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Coloring lines
deletedbyrequest03 at 10:56AM, Nov. 23, 2006
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Uh, I wanna know how you color the lines of Photoshop Elements. And when I say color lines, I mean coloring the lines a different color, and not the picture, if you know what I mean.

Please give me either instructions on how to do it or a tutorial. Whatever works.

Thanks!

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Scott Story at 12:07PM, Nov. 23, 2006
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What you are doing is called a ‘color hold.’ It can be as simple as selecting the black lines with the magic wand tool, then increase the selection by one pixel (Select, Modifiey, Expand, 1px), take a hard brush at 100% opacity, and color over the section of lines you want to color.

If you colored your work on a separate layer, and the line work is left untouched and the linework layer set to multiply, there's a little more to it. This is the standard way of coloring. If that's how you are doing it, let me know and I'll expand on it.
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deletedbyrequest03 at 12:20PM, Nov. 23, 2006
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Yes, that's how I color. I first scan my lineart, duplicate the layer, then take the top layer and ‘multiply’ it. I color inbetween the two layers.

(Thanks for helping)

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Scott Story at 12:28PM, Nov. 23, 2006
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Ah, very good.

OK, on your line art, use the magic wand and select a black area you want to color. Once you've done that, create a new blank layer above the line art layer. Again, increase your selection by 1 pixel.

On the new layer, take a hard brush (100 opacity) and the color of your choice, and color. Only the lines should change color, not the area around them. Don't merge the new layer onto the line art, because if your line art is set on multiply, then the new colors would get multiplied too, and you don't want that.

Hope this helps!
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deletedbyrequest03 at 1:36PM, Nov. 23, 2006
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It works!!! Thank you very much :D

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Rimbaum at 3:32PM, Nov. 23, 2006
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Well, I've never used Photoshop Elements, so I really hope it has the “lock transparent pixels” tool. It looks like a little 2x2 grid, above the layers column. Click that, and it locks all the work you've done (so you don't accidentally erase a line you've made, or create a new one).

Once you've done that, take a large, hard brush and color right over the lines you've already made, assuming they're on a layer all by themselves. Voila~
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deletedbyrequest03 at 9:04AM, Nov. 25, 2006
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Okay, thanks :)

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Knuckles at 11:05AM, Nov. 30, 2006
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Coloring lines? Do you have an example picture of this?
I'm curious about this, myself.

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