Saw a bunch of folks on Twitter drawing up some Jessica Rabbits (for “Sketch Dailies”), had an idea, had to jump on it. Dunno if it’s been done before. I feel like this was pretty clever, after which my instinct is usually to assume someone’s beat me to it.
When I draw a thing, I often first draw it rough using Col-Erase™ blue pencil. Then I go over top and make it look NICER using a dark pencil.
I used to remove the blue pencil from the image in Photoshop by selecting the “blue” channel of the RGB scan and turning that into the line art. That was the old way! This is the new way, and it is better!
Look at this drawing. This is what a raw scan usually looks like. See the faint blue lines in there? Ick.
This is what it looks like when I select the blue RGB channel:
It’s pretty effective, but not a critical hit. I can still see faint traces of the blue lines:
Normally I wouldn’t worry about it. I’d just blow ‘em out by increasing the contrast (through the Curves or Levels adjustment). BUT WHY SETTLE FOR THAT?
I don’t know when Photoshop introduced the Black & White adjustment tool, but it’s my new best friend. Let’s make a Black & White adjustment layer above our raw scan.
You’ll get this fun palette popping up:
… but you’ll still see the faint blue lines. They’ll be in black & white, but they’re still very visible. HOLD ON, that’s because we haven’t DONE ANYTHING yet.
CLICK! I select the “Blue Filter" preset:
Now look where those blue lines used to be:
You can even jack the sliders up to make your old blue lines look BRIGHTER, which is no big deal because our goal in the end will be to make that light-grey that used to be my white paper actually look white.
I’ma add a Curves adjustment layer.
Fiddle with the curves til your paper surface is white and your lines look about as good as they can look:
YOU CAN STOP NOW IF THAT’S ALL YOU WANT. Here’s some bonus shizz. I’m going to show you how to make the most useful line art you can have. Go to the Channels palette and command-click (or CTRL-click if you need your instructions to be that specific to your own personal life experience) the RGB channel’s thumbnail:
You’ll get a selection in the shape of your lines. Important : INVERT SELECTION. Don’t “invert” the contents of the selection, use the INVERT SELECTION menu thing or just press command-shift-I. Then make a new layer to accommodate your line art:
Fill the selection with your colour of choice:
Ta-da! You have useful line art. Why is this more useful than simply setting your line art layer to “Multiply?” Well, give it a try and see if you can’t come up with your own reason. Or just trust me. It’s MORE FLEXIBLE.
Posted by request, a little thing I made as a result of a conversation with gingerhaze. Would definitely be Best Movie.
A few Delilah Dirk 2 “character designs.” (Because really, they’re more costume design than anything.) I’m particularly proud of the old dude; the second image.
I spent most of December resolving character design needs. V.1 of the book is done and is in my editor’s elegant, well-manicured hands. While I’m waiting for feedback, I’ve been trying to lock down character and location designs. Must start working on actual pages soon.
IT’S MY BIRTHDAY TOMORROW
what did you get me
Since you asked:
Hanging out on Twitter over the holidays, there seemed to be a lot of family-time warm feels in the air. I had a sketchbook plus some down time PLUS I’ve been obsessed with RPGs lately, so I made these - portraits of various family members, slightly caricatured and paired with their noteworthy RPG attributes. Enjoy, and Happy New Year everyone!
Okay, bit of a departure here. I just updated my iPod Touch from iOS 6 to 7. They changed the Music app… for the worse. However, when iOS6 introduced the Podcasts app, it was garbage, too, and it has since improved, so I’m being bold enough to assume that if I share these, maybe Music will improve too. How they could have screwed up a decade’s worth of making music players boggles my mind, but it is what it is.
I just sent off the text below using Apple’s iPhone feedback form. Hopefully someone reads it. Feel free to re-Tumbl this if you happen to share my concerns.
[POLITE INTRODUCTION]1. ALL ALBUMS WITHIN GENRE. I prefer to browse my collection by selecting a genre I may like to listen to. Then, instead of choosing an artist, in iOS 6 I would pull down the artist list and select “All Albums.” This option is no longer available in iOS 7.2. ALBUM ART. Many people don’t manage their album artwork. For those people, the solutions for providing artwork in the Music app are an excellent aesthetic improvement.
Ideally, I would love to see this functionality restored. When I select a genre, I would like the option to view a list of all the albums within that genre, organized alphabetically by album name.Ideally, I would prefer to browse music without album artwork.3. ALBUMS/SONGS. Please allow me to browse the titles of my albums before revealing the songs within. It is faster and easier (at least for me).
It is baffling to me why, when viewing the list of artists, some are given new artwork and some simply display album art contained within. The abstract replacements for the Genre list are particularly offensive.
If I must browse with artwork, please at least allow me to toggle iTunes’/Apple’s artwork replacements off.
4. NOW PLAYING. Why not let me use a gesture on the album art to reveal the track list?
THANK YOU for the “Show All Music” toggle option.
THANK YOU for the performance quality of the app. I find it quick and responsive.
THANK YOU for retaining Hi-Speed/Half-Speed/Quarter-Speed scrubbing. I love this functionality.
And thank you for taking the time to read these criticisms and suggestions. I know you all work hard and have difficult design decisions to make, and I hope this is helpful.
———-I love music and I use my iPod to play music near-constantly. If these things seem like small, dumb issues to you, then I am sorry you are not good at paying attention to details or caring about the products you interact with on a daily basis.Admittedly, a lot of these criticisms stem solely from the way I use this software, though I’ve seen many similar complaints from others. Perhaps I am just complaining that this product isn’t designed specifically for me any more. On the other hand, IMHO Apple’s been getting it right for a decade,* and if it ain’t broke…*It’s possible I’ve just been trained by various iPods to adapt to Apple’s UI over the years. But then the question remains: if it ain’t broke…