English illustrator Sarah Wade shows us how to “colour” with a digital brush

Children’s book illustrator and surface pattern designer Sarah Wade of Design House Studios in Ipswich,  England has put together a short Photoshop tutorial for us. We’ll get right to work with it in a minute. But first let’s meet the two characters she’ll feature in her tutorial. Hey Pretty Kitty from Sarah Wade on Vimeo. A Short Photoshop Tutorial:  Colouring up line art Pictures and text by Sarah Wade 1.) Create your line art and scan at 300 dpi. I tend to use fine liners on layout paper to create my illustrations. Layout paper allows you to trace up consistent elements within a series of illustrations. This works really well if you are animating characters. 2.) Import the scanned image into Photoshop. Make sure that the image is CMYK.  Image > Mode> CMYK Adjust the contrast and brightness of your image to ensure that you have a crisp white background and solid black line work – this will make it easier for you to select areas when colouring up. Image > Adjustments > Brightness / Contrast Also remove any marks and blemishes that might have appeared during the scanning process. You will need to select the Eraser Tool to do this. 3.) Using the Magic Wand tool, select the area that you would like to colour first. You can hold down the shift key to select multiple areas. Adjusting...

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