I see a lot of people struggling with coloring lineart, and guess what? I used to as well. I'm still not awesome at coloring, but I've discovered a secret. If you have Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, you don't have to go through a complicated process to extract the black lines from the white background! There's an action which can be found at the bottom, done by the lovely Saerina
. There may be other extraction actions (hey, that rhymes!) out there, but this is the one I'm using. SO, first things first, second things second. Quick disclaimer, if you have Photoshop CS anything, you probably won't need this guide. This guide is designed for Elements, which on the face, doesn't allow you to add actions.
Step One: Find your Adobe Folder. If you have a Windows 8 like I do, it may be in your hidden folders. So you'll want to do this.
WINDOWS 8 INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Open Control Panel
2. In the Search Bar, type File Options. Look around, and find the 'show hidden folders' check box. Check it, and hit apply. Then, hit the main files in the corner of your screen. Click "Windows (C: ) and then look for Program Data. Click on it, then open the Adobe File.
Step Two: Open the Adobe File
Step Three: Click Photoshop Elements, then your version. For me, it's 8.0
Step Four: Click Locale, then En_US.
Step Five: Click Workflow Panels, then Actions
Step Six: Copy your Action folder, or drag it into this folder.
Step Seven: Close File, then Launch Photoshop
Using your new Action!
To use your new action, open the lineart, and go into Edit: Guided Mode. Look for the action player, click the action, and then click apply action or something of the like. There you are, an extracted icon that's all done and ready to color!
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