Quick Mask, it just leaves a marquee around the lineart. Nothing else has changed, so the black fill of the layer is still black :<
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reafu-fu Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
When you get out of quick mask, hit Delete and BAM! Black lineart on a transparent layer :D!
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ahnline Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
AH! ic ic, I was confused because I thought I had to apply levels after the negative space was deleted ^^;

Wow, I could definitely use this. Thanks! :D
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