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Colouring the lineart - please help!

Feb 22, 2012, 17:55
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Hey.. I'd love to colour linearts with GIMP. But I have few problems. Actually only one. First my problem was that I was only allowed to use black/grey colors (so gotta change the photo as a RGB mode). Now I have new problem. You see, I've made few layers (layers for background, lineart, colors..) but when I'm trying to color the lineart (and I'm "in color layer") any of that color isn't showing? U know what I mean?

I dunno what I'm doing wrong. And I made the color layer as transpert. I don't know is the "lineart layer" transpert, but haven't seen a button where I could change its mode.

Hope you can a) understand me cuz my english sucks haha b) help me out of this problem.
Thank you so much if you guys can help me!

xx, Audrina
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Feb 22, 2012, 20:40
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RE: Colouring the lineart - please help!
one way to do it when coloring pages is to start another layer over the line art and set the layer mode to multiply (option on layers dialogue tab above your opacity meter).
Hope this helped, best of luck.

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Feb 22, 2012, 20:43 (This post was last modified: Feb 22, 2012 21:22 by ofnuts.)
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RE: Colouring the lineart - please help!
(Feb 22, 2012 17:55)Audrina. Wrote:  Hey.. I'd love to colour linearts with GIMP. But I have few problems. Actually only one. First my problem was that I was only allowed to use black/grey colors (so gotta change the photo as a RGB mode). Now I have new problem. You see, I've made few layers (layers for background, lineart, colors..) but when I'm trying to color the lineart (and I'm "in color layer") any of that color isn't showing? U know what I mean?

I dunno what I'm doing wrong. And I made the color layer as transpert. I don't know is the "lineart layer" transpert, but haven't seen a button where I could change its mode.

Hope you can a) understand me cuz my english sucks haha b) help me out of this problem.
Thank you so much if you guys can help me!

xx, Audrina
A good way to color line art is indeed to make you line art layer transparent. To make is capable of transparency, use "Layer/Transparency/Add alpha channel". If it is grayed you already have an alpha channel on the layer so it is OK. If the layer has a color besides the line art, to remove it, use Colors/Color to alpha and use the color of the background (usually, white or close to white).

Paint on a layer below the line art so that bleeds get covered by the line art. Something many people do with dark line art is to put the line art layer in "Multiply" mode (in that mode, the line art layer is indicating what should be dark under it...)

Another trick is to start with a color lighter than the one you want, use a soft brush, and put the brush itself in "multiply" mode. One single pass will do a light tint, and repeating the stroke (you have to unclick/reclick) will darken the tint.

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Feb 23, 2012, 14:23 (This post was last modified: Feb 23, 2012 14:34 by Audrina..)
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RE: Colouring the lineart - please help!
Okay thank you guys so much! Gotta try tonight once again this colouring.. Smile But thanks!

EDIT// Dmn... I tried to add this aplha channel but still doesn't work. I can honestly say that I'm complete idiot with this things. But still, I love to try it.. Oh wish somebody would be so kind to show these things with screenshots! :/
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