I know a lot of you are eager to get to all of the fun color stuff, but there's a few important details that we have to cover in order to make the coloring process work smoothly.
It's time to get our finished inked drawing out of Adobe Illustrator, and into Adobe Photoshop. All of the line work is going to get colored in Photoshop, and everything else will be painted in ArtRage.
Exporting artwork from Adobe Illustrator to Photoshop is pretty quick and easy, but there are a few choices you need to make to ensure a smooth transition.
Adobe Illustrator images are infinitely scalable -- in other words, they look perfectly smooth no matter how big you blow them up.
When you convert those drawings into Photoshop, you need to decide what the resolution will be, because Photoshop is a raster-based program; it sees drawings as a collection of individual pixels (pixel = "picture element") rather than mathematical vectors.
If the resolution is too low, the drawing will look bad when it gets blown up. If the resolution is too high, the file size will become too big to work with. I find that 300 ppi (pixels per inch) is a happy medium.
If you want to keep your layers separated, make sure to export to the Photoshop format. There's also a checkbox that appears during the conversion process which will ask you if you want to preserve the layers.
Finally, one of the most important options is whether or not to use antialiasing. When a smooth vector drawing gets converted to a bitmap/raster-based program like Photoshop, you may want to have the edges smoothed out to give your line work a softer edge. Antialiasing is not a good choice when coloring cartoon and comic book style line work.
Say "no" to anti-aliasing.
Just say no.
The next two Photoshop tutorial videos will be showing all the step by step techniques I use to digitally color line art in Photoshop!
It's gonna be quick and easy, and I'll show you all my oddball shortcuts!
If you're just joining us,
here is the COMPLETE list of all eleven
Adobe Illustrator Cartoon Inking
Here is the YouTube version if you have trouble viewing the BIG high-resolution video at the top of the page...