In the previous tutorials, I use the term “flatting” a lot. Flatting is a process that makes it easier to colour line art in Photoshop. You isolate the line art and then start filling in the various shapes in the image on different layers. You don’t worry about rendering or modeling, you just focus on filling pieces of the art with flat blocks of colour. For a traditional analogue, think of it like the sort of masking you might do for airbrushing or watercolours.
In the past, when I was colouring my flatted pages, I would CTRL-click the layer thumbnail, which would create a selection of the shape of that layer. For example, in the image above, if I CTRL-clicked the layer with the big flat shape of the sail, I’d get a big sail-shaped selection. Then I’d paint within the selection.
This is the wrong way to do it.
Kazu Kibuishi revealed to me the awesome correct way to do it, and it is very simple. It’s the “Lock Transparent Pixels” button, and if you don’t know about how it can improve your life, I’ll explain behind the cut.
Good day, folks! Grim here again, to spam your dash silly!
I would like to let everyone know in advance that next week, we won’t be updating the :EF page because we’re trying to complete a deadline for Ink’d Well Comics! The anthology, Fearsome Fables, is a charity book and will be launched at Hal-Con 2012.
Thank you for reading & the support! We’ll be back soon!
Much love from me and L! <3
We shall return to the regularly scheduled pages soon! MUCH LOVE~!