UrFallenAngel90Featured By OwnerNov 15, 2012Hobbyist General Artist
I've got PSE9, but I prefer using Gimp, especially for lineart/inking, because I had the same issues as you're having with PSE. I ended up using Gimp for lineart/inking. The ink tool in Gimp really solved my problems, because it's easy to get thinner, thicker and smoother lines with just that one tool, and it looks better than any changes I've made to brushes in PSE.
I have problems using Gimp. I can't get my tablet to work on making lines thicker or thinner than the set sizes in the program, so I rarely use it nowadays (still have the software though). The only thing I really like about Gimp is the paths tool. That's just my personal view on it. Hopefully I'll try and get painttool SAI soon, so that mights sort some of my problems out. Thank you for the tips though!
okay now don't expect every person to checkout your gallery and think of a solution for you! we would really appreciate it if you make easy for the rest of us, for now I'll assume you're talking about this! [link]
first of all, I'm no expert! but I'll help as much as I can, lineart is all about the RIGHT brush setting and a steady hands! there are million ways to achive a clean lineart like brush stabilizers or vectoring programs, so suit yourself and go with the one you're comfortable with! I do my lineart "manually" by drawing them quickly so the lines don't look wobbly. of course that requires a lot of practice, and I'm still working on it!
I would drop that photoshop elements in favor of painttool SAI and sketchbook pro! they have options like "steady stroke" or "stabilizer" that helps you to make clean lineart!
Ah sorry, I didn't realise that was what people would think I was asking. I was just looking for standardised tips...but yes, that is one of the pictures I wish I could have drawn better. Ok, I usually start off with several sketch layers, but they are also rather thick. I don't particularly have a steady hand, so I'll try out stabilisers. One of my friends has offered to give me painttool SAI, but I don't have it yet, and my only other software is Gimp, which I now loathe to draw in. Thank you very much for your time and advice, I really appreciate it.
my line art is pretty clumsy too. I've learned to just work around it.... for instance, I can usually hide it when I color. You might find it doesn't look so thick, though, if you used colors other than black.
With the lines, I usually use the hard brush, 4px. Sometimes it might not came out neat; at times like that, the Eraser tool may be used to rub out some of the thicker parts and the edge where two or more lines meets.
It might also be about the way the line is drawn. A single line can come out neater if you whip it faster with your wrist. Sometimes slowly drawing a line can make the line a bit shaky.
Hi! Ah, you use a much smaller brush size than I do. I use about 9px on the hard brush, but that's because I feel a bit uncomfortable with the smaller brushes...methinks I should get more friendly with the magnifying tool. XD I also have a hunch that my sketching style is partially to blame as well. I often draw rather thick lines in my sketches, and it then translates into the final lineart.
I find drawing like that makes my lines come out worse, personally. I have terrible control with my wrist in the times I've tried that technique. I kinda wish that photoshop had a paths or curved line tool like Gimp. That would make things a lot easier.
Wow, that's a large magnification in comparison to what I normally use! I normally get to about 200 at most, but that might just be due to my canvas size. Apparently I use a really small canvas. I thought it was fairly large, but hey what do I, an amateur, know?! XD
1) many hours of practice 2) appropriate canvas size and resolution. (For example, a canvas 7x7 inches at 300 dpi will allow more subtleties and variation of line work than 7x7 inches at 72 dpi.) You can still reduce the finished art before uploading. 3) many more hours of practice
Thank you for the advice. I find that my computer tends to freeze a lot when I work in larger canvas sizes though. I normally use a 12x16 cm rectangle for my works to keep it working smoothly, but even that can cause it to become slow and juddery. I've been using a tablet for a year now. I'm kinda at the point where I feel my art should be better than it is currently. I've been losing esteem about my skills because of it.
Have you tried cleaning off your computer a bit? Take all your old files and move them to an external hard-drive or USB, and delete old programs you don't use anymore. Freeing up some space like that can help things run a bit faster.
I've been trying to uninstall some software I don't use anymore, but it hasn't made much of a difference. The problem with moving documents is that I only have one laptop, and I use it for schoolwork as well, which also takes up a heck of a lot of space. I'm in the middle of a course, so I'm paranoid about moving things and not being able to find them as well. ^^"