Setting up the mode:
Since I scanned the image in grayscale. The file I'm working on in Photoshop is in grayscale mode. This means that even if I select a color like red from my swatches window, it will show up as its grey equivalent on my drawing. So I need to change it to a color mode such as "RGB". To do this, I go to: Image>>Mode>>RGB. The only change visible at this point is that the title of the window holding your drawing it will say (RGB) instead of (Grayscale). This is a good time to give the file a name and save it as a .psd file (default type). File>>Save
Setting up the sketch:
One of the nifty things about Photoshop is that you can set up layers. Right now all I have its a layer called "Background" with my sketch on it.
Before I create any new layers to work on, I need to make my sketch light blue. Why? well, when I start "inking" it will allow me to see both my black inking lines and keep track of the original sketch. I change the color like so:
I click on the layer that contains my sketch and then go to Image>>Adjustments>>Hue/Saturation. A window opens with three sliders: Hue/Saturation/Lightness.
Making sure "colorize" is selected, I move the sliders until my drawing becomes a nice and very light blue. Like this:
Now I have a nice base to start with.
Setting up your inking layer:
New layer time!
I go to: Layer>>New>>Layer. I name my layer "Inks" and leave all the other options as they are.
It is important to try and name all the layers you're using. It helps to keep track of what each layer contains. You don't have to be overly descriptive about it either, just a name that will help you remember which one is which.
Now my layers window looks like this:
Now for the most consuming part of this whole thing. You will cry, angst and curse random people who come into the room.
Well, maybe that's just me.
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