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Let's Learn to Lineart! [Part 2] by TheCarrotSaysYumYum Let's Learn to Lineart! [Part 2] by TheCarrotSaysYumYum
Here is part two of my lineart tutorial! Again, I seriously hope it helps, and if you have any questions don't hesitate to drop them in the comments :boogie: Oh, and it would seem that my use of Photoshop to finish up my lines has made me ignorant of an easier way to turn your lineart black. I would like to thank :iconfiniens: finiens for commenting and providing a better and easier way to do this. She says:

"An easy way to change colour of linearts in SAI: create a normal/usual layer underneath the layer with the finished lineart and merge the lineart down. Now it is on the normal layer where you can preserve the opacity and paint over it with any colour(s) you like. Saves a lot of time."

So, I hope that works better for some of you than the method I mentioned above. Again, thanks finiens for your help ;)

Lucy, the character in the lineart, belongs to Hiro Mashima.

Enjoy... particularly because I actually made this twice >__> PhotoShop crashed the first time and I had to start from scratch D;

Part 1: here
A Video of me Lining a Different Piece: here
The Finished Line: here
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:iconthesweetdevil:
TheSweetDevil Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Student
Thanks for the tutorial, really helped out :D

Made a lineart using your tutorial and it's way better than the one I did without :3

Result: thesweetdevil.deviantart.com/a…
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TheCarrotSaysYumYum Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
It looks so great :D I really love that image (was considering lining it myself tbh) and you made the line look really nice ;D

All I can say is keep doing what you're doing - you'll only get better and better. Seriously, I look back on some of my first lines and shudder XD It's a practice makes perfect scenario :3 

Best of luck!!
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TheSweetDevil Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Student
Thank you :D

I'll definitely continue linearting, I always tend to find drawing I want to color that got no lineart so I'll just lineart them myself now :3 [ Just got to find them again xD ]
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CaptainPenguSama Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhh, thanks so much for this ;______;
I have a question though, I don't have photoshop, so would just using Sai still make it look good? ;v;
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TheCarrotSaysYumYum Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
Not at all hun~ :iconyuihugplz:

Tbh, I stopped using PS shortly after this, so yes, you can just use SAI solely if it suits you more. The bold text in the description here will tell you how to make it black, and then you can just use the pen in SAI rather than the lasso tool in PS to fill in any black spots ;D
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CaptainPenguSama Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ghjfkdskd thanks! ;A;
Also, could you tell me what size you used for the lines? ;O;
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TheCarrotSaysYumYum Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Well, it really depends on the picture, because if the quality is better and I can zoom closer I usually use a larger line size. On average though, I tend to use a thickness of 7 when I line. 
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TigerEyesTitania Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Student General Artist
duwejhgrfueiw this tutorial helped me lots qvq
Mind giving me a 'lil c&c Carry? qwq It's Monday Already!? by TigerEyesTitania
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TheCarrotSaysYumYum Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
I'm glad you put it to good use ;D

It's a great line, though if I had to suggest some tips, I'd probably recommend using the pressure tool even more. I find people make the lines very thin and leave other parts thick, but your lines will look a lot smoother if you also edit every other dot in the middle. If you use the numbers that appear when you slide left/right, you can get a very gradual line that'll look great ^__^ 

Your lines have nice shape though and are very smooth! It's really just a matter of practice from this point on, so keep at it~ ;)
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Milchwoman Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wanted to show you a Line I did with your tutorial -> xxmilchwomanxx.deviantart.com/…
It was really helpful! <3
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TheCarrotSaysYumYum Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
OMG WOW! :O That's amazing! Seriously, I think you use the tools all really well :D The details are perfect and you got the pressure looking good throughout. Plus the different weight for parts of his gloves ^__^ Nice.

I hope you keep linearting, 'cause you can only improve even more from this stage and I think you're an amazing lineartist as is~ 

All the best :hug:
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Milchwoman Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very very much! <3
I definitely keep linearting, thank you very much! :3 :hug:
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Milchwoman Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is an awesome tutorial! *-* Thank you very much! <3
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TheCarrotSaysYumYum Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
:iconblush--plz: I'm really glad you like it and you're totally welcome~ :hug:
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Milchwoman Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug: x3
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xAttri Featured By Owner Edited Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sooo glad I found this! I kept hearing about the SAI paint tool but never really understood how to use it(I never thought of trying the edit tool on my lines). I do all of my lineart in photoshop exclusively which never looks as good because it's so much harder to add "pressure" to the lines, being that there is no pressure tool. I was also having a really hard time with lining the eyes( I would just do the outline of them and use the fill bucket lol). Thanks so much for this! :happybounce:
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TheCarrotSaysYumYum Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
I'm glad you feel that way! I've seen a few people line with PS, but I've never understood it myself :/ All I can say is that SAI is great and after practice it becomes second nature to use ;) 

