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Tips for thin lineart by ikr Tips for thin lineart by ikr
I hope this can be helpful to anyone ^^'' Please forgive any mistakes on the text OTL

Two extra notes:

:bulletpink:VECTOR PEN

I would have liked to explain more about this tool but I think that experimenting yourself is much better. Although I would like to remark that this is really useful to draw objects or symmetric stuff. Also, I use both the brush and the vector pen to do the lineart on this video [link], in case you're interested.

:bulletpink: HIGH PASS

There's a very useful tutorial by ~hannahjenny about this filter

Thank you for reading!
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GodPrinny Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
you obviously look experienced with sai and what not. Question. Now I made a short manga and had fun line arting it and was pretty straight forward. Then noticed i did the whole thing under 72 dpi when i didnt want it to be. i then just uped all of the pages to 300 dpi. now from what I learned from school and everyone on the internet, you always draw in 300. now that I draw in 300 its harder and out of my comfort zone. Having said that wouldn't it be the same to draw regardless of size or at least a range of 9x5 - 11-7 72dp then after its finished simply just up it to 300 dpi? this may or may not be a stupid question considering i've been over thinking things all day.
AmjeAmjeAmje Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I dun get bout the last part , my lineart is still the same. T_T or maybe im just using mouse with linework layer T_T
DoodleKnots Featured By Owner Edited Mar 13, 2015
This helped me a lot with line art XD
This is my first time using vector lines and day twi with a draw tablet.
I followed this guide the best way I could and come out with this!…
I also linked your guide if that is okay.
Sharkysaur Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for making this tutorial! I will have to try to do this.
SP-Nova Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just saw this through an artist blog, and I wanted to ask how you got the addition blend mode? My folders have the same options as regular layers, but also have one called Pass Through.  Are those the exact same thing or am I missing something?
ikr Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
Maybe your SAI has a different name for it? 
It's the option right below Overlay mode…
I hope this helps ^^
SP-Nova Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhh I got it!  It's Luminosity (which kinda makes sense if you're using black lol)  I didn't know it could be used like this, thank you!
deathdollies Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great tutorial! just what I need
hyenagimmick Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How do I get the stabiliser in PS 5? 
ikr Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
PS doesn't have a stabilizer option, only SAI does =)
Penello-Meow-Meow Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What Photoshop do you use .-.?
ikr Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
CS5 ^^
Penello-Meow-Meow Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks :3
SteinsRA Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG this is the tutorial I was unconsciouslly looking for since forever. I don't know how to thank you, I'm going to use this a lot!!!!!
z32tteden Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow this has helped alot thank you SO MUCH !
Jellymii Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I'm going to try it out, because I always wanted to draw thin lines to my drawings qwq <'3
SilvueWolf Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Student Artist
Thanks for this. Drawing nice lines is impossible for me though, as proven by by one of my newer scraps done on Sketchbook Pro on a Galaxy Note tablet, so I'll probably be relying on mostly the vector pen for lines from now on.
anyafennec Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist
Thank you for the tutorial! I always have problems with lineart on the computer.
oxbabydoll Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Where'd you get the straight line & curve tools.?
Potates-Chan Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm Dead 
Oh mah gawd, thank you
Kurumufan91 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
Thank you very much! :)
KinimiHucashi Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
Thank you for this :D
irishberdie Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is helpful :-)
UsagiProjects Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like this tutorial. I have the hardest time making my line art look good. I will definitely try these tips, Thanks! ^.^
Neon-Fizz Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Literally the perfect tutorial! I've been trying to find one which explains this, this simply, forever! Thankyou!! !<3
Rosyane Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I've been looking for a tutorial like this for ages! Thank you!
Shen-fn-Woo Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
NonashuBeltaine Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Student General Artist
why can't there be any line art stuff for CS6.
AikoAkaNeko Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really useful. Thank you!
MrAnonArtist Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I've been looking for a tutorial like this for ages! Thank you!
marisuka Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Student General Artist
thank you sO MUCH FOR THIS
whitepinkrabbit Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Student General Artist
very useful information! thx a lot x)
Cute-Heart Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the tut ♥
Wonderlandskiss Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dear god you just solved all my problems thank you
KimisuSumiki Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
gracias~ podría estar en español para que  fuera mas facil para otros, pero me ha encantado thanks !
mokitodoki Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
How do we get that super smooth effect when colouring (like the hair in the last images)?? I got the Sai free trial and I'm trying to figure out how to get that quality. :/
Lorna-RoseFoX Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This helps a heap cheers :tea:
Vibrant-Snow Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Wow this is super helpful :D
FaolanEternal Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
owo this is amazing! :D:D
Guardianwarriors Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Student General Artist
How do you create a large canvas? Then how do you shrink it down? And when drawing on a large canvas, do you have to draw big so the drawing won't look tiny when you shrink the canvas, or can you draw normally?
poyopuyo Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1) if you're using SAI it should ask you what canvas size you want to use; my default canvas size is usually 3507 x 3507. 
2) if you want to shrink it, you click canvas (on the top of the program's page) and look for "Canvas Size.." 
3) lastly, if you draw on a large canvas, I usually draw my characters to fit the canvas. 
owiehowie Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
after you use he vector pen do you know how to shrink the lines if they're too thick? O:
blackLynx03 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
How do you make the folder into additional mode?
ikr Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
Wow this is really late but I still hope it helps…

Addition is the option right below the Overlay mode, maybe it has a different name in your SAI
MasuyoAraki Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student Artist
Really cool :D
I'm still a bit confused about what you did in pictures 1-3 in step 4 though ^^;
For the "multiply mode" and the "overlay+ multiply mode" did you make two completely different layers, clip them and then paint over them with lighter brown colors to change the lineart color?
KryPixelCorp Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
>u< Aprovecho de robarle un tutorial para mandar saludos. Porque na que ver un fav sin comment si ya la conozco a ud. 

Es que suelo hacer favs ninjas pero como Izu es de la casa, merece un comment :heart: 
inma Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ooooh, qué útil (*-*) Me lo grabo para tenerlo siempre :heart:
EYEDZART Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
for the layer mode and opacity part no.3..did you clipped the together?
ikr Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
It's not necessary, just having the overlay layer above the multiply layer should work ^^
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