Go Back   RetouchPRO > Technique > Image Help
Register Blogs FAQ Site Nav Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Image Help Got a problem image? Don't know where to begin? Upload images and ask our users what they think or if they can help

Line art help

Thread Tools
Old 07-05-2007, 02:32 PM
rabbijan rabbijan is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 1
Line art help

This is my first post so I apologize if I'm in the wrong forum. I am a novice Photoshop user and would like to convert photos of my grandchildren to lineart for a coloring book for them. I have found several procedures both on your website and others for doing this but they all give very complex results. I'm looking for something very simple that simulates coloring book art - simple lines with little or no background gray. Is there some way to do this (hopefully through an action which would make it really easy for me!). Thanks for your help. Jan
Reply With Quote top
Old 07-05-2007, 03:06 PM
philbach's Avatar
philbach philbach is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Belgium, Wi
Posts: 1,332
Re: Line art help

Well I would suggest you upload one of your photos to this section and let the group work with it some. When you get one that you like they can send you a recipe or action.
Reply With Quote top
Old 07-05-2007, 03:09 PM
lkroll's Avatar
lkroll lkroll is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Alabama
Posts: 4,746
Re: Line art help

One of the best that I've ran across is Swampy's (Dee Dee's) line-art technique.
Reply With Quote top
Old 07-05-2007, 05:21 PM
Swampy's Avatar
Swampy Swampy is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: The Swamps of Florida
Posts: 4,418
Re: Line art help

Which can be simplified quite a bit by running a levels adjustment on the resulting B/W line art. Play with the black and white sliders.
Reply With Quote top
Old 07-05-2007, 07:56 PM
Dave.Cox's Avatar
Dave.Cox Dave.Cox is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: GrandPrairie.TX
Posts: 536
Re: Line art help

Try playing with the photocopy filter. It might get you close to what you want.
Reply With Quote top
Old 07-17-2007, 03:25 AM
linus_photo's Avatar
linus_photo linus_photo is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 9
Re: Line art help

Yes, Dave has a good way of doing that, and when You have done it to a photo you tend to get some unwanted spots. What you do then is add a gaussian blur (how much depends on the size of the spots/picture) and when all is blurred, the magic comes with this last step: Image>Adjustments>Brightness/contrast.
Drag the contrast bar way to the left, make sure you keep the white white by using both bars. You might need to do this step more than once. And if you feel that it went to far (to many jagged lines) just go back to the blur step, and apply less blur and redo the brightness/contrast.

If you are going for a print on these images a great thing to do ones you have the line-art is to "convert" them into vectors and use in Illustrator, that way the lines will come out sharp as knives
A fast way is, copy layer to a new channel, make marquee, invert marquee, generate path in paths, and you have the paths, just copy and paste in Illustrator and give it a fill color. Now you can print it any size you want without having to think about resolution.
Reply With Quote top

  RetouchPRO > Technique > Image Help

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Line Art - Video Tutorial Swampy RP Tutorials 35 02-19-2009 10:21 AM
Newbie needs help with Line Art Tut! Juds Photo-Art 101 2 08-18-2007 09:50 AM
Request for help: Line Art from Photograph kingsley Photo-Based Art 11 09-01-2006 03:25 PM
Line Art Ms Bay Critiques 6 06-19-2006 04:11 AM
How much should I charge for my art? DannyRaphael Photo-Based Art 11 09-30-2005 09:46 AM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:04 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
Copyright © 2016 Doug Nelson. All Rights Reserved