|To use Painter's Cartoon Cel
Fill method with line art that has non-closed areas,
or gaps, first use the following steps:
Open your Line Art image. (Bear with me and pretend this is your
line art.) ;o)
In the File menu, choose Clone. Save the Clone/copy
with a new file name, then close the original Line Art image
to leave it unaltered.
Working on the renamed copy of your original Line Art image, Select,
(or Ctrl/Command+A), hold
down the Alt key, and click twice somewhere on the image
with the Layer Adjuster tool. This makes duplicates of the Line
Art on two Layers.
In the Layers list, double-click the upper duplicate Layer
and rename it
"Gap Repair". Then double-click
the lower duplicate Layer and rename it
"Master Line Art".
Click to close
the "Master Line Art" Layer's Eye Icon and Lock Icon.
the Canvas' Eye Icon.
With the "Gap Repair" Layer highlighted in the Layers
list, zoom in and, using one of the Pen Brush variants,
paint with black to close gaps in the areas that will be filled
with separate colors. Be sure to paint these gap repair lines so that
their inner edges define the Filled color outer edges exactly where you
want them to be.
With the "Gap Repair" Layer still highlighted in the Layers
list, in the Select menu, use Auto Select, Using:
Image Luminance, then in the Select menu, choose Save Selection
and accept New. (This is named New Mask 1.)
Click to close the "Gap Repair" Layer's Eye Icon and Lock
With the Selection still active (a double row of marching ants
all around the line work), click Canvas in the Layers list
to highlight it then click the Eye Icon to open
the Paint Bucket tool to open the Mask Threshold dialog box,
move the Mask Threshold slider to 50%, then click the OK
With the Paint Bucket tool still active, in the Controls:Paint
Bucket palette, choose Cartoon Cel from the What to Fill:
drop down list and Current Color from the Fill With: drop
Choose a color, then click in one of the enclosed areas with the Paint
Bucket tool to Fill it.
to check the edges and if they're not solid color all the way up
to the black lines, adjust the Mask Threshold slider by moving
it slightly to the left, then click with the Paint Bucket
tool again, in the same enclosed area to Fill it. (The more
to the left the Mask Threshold slider is moved, the greater the
area that's filled.
If it's moved all the way to
the left, it may fill the entire Canvas, past the lines.)
Once the Mask Threshold is set and the first enclosed area is filled
properly, choose another color and Fill the next enclosed area.
Continue until all of your enclosed areas are filled with color.
Use Ctrl/Command+D to deselect the Selection.
and check the color where it filled in the line gaps. If you notice that
a few of the pixels are grey or black, click the Pen brush, choose
the 1-pixel variant, use Ctrl/Command+Click to pick the Fill
color, and click the grey or black pixels to change them to the appropriate
color. If the filled gap doesn't quite align with the outside of your black
lines, paint in the pixels to make it align. This should be very minor
touch up if you painted in the black line gaps carefully in Step 7.
You may also notice that, where the color filled the enclosed areas, some
of the black lines' edges are looking pretty scrappy. Don't worry about
that. Just do the next step and they'll look fine again.
In the Layers list, highlight the "Master Line Art" Layer
and click the Eye Icon and Lock Icon to open them.
The background will be white. This is another thing not to worry about.
Just do the next step.
Click the Layer Adjuster tool and, in the Controls: Adjuster
palette, choose Multiply from the Composite Method drop down
list. This makes the "Master Line Art" Layer's white
background transparent so you can see the colored Canvas.
Now your original clean black line
work is covering any flaws made in the line work on the Canvas due
to filling with color. Your underlying color work is all done and you can
proceed to add highlights by whatever method works best for you. It could
be by making selections on new Layers and filling them, or it could
be by painting on new Layers. Whatever works for you is the best
Let me know if this method helps
you get your work done faster and especially if you find anything in the
tutorial that needs fixing. Thanks, and...