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Adobe Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Lineart/ Color by painted-flamingo Adobe Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Lineart/ Color by painted-flamingo
I've been wanting to do an Elements tutorial for a while now because when I started using it I had a hard time finding any tutorials. It took me way longer to find out there is a VERY easy way to color in Elements too, and this is the thing I hope most people get from the tutorial because it will save you a lot of time, especially if you don't have a tablet.

To learn around canvas sizing, getting crisp lineart, and tablet/ brush settings please see my other PSE tutorial : painted-flamingo.deviantart.co…

So just some notes:

-You DON'T need a tablet for any of these steps
-Blue lines point out certain tools and things for that step
-This is a very simple tutorial
-This is just the way I do things, I'm not saying its the right or best way, its just what I use and it works best for me
-I used adobe PS elements version 8, it will likely work for other versions and other programs (like PS)
-If you want to add a background to your piece, just create a new layer UNDER your color (locked layer) and create away!

-an alternate to the "if you have any sections that have color that you want to be transparent" is to right click on the sections and select "add to selection." The step must be done BEFORE selecting the inverse.


Now please give me any questions you have. I tried to make this extremely easy to follow, so let me know if it is not. If there are typos, sorry but I flattened it to save space so won't be able to fix.


I'D LOVE TO SEE YOUR WORK! If you use this please link me to what you've created so I can fave it! No need to link back or anything unless you want to. All I ask is that you don't steal the tutorial itself
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LayBooLa Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh meh God! YOU HAVE SAVED MY LIFE!!!
NO ONE ever does the really simple PSE tutorials about the things we ALL have trouble with at the beginning, I SERIOUSLY CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH!!!

And now if you'll excuse me, I am going to go see if I can follow your very simple and incredible instructions without messing up. 
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painted-flamingo Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
These kind of comments make me so happy! PSE is a great program but its features are not very obvious. I have been meaning to do more of the basics tutorials, going to try to work on some today. 

And if you have any questions along the way feel free to ask here (:
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:iconlayboola:
LayBooLa Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I messed up 😟
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:iconpainted-flamingo:
painted-flamingo Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
Oh no! Well at what point?
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LayBooLa Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The colouring *grimace*
It left the largest section uncoloured. 
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painted-flamingo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
did you make sure to select inverse? Make sure no breaks in outline? Take a screenshot of where you are at and I can try and help
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LayBooLa Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I deleted the picture. It was a really sucky frog that I drew just to practice. 

I clicked select inverse, I went over the whole thing and made sure there were no line breaks but it still didn't work! *sulks in corner* These things never work for me...
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painted-flamingo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
When you used the magic want tool to select, were you clicked onto the lineart layer? Did you see a little fuzzy line surrounding your lineart after you clicked?
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MyNameisKudos Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the help
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painted-flamingo Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
sure thing glad to help!
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MyNameisKudos Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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ThePurpleKieen Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Holy shit this amazing. You are amazing. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
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painted-flamingo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
ahaha so glad it helped!
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witchguy24 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
OMG YOU SAVED ME! I have photoshop elements 9 and also corel painter essentials 4 i understand somewhat of the corel but even outlining on photoshop killed me thanks!
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painted-flamingo Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
glad to help!!
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destinedMagikarps Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
excuse me while i love you forever
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painted-flamingo Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
:lol: 
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Super-nerdy-girl Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you do the lineart? because I don't think there's a pen stabilizer in photoshop elements... is there a line tool?
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painted-flamingo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Nope I do it freehand, just lots of practice to make smooth lines. There are some things that will help with your lines though- I need to make quick tutorial for that some time
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Super-nerdy-girl Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh okay, thanks for letting me know because I spent like half an hour trying to find the pen stabilizer.
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avyhannah Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
You are now my favorite person on this planet. :nods:
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painted-flamingo Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
:giggle: :iconsmilesplz:
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Oldsoul-Mira Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student General Artist
oh my gawd. the lock thing.
my life is so much easier now. thank you Worship 
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painted-flamingo Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
haha yay mission accomplished! 
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DrawingPirate Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work, I'll have to try this out and see how it cuts down on the time it takes to make something. Never knew about this and this is the first PSE8 tutorial I've seen, thanks.
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painted-flamingo Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
hope it helps!
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xXWisegirliamnotXx Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this! Before, when I used photoshop to lineart and color, it took me over two days. But thanks to this, I cut it down into a little over four hours! thankyouthankyouthankyou!!
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painted-flamingo Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
oh gosh seeing comments like this makes me so happy! I'm so glad to be able to help :la:
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Halo923 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This was absoposilutely perfect. Thanks so much! Frozen - HUG! 
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painted-flamingo Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
so glad it helped! :hug:
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flibbertigibbet-esq Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student General Artist
THANKUSOMUCHOHMYGLAMP!
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painted-flamingo Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
hehe you're welcome :lol:
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Mariampura Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
OH, SO THAT HOW IT WORKS
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painted-flamingo Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
:iconlightbulbplz: :lol:
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Mariampura Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Thank you ;w; A LOT :iconbrohugplz:
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:iconpainted-flamingo:
painted-flamingo Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
happy to help! I'm working on a new tutorial for painting in PS elements :)
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Mariampura Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
YESH~! ^W^
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Mariampura Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Thank you, a lot (sorry for two comments, my pc commented without my permission .w.)
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coyotees Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Thanks so much for this! I would have no idea what to do without this :XD:
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painted-flamingo Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
aw yay so glad it help!
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krystalfan-2 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
I think this is the only Elements tutorial here. I had to use a CS (or something, I don't remember) tutorial to figure out how to fill in my work. I got so confused about locking the pixels XD

I never knew about contracting the lineart :noes: I will have to test that out the next time I'm on Elements.
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painted-flamingo Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
I'm still shocked at how many people have looked at this, so I guess its testament to the real lack of elements tutorials because this one it not that great D: But I'm very glad it helps people.

I see the real need for more elements tutorials, and I'm happy to do more. This one was really just to show how locking transparency works and some little tips like the contracting (which works great, you'll love it haha). I think I'd like to make a detailed ones about all the different tools, then specific ones for lining, painting, ect.
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krystalfan-2 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Even the Help for Elements isn't all that great, either. Because there isn't that many out there, it's going to get a ton of hits ;)

There needs to be so many more! CS has more tools, so when you look for Elements, you'll get confused and frustrated when trying to use tutorials. And your tutorials are very easy to understand and use, so it'll really help us Element users out.
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CHR0M0PH0BIC Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANKYOU.
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painted-flamingo Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
haha you're welcome :lol:
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CandyKnickerbocker Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Nice tut, however what I'm looking to learn is how to do the linework, not the colouring. Do you have a tut for that? In this one, all you say is 'create your linework'. I don't know how to do that. ty
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painted-flamingo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Thank you :) I don't have one because I really don't do anything special for my lines, but I'm happy to do a little tutorial with my settings if you like. Do you have a tablet?
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CandyKnickerbocker Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Yes, I do, its a Bamboo, not very accurate unfortunately which is why I find it so difficult to get the lines clean. Thanks
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Copper-Viper Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Can I just say that you are a lifesaver? This works great with photoshop 9.
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painted-flamingo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
aw so glad you found this useful!
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