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How to make line art in GIMP by FirebirdPhoenix87 How to make line art in GIMP by FirebirdPhoenix87
Requested by :icondreamerforlife: & :icontheo-kyp-serenno:.

Since it usually takes me a long while to actually make line art, I was thinking of a quicker way to make line art & finally found a way in GIMP. However these two friends of mine asked me how I made the line art. This tutorial finally reveals the secret.

I tried to upload the file in the original size but Deviant Art rejected it because it's "too big". :frustrated: Forgive me if the text looks too small because I had to resize the tutorial image.

Hope this tutorial helps you guys. :)

Sonic drawing picture drawn by me (Sonic belongs to Sega & Sonic Team).
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Ashenwisp Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
When I multiply it and then color with the brush, the entire image gets darker, not just the lines. Any help would be greatly appreciated! :D
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FirebirdPhoenix87 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
^^; Hmmmm. Did you follow the instructions exactly?
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Ashenwisp Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
I figured the problem out! Thanks so much for the tutorial, it's perfect and exactly what I needed! <3
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FirebirdPhoenix87 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Anytime!
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Laura-Kinney Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student General Artist
After I erase a;; the white stuff of my paper and I do the steps to make my line art look like line art.
Where you set it to multiplier and make a background copy and stuff it still doesn't do the dark line art. It still is the same as before. Am I doing something wrong?
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FirebirdPhoenix87 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hmmmm. Did you erase the white background & then make a new layer, then set that new copied layer to Multiply? If so, try using the Brush & paint it black or whatever color. If this is what you did, you didn't do anything wrong.
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Laura-Kinney Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student General Artist
That's what I did.
I will try again
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FirebirdPhoenix87 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Alrighty.
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MiCkIart14 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! this look's really helpful butttt how exactly do you make the line-art in the first place???????? can it be a scan of a clean drawing with very fine-lines? because I don't get exactly how to make the line-art, like am I suppose to use tablet or draw first, use mouse? I know how to do the transparent backround and evrything tho, but I just keep geting stuck on what Im suppose to do first exactly.... Like how exactly did you get the very first picture of Sonic too begin with?
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FirebirdPhoenix87 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well I recommend a clean sketch where the lines are thick enough to not be "selected" by the program. I just get rid of the "crap" I don't need in order to make it look "clean".
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kdog111222 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
oh thx this helped me alot.......
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FirebirdPhoenix87 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
No prob.
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RelicSong1 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
what file type do you save as if you want to keep the transparency? other then a gimp file that is

wonderful tutorial very helpful :)
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FirebirdPhoenix87 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh. Well if you saved in GIMP, you can still save it as a PNG. :) I've done it before & it works.
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Voldragonatma Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Student
good
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Voldragonatma Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Student
good
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Voldragonatma Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Student
good
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MusicalFire Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my goodness, you are a genius! This works so awesome!
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FirebirdPhoenix87 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks. ^^; Hope the tutorial is very helpful.
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:iconmusicalfire:
MusicalFire Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it! It's super helpful!
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FirebirdPhoenix87 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks.
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Tsuki-Mitsu Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, amazing, thanks!
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FirebirdPhoenix87 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
No prob.
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DreamerForLife Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
very great tutorial and very helpful. and the text is perfect if I download the image. thank you very much :hug:
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FirebirdPhoenix87 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks. And you're very welcome. :) :hug: :huggle: Hope your brother finds it very useful for drawings.

Oh I almost forgot: The main drawback is that you can't use the method on notebook paper UNLESS you get rid of all the notebook lines. :(
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:icondreamerforlife:
DreamerForLife Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
i figured that. I never use notebook paper for drawings I'm gonna load here
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FirebirdPhoenix87 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah.

Can't wait to see your drawings. :)
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RaccoonShinobi Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
Great tutorial O:
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FirebirdPhoenix87 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks. Hope it helps you out.

Side note: This will not work with notebook paper. ^^; You'll have to erase ALL of the notebook lines.
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BlazeTheCatFan1995 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist
Yay! This is really helpful^^
And by the way, the Step 12 is in twice xD
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FirebirdPhoenix87 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Oops! My bad! XD

Glad it's helpful for you. :)
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