Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy 4th of July

This picture isn't all that patriotic ( it?) but at least the color scheme is. This was an early experiment with Photoshop, scanning a small story-skectch-sized meeting doodle and trying to figure out how to add color.


Pete Emslie said...

I remember when I first got Photoshop and was trying in vain to figure out how to create a transparent layer that would just show my scanned in line art as opaque. There seemed to be absolutely no info on how to do this in any of the Photoshop manuals, as they only seem to consider photographers as their clientele, ignoring illustrators' needs entirely. Fortunately, a friend of mine showed me how to accomplish it using the channels feature in addition to layers. Frankly, I have no idea how anybody could figure it out on their own through trial and error, but I guess most people are more computer-savvy than I'll ever be. I wrote down my friend's instructions step-by-step, and I find I still have to refer to them in order to have it work right.

Once one knows the secret, it is terrific being able to mimic what one used to do on acetate cels, painting on a second Photoshop layer underneath the one with the line art in order to keep the lines cleanly visible. I have used this approach on many of the books I've illustrated for Disney, creating mock cels containing the character art that I can then place on top of a layer featuring my scanned in, but hand-painted backgrounds. It looks damn close to the actual movie this way.

goldenrusset said...

hey Will, thanks for the kind words about Chubby Dee, it's cool to know savy industry people are positive about it. I shall be linking you! ...though i fear my blog goes unnoticed.
i looked around here and saw the letter from Ward Kimball. very inspirational stuff. do you mind if i show it to my fellow animators at work?.. it would be a good thing to post on the kitchen wall. :)

Forbes Browne said...

Layers are wonderful things. Layers and the safety net of saving regularly allow you limitless opportunities to experiment freely. How liberating!

Michael J. Ruocco said...

I'm just starting to get into Photoshop. I tried just experimenting with it, but there are so many switches, settings & such that I'm ll befuddled by it.

I went out & got one of those "Total Training" DVDs. Boy are they a handy crutch! Hopefully I'll integrate Photoshop into my art (or vice versa) soon.

Kevin said...