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Photoshop Line Art Tutorial by Ivraie Photoshop Line Art Tutorial by Ivraie
I've had lots of questions regarding how I'm able to create smooth, clean line art. Here is a quick tutorial on how I do it, and several tips on line art brush settings. Several people have also mentioned that there isn't enough line art tutorials around, so here is a simple one <3

Pardon the horrible text overlay; this tutorial was originally a forum post.

I really hope this helps to clarify some things. Let me know if anything needs to be further detailed <3

>< Sorry to all~ Forgot to add that this requires a pen tablet~
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:iconhejbrush:
Hejbrush Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016  Professional Artist
Hej, I've created a global pen smoothing app for mac OS X. Check it out - Hej Stylus!
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digorylarynith Featured By Owner May 18, 2016   General Artist
Thanks for the neat tutorial! I can now create linearts in Photoshop neatly! I stuck at using Paint Tool Sai a lot! :XD:
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MEME---QUEEN Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Student General Artist
Can anyone explain this to me? ;w;; Help by Pushesthoughcrowds
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The-Silver-Fox-Inari Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Student General Artist
forum.deviantart.com/art/digit…

Have to work bigger unfortunately D: Or switch to Sai.
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MEME---QUEEN Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Student General Artist
Haha yup I figured this out awhile ago, thank you so much though ^-^
Unfortunately i get problems with RAM whenever i work bigger though haha so I'm kind of juggling between size and ram ^-^
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The-Silver-Fox-Inari Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Student General Artist
Ok Because I just looked this up, saw this wasn't responded to and wanted to share with a fellow struggler. And me too :< I wish photoshop looked neater small-scale!
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Choulaphone Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you
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arkrilik2000 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very Nice :)
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Schplitzkriegs Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm pressing those buttons but my brush still seems to be the crummy shape...
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sweetmissfifi Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're not alone.. :/
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:iconschplitzkriegs:
Schplitzkriegs Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Though actually I got it fixed now.
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:iconsweetmissfifi:
sweetmissfifi Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess now it's me all alone LOL
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SilverPonteo Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
nope
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Sai-zhao Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Nope, my brushes are still stuck at Stage 1. I can't get the pointed ends on the lines :(
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sweetmissfifi Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
high-five!
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:iconsai-zhao:
Sai-zhao Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Student General Artist
*high fives back* I tried resetting everything and it's still the same. My lines fade more than they should No, I disagree! 
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:iconsweetmissfifi:
sweetmissfifi Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, at least yours fade, mine looks the same from start to finish :D I'm hopeless.
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CiriaJacobs Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You are so great! Thank U!!
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DCum-ArtingStarvist Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Student General Artist
So helpful, I am ashamed of my lines
Ashamed 
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Loveisbeautifully Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't have this version of photoshop :(
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Skully-Keys Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial is AWESOME!! You have made my day, horrible text or not :D
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:icontardydeviant:
TardyDeviant Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I made a poor copy of your character here as practise for using the tablet. Can i post it if credit you?
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ACombatWombat Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Where do you find the brush window? I'm using Photoshop elements 8
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Everkai Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
PSE doesn't have the Dynamics, but you can click on your brushes and press options, then brush presets I believe. Or go to "window" and press Brush Presets. Although, like I said, PSE doesn't have a lot of that.
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ACombatWombat Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I've found that PSE isn't the best drawing program, but it really all I have. :/ But thank you anyway for replying (:
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Everkai Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
No worries, It's workable for what it is :3 I used it for the longest time then upgraded to cs6. 
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OriginalCoconut Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really helpful tutorial! If i might add, i always go under 'Brush tip shape' and reduce the spacing to 1% so the line doesn't look like its made of lot and lots of tiny circles and more like a real brush. Just my personal preference though. :>
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kanoii-chi Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omy gawd thank you!
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AJM-FairyTail Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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M-F-Munoz Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Found this tutorial thanks to :iconyuumei: and I think this tutorial is pretty helpful indeed. I'm usually pretty lost in photoshop.

Thank you!
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Kitsune-Kreations Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know you must of heard this but...THANK YOU FOREVER!!!! :iconpandarunplz: You will always be remembered as a hero!:heart:
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LunarStarwhisper Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OHHHHHHHHHHH THANK YOU FOR THISSSSSSSSSS !!!!!!!!!!!
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LauraTEKKENprincess Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Help please! [link] <---- :crying: :crying: :crying:
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Parfaits2 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
could u achieve some what of the smooth lines using a mouse?
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Everkai Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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Parfaits2 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahhh! thank you so much!
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Annleigh Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you for this tutorial :)
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unzumi Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
This is wonderful, thank you so much! I just got CS6 recently and have had my tablet for 7+ years and never knew how to manipulate programs to get sketch vs. line art lines. Thank you!
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unzumi Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
This is great, thanks! Any updates for newer versions of Photoshop? I just got PS CS6 and am majorly overwhelmed!
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ungesprochen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank u for the great tutorial :D
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dscript Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
nice tutorial
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barLy-kuN Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for your tutorial

that's very helping me for learning the lining the art XD
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woxeenagirlheart Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
How do you find Line Art?????
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Everkai Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You make it.
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MiharuCHU Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
I try to follow the instruction...I have selected everything like the picture but nothing happened... the shape still remain like the first one... Why?

(I have photoshop cs6)
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minnie1234525 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
do you use a mouse?
this tutorial is for tablet
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MiharuCHU Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
No, I use the tablet...BTW I bought a new tablet and now it's everything alright...But I still have no idea why with the old tablet it doesn't work. :s
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poszy6 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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Brandonfox95 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Artist
wow!
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biggestzeldafan Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
My photoshop CS5's pen pressure doesn't work, it gets a little "!" in a triangle before it, i have an Aiptek 14000 and i'm pretty sure it has to work, can you help me please?
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