Digital Techniques: Video Tutorial #3

Many people have asked me how I create Zorphbert and Fred. Well, it’s been along winding process over the years, and I am always one to embrace the latest fad in technology (must be that gene passed down from my mom and grandfather). Currently, I am 100% digital, from sketch to finish. But it didn’t start out that way. You can read though an overview I wrote HERE, to get an idea of the full evolution. In this series I plan to take you through my evolution step by step, from fountain pens to my Tablet PC.  No matter where you are in the spectrum of digitally creating comics, these tutorials may be able to help you find a process that works for you!

Episode #3: Using Live Paint in Illustrator

  • Vector inks and colors
  • In tandem with Live Trace
  • dropping in colors by point-and-clicking
  • Gap Detection and options
  • Using the knife tool to carve out shapes

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  1. I have removed Illustrator from my workflow, but this has me re-thinking. I would like to make coloring “less of a headache” which it is becoming in Photoshop alone.
    Thanks for doing this Dawn, keep up the great work.

    • In the past I debated which was better.. PS and AI each have their strengths… but for my sleek flat-color style, Illustrator works just fine. I know a few people that switch between the 2– AI for the sleek lineart, and then import into PS for colors with lots of depth.

      Thanks Tim, try out this technique and let us know what you thought!

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