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Crash Course Guides to GIMP - Sketch to Lineart by Mr-Glaceon Crash Course Guides to GIMP - Sketch to Lineart by Mr-Glaceon
This is a guide I wrote today when I discovered how to easily transform my scanned drawings into readily usable line art in GIMP. I couldn't find a tutorial like this before when I tried to find one on Google, so I hope this proves useful to anyone trying to give their sketches a little digital flare. ^^

While I know that you can easily color on top of a sketch with a multiply layer, you are otherwise left to clean up all the noise and eraser smudges from the paper if all you wanted was the line art. This method will allow you to extract only the lines from the scan and not have to worry about manually cleaning up anything. This should work for either inked or penciled sketches just fine.

Although the 2.8 version of GIMP is used for this tutorial, it should be generalized enough to work with the 2.6 version as well.

Tutorial and art by :iconjohnluke728:, OC designs featured from a request by =Caipryss

Finished Version of the piece used in this tutorial : [link]
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kawaii-alpacasso Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
eeeeeee thank you so much!!
I don't have Sai or PS and every other tutorial on lineart is for those two...
DOMO ARIGATOU GOZAIMASU 
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Mr-Glaceon Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. ^o^ It's a lot easier to transform your sketches, or inked traditional drawings, into digital lines than other tutorials let on. Any art program with alpha locking, contrast/brightness and HSV adjustment can do this.
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revengex360 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The scanned thing , can you make it 100% digitally!!! I mean with all the digital pencils , right!!!??? Isn't that what all you GIMP users do!!!???
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Mr-Glaceon Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The digital pencil brushes in GIMP aren't that great for emulating organic brush strokes. I've only seen good pencil brushes in Krita's brush engine, and that has some limitations as well.

So this tutorial exists to extract only the pencil lines from the paper, instead of needing to clean up the noise around it too, and this should work for extracting traditional ink lines as well.
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RavenPl13 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
GOD! I've finally found a tutorial that provided me with all the data I needed! :la: You're fantastic, wonderfull and brilliant all at once! Words cannot describe how grateful I am. :tighthug:
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Mr-Glaceon Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, you're welcome. ^o^ I'm glad you found it useful. ^^
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Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Nice tut! Thank you for sharing! :D
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Mr-Glaceon Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. ^^ Glad you found it useful. XD
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FractalBee Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Thank you! :clap: :D
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Mr-Glaceon Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. ^_^
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