Eyes can be tough, but you'll soon find ways to add them that are easiest for you. Most people I know all have their own technique~

All the best! :hug:
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pyokkii Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahh thank you so much for making this tutorial! I saw a really cute picture so I decided to try it out o 3 o 
here it is: sta.sh/012sde8iz0e4
does it look okay? I feel like I made the lines a little too thick or I didn't use the pressure tool enough TT__TT 
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TheCarrotSaysYumYum Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Omg! I love it :D Is this your first time lining? Because if so... wow! Your lines are really smooth and you have the basics of the tools down to a T ^__^ When I first lined I made the lines very thick too because they were easier to work with, and slowly over time I became more confident and my lines got thinner. Plus, pressure tool becomes easier to use over time. As such, all I can suggest is practice, but I'm sure you'll easily get better, because you're already great :meow:
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pyokkii Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg im so sorry for the late reply I was so sure that I replied before?!?! I haven't been active either oops
I actually have tried lining a little bit before but I gave up because I didn't understand much :') 
thank you so so much though! I hope I'll be able to use thinner lines in the future :D they look better than thicker lines imo (';

oh right I actually finished colouring it haha but I wasn't sure which colour scheme to go with TT__TT In the end, I'll probably go with version 2 :>
ver 1ver 2
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TheCarrotSaysYumYum Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
Not at all hun, I always forget to reply to comments ^__^" And yes, just keep practising! 

Oh wow... I love the colours! Hmmmm, I can't decide which I like more tbh. V1 has a nice blend of colours and the details stand out a little more in the robe, but I like the overall look of V2 more I think - the pink and blue are so nice. Can't decide DX Either way, they look fantastic :icongreatjobplz:
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pyokkii Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahh thank you so much for your advice! yass pink & blue make the best combination <3 
(sorry if I'm bothering you by now :sadtard: Revamp ) but does this look alright? I tried experimenting with thinner lines o___o I haven't fully finished playing with the pressure tool with the guy but I juuust finished the girl's :3 

don't mind the funny faces and all the poops HAHAHA I just needed to fill the space :'))) 
+ sorry it's a bit hard to see! if I made the lines black they would look really weird and super messy D: 
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TheCarrotSaysYumYum Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
It's looking great so far ;D You have the wrinkles in the clothes done very nicely, but I think you could use the pressure tool even more! XD Places like the girl's right arm and her fork and the line of her forehead and nose - all could perhaps be made a little thinner in places, but again, this all comes down to preference :) 
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nutella-toast Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial is awesome! :) I do something in mine a bit differently, though- I just cut down the opacity of the base image and go ahead and line it in black, because I don't have photoshop, and the color tool just sounds.... ehhh.
So- here is my most recent line!
nutella-toast.deviantart.com/a…
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TheCarrotSaysYumYum Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Ah yep, that's another way to do it. I just line over the top in colour because I usually alter my lines from the base quite a bit and don't like seeing the mismatched base image below ^__^"

And that looks great :D The only thing I would recommend is increasing the base image size so that your line is bigger :)
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nutella-toast Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright, thanks for the tips!:)
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WinterGraves Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for  the Great Tutorial! It really helped me improve in making linearts. I have made several already using the methods you showed us, and I've got to say I saw myself progress in making these linearts. Thank you so much for the tutorial! 

My program of sai had problems like others too, where I was not able to save it with a transparent background. But after reading some of your responses to others, I learned

Here is my first lineart with a good transparent background after several tries. I have other linearts that follow your instructions, but in my opinion this is probably my best one lol. 

Here Thank you for all your help! 


