View Full Version : Is there any "color hold" tutorials out there
05-15-2007, 11:47 AM
I keep hearing about color holds, but cant find any tutorials out there. Does anyone know or have any? thx....
05-15-2007, 12:10 PM
Are you talking about doing line art as a color? For example: One of the characters in a given panel is a ghost, let's say, and therefore, you want to color the line art as a blue perhaps, even tho it's black in the original line art?
If so, it's not all that hard to achieve:
In RGB mode, duplicate the blue Channel. Select all of your Background layer ( containing your line art ) and delete it. Add a layer. Then, from the toolbar, choose Select > Load Selection, and choose the duplicate Channel you just created, making sure to check the Invert box in the dialog box that appears. When you return to your Layers palette, you'll see the "marching ants" of your line art. Fill that with black on the layer you added ( not on the blank background layer ). Now your line art is on a separate layer, and you can color any part of it using any of Pshop's coloring tools.
IMPORTANT: Make sure to check the Lock Pixels box in the layers palette for the line art layer, so when you color, you color only the black pixels and not the transparent parts of the layer. Hope this helps.
05-15-2007, 12:48 PM
Im having a problem. I tried this a couple of times and it not getting all the line art. How should the magic wand tool setting be at?
05-15-2007, 12:54 PM
There's no need to use the magic wand at all to do this, Jeaf. When clearing the line art - that is what you're referring to, isn't it? - Use the menu bar command - Select > All ( or Ctrl + A keyboard command will work too ) to select the entire canvas. You'll see the "marching ants" around the entire edge of the canvas when you select all. Then, hit the Delete button on your keyboard to clear the entire canvas. Once again, make sure you've duplicated the blue channel in RGB mode before you clear the line art on the background layer.
05-15-2007, 01:10 PM
Awsome..I got it. I had to hide all the layer but the line art then do what you said...THX alot... :banana: :carrot: :banana: :carrot:
05-15-2007, 01:11 PM
Quick question what if you just only want part of your line art to have a color hold?
05-15-2007, 02:02 PM
As I said above, lock the black pixels in the layers palette - I'm not sure which version of Pshop you're using - but in older versions, it's the first check box, directly under the window / slot that displays the layer mode. I believe it even has the word: "Lock" next to it.
BTW - Locking the line art pixels is important, as opposed to just selecting them. If you lock them, then only the pixels get painted - Great. If not and you select them, the selection will grab the pixels according to the screen and not the line art, and you'll end up distorting / pixelating the edges of your line art as you color / paint / fill it. An important point to remember, because distortions of any kind are not desireable, obviously.
As far as wanting only part of the line art to have a color hold, you can either select that part with the lasso, or - much easier, IMHO - use the brush tool with a hard bush selected and just paint into it. To get it exactly, I use the magnifying glass tool, blow it up, and get right in there, line-for line.
It's easy too, once you do that, to select the color hold area using the wand, cut that up to it's own layer, and do any embossing or blurring effects and that sort of thing. A great way to do fire, BTW.
05-15-2007, 11:06 PM
go to channels pallete
copy blue channel
INVERT IT (ctrl-i)
go to layers and remove old lineart completely
select - load selection - blue copy (alpha 1 on older photohop versions)
...lots of marching ants appear...
fill with black
lock transparency on this new lineart layer
paint away over the lineart with the colours of your choice!!!
like in this one -->
05-16-2007, 08:30 AM
its a lot easier in CMYK mode. Just select the black in the chanels pallete- deselect the white and then fill.
05-16-2007, 09:41 AM
Thanks guys...all the info was extremely helpfull...
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