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Smooth Lines Tutorial - Photoshop CS5 by TheJiggyMonster Smooth Lines Tutorial - Photoshop CS5 by TheJiggyMonster
Tutorial of how I make my lines so smooth in Photoshop CS5.

I am not sure if this works in any other versions of Photoshop, but there is probably a similar process.

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Please comment below if you have any questions!


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:iconthejadedjay:
TheJadedJay Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
Hi there. This tutorial worked for me once, but now the lines won't fill. I re-followed this to the T, but the path lines just won't fill. Do you have any idea why this might be?
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Tuulihaukka Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist
This was a life saver, at least for a photoshop beginner! thanks so much :happybounce: 
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Mimiycha Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a problem. i work with Ps CS6 and after i did all of this the lines are not smooth and they have some kind of grey outline that makes it look horrible. i selected black colour but it doesnt work. please help :(
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TheJiggyMonster Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could you provide me a screenshot with what you're experiencing?
-Jiggy
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Shanachie-fey Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
gonna try this out on my next work. Thank you so much!!!
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Iskari Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
So glad this was here!
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Whispering-Fairy Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was looking for a way to make smoother looking lines for a while now and I just came across this! Thank you so much for posting such a wonderful tutorial! I really find this helpful and useful. :D

Thank you! ~
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:iconthejiggymonster:
TheJiggyMonster Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! I'm glad it helps.
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Easily-Distracted-15 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you know how I could do this in photoshop elements 8? There is no "paths" tab (that I can find) :(
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TheJiggyMonster Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry for the late reply!
I'm not entirely sure that there are paths included in Photoshop Elements, or at least this feature of the paths tool.
I suggest looking online for any helpful tips!
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Easily-Distracted-15 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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GilmourApatosaur Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awesome! I need to practice my lineart more often.
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BaneOfTerrents Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this helped me with my most recent piece. thanks alot! :D
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TheJiggyMonster Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem, glad it could help!
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alphabetsoup314 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting. I know GIMP has something similar to this, but not sure whether or not it will do exactly the same thing. I will have to mess around and see what happens. 
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TheJiggyMonster Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Let me know if you can find a similar way to do this in GIMP! I'd love to know how. :D
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alphabetsoup314 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright, after some experimentation, I've discovered that it's pretty much the same thing up until the part where you are converting the selection to a path. You go to the Paths tab like in this tutorial, and then.....

1. Look for the button that says Selection to Path (in roughly the same area as shown in this tutorial), and hold SHIFT while clicking that button. 
2. This opens a window with a bajillion slider bars. The value you want to edit is named Error Threshold; set it to 2-4 pixels like in this tutorial. Click OK. 
3. Now you have a path named Selection. Unfortunately, GIMP will not let you fill a path directly, so you have to turn this path back into a selection. Still in the Paths tab, click the button called Path to Selection
4. Choose the bucket fill tool. Under Tool Options for the bucket fill, you may want to have Fill whole selection checked, just to make lining several disconnected objects easier. (Tool Options is most likely docked under the Toolbox; if not, go to Windows -> Dockable Dialogs -> Tool Options)
5. Fill the selection with black. 
6. Turn off your selections/paths/whatever and tada!

(written out for the benefit of anybody else reading the comments)
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XepherXV Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
hey, tried you method, since i cant get it to work in PS, the only issue is, since it was drawn in PS, the lines are anti aliased, but selecting the RGB (even with transparency) does not include the AA bits, do you have any fixes?
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TheJiggyMonster Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll make sure to keep this on the deviation for gimp users! Thank you so much, you're much more experienced with gimp than I am! :D
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alphabetsoup314 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem :D After seeing such a neat trick, I just had to see if I could reproduce it.
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plooshkin Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for this. I usually have to mess around in Illustrator. This might make it much easier :)
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TheJiggyMonster Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Let me know if you need any help, eh? :D
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plooshkin Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'll try it out for my next drawing and let you know how it went... Unless I throw my laptop out the window, of course :)
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YukiNoKokoro Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student General Artist
thank you very much!

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TheJiggyMonster Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope it helps!
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boneguts Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is actually really cool! I'll have to give it a go. I hate doing lineart because of how hard it is to get it to look neat, so I'll give it a try next time I draw something with thicker lines. :>
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TheJiggyMonster Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd love to see it!
I find that if you make your picture pretty big with fairly thick lines it works best, so don't be afraid to use the entire page! :D
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Lakeguts Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you ;u;
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TheJiggyMonster Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh no problem! :D
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RedLittleDevil Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dude..dude..DUDE YOU ARE A GENIUS THANK YOU
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TheJiggyMonster Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I literally can't live without this cheat ok.
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RedLittleDevil Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can understand why, my poor litte bro has trouble with messy lines (he's just starting to learn), if he had something to smooth out his lines it would be a life saver for him. I should show him this 8D
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Insanus-Draconem Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
OMFG THANK YOU
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TheJiggyMonster Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AHHHHHH :heart:
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013   General Artist
How cool! :la:
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rickwang Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Wow, I'll try it, thanks.
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TheJiggyMonster Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Let me know how it turns out! :D
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