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skynight

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Hi, I need help with this since no one is answering me on the other Form.

Okay, I'm back I did another vector..
I used PS and I used Yue from Cardcaptor Sakura.
So what do you think?

http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab136/yoko020/Yue.jpg

merged: 04-13-2012 ~ 09:05pm
Hey! I did just one, And I need your input on it.
http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab136/yoko020/Balmung2.jpg


http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab136/yoko020/Untitled-1.jpg
And does anyone know how to make the lines I circled in red more smoother?

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srsn

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I think there is a big problem on how you do lines... >.>"
First, the use of stroke path. Although this technique is easy, it cannot produce smooth curves and pointy tips (The hair ends are rounded which shouldn't be the case.) I suggest you do vexeling - use pen tool path mode. It is time consuming but it is worth the effort.
Here is a nice tutorial for it to get your started http://missnysha.deviantart.com/art/The-Ultimate-Vectoring-Guide-129303185

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To smooth the lines, you can use Gaussian Blur on them (no more than 0,2 or 0,3) or blur them manually with the Blur Tool. Also, it helps if you make the lines a bit thicker, that way they won't look as jagged.

The main problem is still the way you do lines - they're simply not curvy enough where they should be. Take the hair for example - the lines look too choppy, uneven and not curvy where they should be. Also, as srsn mentioned, always use shape layers when vectoring living beings (humans, animals etc) and if you want, use paths for inanimate things like static objects. Living things require more dynamical lines and paths look too static and stiff to be using them on something like humans.

I also have a question about colors - how exactly do you color things? Because I can see a lot of uncolored space like in the eyes. My suggestion would be to always keep lineart layers above everything else and use separate ones below for coloring things.

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skynight

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What is lineart ?
And I might need another program to do the coloring of the image in.

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srsn

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Lineart refers to the lines/outlines of a object. It's those jagged lines in your artwork.

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Quote by skynightWhat is lineart ?
And I might need another program to do the coloring of the image in.

I don't think you need any other program for coloring if you already have PS; it'll do the job quite fine. I was referring to the methods/tools you use for coloring, not the program.
And yes, 'lineart' is used to describe all the lines/outlines you make in your artworks.

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skynight

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The tools I used was the Paint buck Paint brush.
I used those.

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Paint bucket? Did you select the areas you wanted to fill with color and then used that tool or just randomly applied paint bucket tool? It's useful to first select the areas you want to color (with polygonal lasso tool for example); you can also use pen tool to color images, you know - the same way you do lines, you can use pen tool for that, too.

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Uh, No I didn't know I could use the Pen tool for coloring too, and I didn't know I was suppose to use polygonal lasso tool first before I color it. How do I do that? Can I have some image to help me?

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Kurorisa

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using pen tool to color is actually easier for vectoring, it helps a lot. for coloring with pen tool, you need to set on "shape" setting, then you can vector like doing outline with the pen tool

I made this a long time ago, maybe it can help?
http://img29.imageshack.us/img29/9936/tut6r.jpg
http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/6803/tut7m.jpg
http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/1531/tut8q.jpg

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skynight

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I see what you mean, But I still don't understand it.
I got new camera!
And we are moving and packing so I don't think I'll be vectoring unit ll we've moved.

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well you really need to understand how to use pen tool and how to vector with shapes, it really helps
you should try reading some tutorials for that

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Coloring with pen tool is basically the same as making lineart with it - you can use shapes or paths, doesn't really matter, the results are the same. If you use shape layers for coloring, pen tool will automatically add color to the shapes you make; if you're going to be using paths, you'll have to right-click and choose 'Fill Path' in order to color the shape you outlined with pen tool.

You just need to practice more - try to experiment and see what pen tool does. Tutorials help, yes, but you have to discover some things for yourself, too. It's how we all started.

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Okay, I will try that out sometime.

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