Another one: wintergraves.deviantart.com/ar…
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TheCarrotSaysYumYum Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
The line is great :D You've made great use of the pressure tool and all of the weights are nice and even~ The only thing I would recommend is perhaps using the edit tool a little more to fully neaten out some of the curves and connecting lines, but this is something that just becomes easier with practice, which, from what you described, seems to be helping you improve too ^__^

Keep up the great work, and I'm really glad you found this useful :love:
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WinterGraves Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tip, I will surely take that into consideration and practice more! 
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juansemu Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
Thanks Carrot Great tutorial, and very useful 
this is the final result: fav.me/d7d5n7t
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TheCarrotSaysYumYum Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
It's great :D The only thing I could recommend is using the pressure tool a little more, but really, for a first attempt you're doing just fine ;D Practice is all it comes down to, so keep up the great work :meow:
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juansemu Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Thansk carry I'll keep that in mind :D (Big Grin) 
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XxSmilesmakecaikxX Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
xxsmilesmakecaikxx.deviantart.…

I just wanted to share with you. I didn't even know the pressurize thing existed till now. It's not really off of anything, just exploring.
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TheCarrotSaysYumYum Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Wow, it's really good~ The stairs are great and the pressure on her body and facial features in particular is spot on :icongreatjobplz: It's really cool the difference the pressure tool makes ^__^

Keep up the great work :D :D :D
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XxSmilesmakecaikxX Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Thank You xD I know, I was like. What's this O.O
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yummypatootie Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student General Artist
nuuuuuu!
for some reason(s) why can't I save a lineart w/o its background?! and when I tried to save it on .png there's no menu box (is dat what u call it? -3-) appearing! it just saves on its own; not even showing up for my "approval"... any advice to give? D:
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TheCarrotSaysYumYum Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Hmmmm, I've talked to some other people who seem to have a similar issue and I'm afraid to say it's left me really stumped :/ I see no reason why that should occur DX

The only advice I could give is perhaps something went wrong with your SAI download. Perhaps reinstalling it might work? Or perhaps you have an older version? :?

Other than these guesses, something others have found that works is to save the file as a PhotoShop file: a .psd. Then, when you open it in PhotoShop it should have the same two layers as in SAI, and you can just remove the base one :) If you don't have PS, this is of little help though :<

The only only only other small possibility I can think of is to make sure you have the base layer with your original image not viewable as you try to save. Because if you have both layers viewed you'll save with a background no matter what you do.

Aside from this, I can't really offer much else :( Sorry, but all the best, and I hope it works out~ :hug:
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yummypatootie Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh..  that's so unfortunate for me D:

But anyways, thank you for some of the advice. I'll be sure to try it since maybe it really is my mistake.. :( (Sad) (and guess what, i'm also using the the not-full-version of PTS lol? Meow :3 )

By the way, I love your linearts! They all look great (awesome, even) Clap 
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TheCarrotSaysYumYum Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Yeah :( Sorry I couldn't be of more help, but I hope you find a solution~

And thank you~ :iconmoesmileplz: 
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ichigo-icecream Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I tired linearting for the first time, and I was surprised that it was so fun! At times, I felt like smashing my laptop because of the frustration though ;A; This lineart tutorial really helped me a lot, and I'm satisfied with the result :) One question though - I've got the latest version of Paint Tool SAI, but the options box for making the picture transparent doesn't pop up, no matter what I press, whether it's Save As or Export as a PNG. Any pointers or tips? 

Oh, and here's the finished product hehe :) Thanks for the turorial! sta.sh/023bzhnnollk
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ichigo-icecream Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, don't worry hehe :) I figured out an alternative - saV the image as a psd. -> open photoshop -> save as png. :)
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TheCarrotSaysYumYum Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Glad you figured out that small problem and congrats~ That's a really solid line for your first time. It's amazing, you got it to look so great :D :D :D 

And hahaha, yeah, I get that frustration too - especially when I have to line something I hate: armour, ruffles, curls >__> But then again, seeing the finished product after so much effort is always worth it ;)

Keep up the great work :huggle:
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ichigo-icecream Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe :iconblushplz: 

Urgh I don't want to try and line curls :icondepressplz: seems too hard .___. Time to colour in the lineart! xD
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TheCarrotSaysYumYum Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Yeah, they can be a bit of a pain, but they are good for practice ;D Have fun~
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ichigo-icecream Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Teehee thanks! uvu  
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ReisukeNightmare Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh! I have to thank you:iconyuihugplz:! I learn a lot reading this :icontuzkiyesplz:... So I do one and this is the final result: fav.me/d6ze21x
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TheCarrotSaysYumYum Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
No problem at all~ Your line looks great so I'm glad everything worked out for you :meow:

Just make sure you submit it to some groups so everyone can see it :D
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ReisukeNightmare Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok~~ Thanks c: :iconblushplz:
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eddmos Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Reading this makes my line arts look and feel like crap.I well back to basics Oops!  
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TheCarrotSaysYumYum Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Are you kidding? I think you have really nice lines~ :D I don't think there's much you need to improve on, really ;P
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