|Al's Photoshop Tutorial||Old Course (Versions 4.0 through 6.x)|
Step 4: Inking
Well, now it's time to put down the final linework. I recommend that this "inking"
process be done on the computer and not on paper, since errors will be easier to
correct and noise will not be a factor if it is done this way. There are a number of
ways that the inking can be done, and I cover a few different ways here.
- The Basics
Read this page before proceeding to the methods. This is where we'll start delving into the
controls in Photoshop, and learn about the Tools window, the Options window, the Brush window,
and the Color Picker.
- The Pen Tool Method
If you only have a mouse, you should learn this method which teaches you how to ink using
computer-assisted lines with a tool called the Pen Tool. It's also good for long, flowing
lines that would be hard to draw correctly with a freehand tool.
- The Freehand Method
If you have a drawing tablet, a very percise mouse, or some other input device that
you're very comfortable with, you can try to draw some or all of the lines freehand.
- The Pressure-Sensitive Method
Some drawing tablets have the ability to tell how hard the user is pressing with the
stylus, which can be channeled into line thickness.