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Photoshop Action: separate lines from BG by eamilia Photoshop Action: separate lines from BG by eamilia
Oops I made this thing a year back and shared it on my tumblr but completely forgot I could submit it here too...

Anyway, this is a shortcut for "separating" your traditional lines (such as sketches or inked lineart) from white background for easy digital coloring. The download button is on the right, if this is your first time downloading stuff from dA.

Let me know if something is wonky, I've never uploaded a photoshop action on dA before!

A few notes:

  • The shortcut is ctrl+F10.
  • It's advised that you prep your scanned file a bit before executing the action (mainly fixing the black/white levels), anything you'd normally do before starting to colour.
  • Uses fill, so your lines will be your foreground colour. You can go back and change the color using blending modes, locking the layer and filling it, or whatever your preferred method is. You can even use gradients and textures in your lines.
  • Will only hide your original layer, not delete it, in case you still need it.
  • The action assumes that your lines/sketch is still on the background layer (so it’s possible to process multiple pictures on one go) -  if this is not the case you’ll get a pop-up that says "The object background is not currently available", but you don’t need to care about it.
  • How to install actions.
  • Feel free to use for commercial and/or noncommercial work.
  • Feel free to share and modify it more to your liking. Reuploading is alright as long as you won't profit off of it.
  • No credit necessary, but it's appreciated. c:
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:iconormoeu:
ormoeu Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing! :)
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:iconeamilia:
eamilia Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
No problem! : D
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:icontaiyuejie:
TaiYueJie Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Thank you!! XD
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:iconeamilia:
eamilia Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
No problem! : D
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:iconaillance:
Aillance Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing!! xD
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:iconeamilia:
eamilia Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
no problem! c:
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:iconwolfhikari:
WolfHikari Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Student Artist
Wow! Thank you!
This really helps me alot as someone how can't handle tablets..
Really! Thank You!
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:iconeamilia:
eamilia Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
Thank you for the kind words! I'm really glad to hear the action is useful. : D
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:iconwolfhikari:
WolfHikari Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Student Artist
I am the one who should be thankful though. And I am pretty sure, I am not the only one who would totally appreciate this. You should held high for this since I found it via japanese website who promoting it.
(not sure if that was you though...)

I don't know how many thanks should I put, but really. I can't help but saying thanks! ><
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eamilia Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
Awww man I don't know what to say! Thanks for telling me where you found this, I was kinda wondering where did all these people suddenly come from, heh. : D
But seriously, I appreciate that you took the time to tell me you're using the action! 
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WolfHikari Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Student Artist
don't mention it, it's a lifesaver. Really!
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:iconamiah112:
amiah112 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
Thank you for sharing :-) 
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:iconeamilia:
eamilia Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
No problem, glad if it's useful! : D
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:iconchrisgraph:
chrisgraph Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
Thank you :-)
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:iconeamilia:
eamilia Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
Much welcome! c:
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