Inking Tutorial With Photoshop17

Make line art is a tricky business, especially if you don’t use Wacom tablet. In this tutorial I am presenting how to inking with Path tool and brush tool to achieve G-Pen looks. The tutorial is pretty straightforward, before you begin it’s important you already familiar with Path tool works. Lets start.

Step 1: Preparing the sketch for Inking

I am going to use this sketch for our very first tutorial. Choose yours, and make sure you image mode is in Grayscale.

Sketch used for inking

The sketches is quite messy, it’s hard to see the important lines. Lets clean it up. I am always using Level (CMD/CTRL + L). Drag the 3 slider until your image doesn’t have any gray left. Feel free to copy the number (108, 1.00,229), but your result may vary.

Cleaning up sketches

Step 2: Inking Layer

Make a new layer, in this tutorial i named the ink layer INK. You can name the ink layer to any name you wish.

New layer

Step 3: Brush option

Now, choose Brush tool (B). Open up Brush Preset Palette. I am usually use default Brush 9 for my drawing (mostly are 300 dpi).

Make sure Shape Dynamic and Smoothing are checked. This option will make the brush stroke solid.

Brush selection

Step 4: Adjusting the Brush

Still in Brushes Preset, choose Shape Dynamic. Adjust the Minimum Diameter, this option control the brush vanishing diameter. Try slide it to left and right and watch the preview. In this tutorial I am using 42%.

Adjusting Brush

Step 5: The Path

Lets inking!! Make sure you are on INK layer. Pick Path tool, make patch by following your sketch. In the image below the inking start from her eye lash.

After you are happy with your path. Right click and choose Stroke Path. A window will appear, choose Brush on the drop down menu, and check mark Simulate Pressure.

Simulate Pressure option will make the ink stroke looks like using pen tablet with pressure. The result will be the same on any device, whether you are already using pen tablet, or ordinary mouse.

Path tool

The result.

Additional Step: More about Path

When you ended a curve path, it will have Anchor control. To remove the control, pres Alt and then click the node.

Path control

Result image below. This control will give you a sharp path, for example when you inking pointy hair.

Path Control

To make new path, open Path palette and deselect it by clicking on the spot marked as showed on image below. You also can save any paths you want, in case you want to revise your inking later.

Deselect Path

This method is commonly used by all the Petz on inking process. At first you might feel a bit hard, but when you have mastered the path, the inking process will be faster and your ink result will be as smooth as professional mangaka. Here’s the final inked image.

final image

Close up view.

Inking close up

Have a happy inking, have any question or comment? Feel free to shoot it out in our comment form below.

  • http://stucel.com Felix Widjaja

    I wish I could sketch :)
    Anyways, nice tutorial oppie

    • http://ncus.me Kuswanto

      Now you know how to ink, perhaps later you must learn how to sketch :-)

  • http://www.haneep.deviantart.com haneep

    sexy cowgirl!! :O

  • http://secretspedia.com Waseem

    Wow , this very nice tut , and very nice girl too .

    Thanks for Sharing
    .-= Waseem´s last blog ..I can’t deal with all of this at once … =-.

  • Rio

    the final result is so smooth, how long the amount time to finish this? just curious

  • http://www.clippingimages.com Shamima Sultana

    wow…nice work….

    • oppie

      wow thank you shamima :)

  • http://log.vinesa.com hyoori

    nanya dongg.. maap rada OOT.. kalo di photoshop tuh garisnya ga bisa se-solid open canvas yah? apa emang selalu burem? apa emang harus 300 dpi tiap inking? gede banget dan bakalan makan waktu lama sekali dong T_____T (btw baru tau kalau bisa pake stroke, biasanya pake fill xDDD)

  • http://ncus.me Kuswanto

    Hyoori, set the hardness slider to the fullest

  • jdack

    patience is a virtue!

  • http://ddjphotoshop.blogspot.com Dragana

    This is nice tutorial thanks for sharing!
    .-= Dragana´s last blog ..Photoshop tutorijali -promenite boju očiju =-.

  • http://www.psd-dude.com PsdDude

    Very useful tut for me!
    .-= PsdDude´s last blog ..The Mad Horror Clown =-.

  • Haszie

    Hey, thanks for the tutorial.

    Btw, how long do you usually finish inking anyway? I do believe inking using pen tool takes a very long time to finish.

  • Simon

    Nice – love the detailed walk through of the inking process. thanks, Simon at Pixmac

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  • karima

    thank you !