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Illustrator Inking - Tutorial by Lizkay Illustrator Inking - Tutorial by Lizkay
woah.. I think I already started this two months ago? ^^;
anyway, a rough overall view on how I do my Illustrator resp. Vector inkings. Basic steps as well as this one Pathfinder trick ;)

It's complicated on a few edges but I do hope it is understandable, if you have any questions just ask :D

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JMK-Prime Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student General Artist
The only mistake you made was misspelling menu. Paragraph 3 line 7.
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SidiMoro Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
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JMK-Prime Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Here is the perfect liner tutorial I am looking for but I will also like to have the Adobe Photoshop tutorial for coloring, tinting, shadowing and metal reflection. Please!
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Lizkay Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
digital inking (with shading in Photoshop): [link]
and reflections done in Photoshop: [link]
and there are a few more, all can be found in my tutorial gallery ;): [link]
hope that was helpful :D
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JMK-Prime Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student General Artist
thank you. Finally I can use this method not only for TFA but also for my other art concepts
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melsr007 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist
Cool this will help me out a lot :wow:
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DinoLover09 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Question: why just the pen tool? I use the pencil.
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Lizkay Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's just one out of hundreds of techniques explained how you can draw an outline in Illustrator ;)
still open to everyone's personal preference how to actually do it in the end :) I work with the pencil tool as well, but mostly choose this technique
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AngelPony99 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your tutorial.It is very helpful for me.
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sharpersuperdude Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
My silent cries for help have just been... silenced? :p Great tut!
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PrettyGore Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanx for this tutorial, very helpful :)
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patpeeves Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
Thanks for this tut
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MidnightRocker2 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
thanks for posting it really helps :D
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animegirl007 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Thanks for the help :nod:
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NeroBlade Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
like it:woohoo:
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kirstle Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool tutorial, really easy to follow, thanks!
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Jjiyo Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
Thank you for your tutorial.
Very useful! XD
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diva42 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ty for this tut I am brand new to illustrator and need all the help I can get.
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monkeyemoness Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Waaaaah! Thanks!
I really needed this!
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wackakarl Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
I love you!
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Lizkay Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
^^
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Omega208 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one is very helpful, Im still a beginner of AI, thanks!
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karulox Featured By Owner May 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thx :D great idea
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SiSero Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
this is such a GREAT tutorial! so easy to understand but...some how the inking isn't working for me on my program :( please help me? i'm not sure what i'm doing wrong.

1.)when i click on "file", the option "place" is grey.
2.)when i click on "object", the option "lock" is grey.

(not sure if this means anything or not)

3.) i try to do what you said for the inking, click and hold down the mouse key etc. to create a curved line, and then a bar should appear that will allow me to adjust the curved line. when i do this, no curved line appears, instead only the bar appears.

could you please tell me what i'm doing wrong?

thank you so MUCH!! again, this is a wonderfully helpful tutorial!
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Lizkay Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Heya!
hmm, I will get through your problems and try to get them solved.
1.) you need to open either a document or make a new one (blank page) to place something, if you try to place something and the background of the program is gray you don't have a open Illustrator document where you can place anything into. The same might happen if you have a vector drawn already and have that selected when you want to place something, but I am not 100% about that.

2.) you need to select either a vector, a group or a placed object to lock it, completely, means, use the black cursor. It is possible to lock the object if only a few points are selected though.. but the result is not what's needed for this tutorial ;)

3.) Hmm, if the bar, I mean this line with the two circles, appears, there is a curve, possible that there is no color selected for it, check the two boxes in the menue-bar under the tools there should be a box one and a frame one, be sure that the frame is set to black or any color at all (no red line crossing it)

Do hope that helps you, there are some other things that might cause these problems too, I need to get through it in more detail then ;)
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BenWolfson Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
One of the big deals I've had in AI is, when inking, I do one line and the program decides to curve it for me. I tried what you said - I did a line, then when it got curved I clicked on the last point then on the one where everything went wierd. But instead I cant get it to stop DELETING points. It straightens things out after that, but I'd like to keep the point. Making 'sacrificial' points doesn't seem to help, either.
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Lizkay Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
hmm... I didn't change any settings in my AI, this is the default setting of the curve, if I draw a curve and don't want it to continue automatically with a curve again I click on the end point which only "ends" the curve mode, if I click again on that point it gets deleted. You can only do that with your last set point though! If you have a curve with let's say 4 points and you decide later on that the 2nd point has a curve you don't want, and you click on it, it either creates a straight corner or edge out of it or deletes it, if you draw a point, a curve and than a point just click on that last drawn point again and it should work ;)
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AxleGrease-75 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
Well, I'm trying to make a lineart on Illustrator
Thanks for this tutorial!
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TF-Wheelie-Hornet Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Well... I do it the old fashioned way. I use the black pen and then after scanning the pic, I increase the contrast and the brightness until the penciled version is gone and the inked finish remains.
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Lizkay Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
to digitalize traditional inked drawings you can also use the Channel Marking method if you have Photoshop, ;) that makes it easy to keep the lines stay "soft" on their borders, and you don't need to redraw them digital or change the contrast.
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TF-Wheelie-Hornet Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
I use GIMP so I have some tricks I use :)
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cadi08 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
very helpful tutorial :nod:
definately going to use it
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sahyr90 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
o nice it looks like bleedman art
if you don't know him then visit him
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wufrank Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks great tutorials
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drift-Angel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
can I have permission to post it in sigresource.com and tutorial-place.com? with a link back to your DA?
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Lizkay Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
If it's for non-commercial purposes you can share it as you like ;)
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drift-Angel Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
don't worry and I will provide a link back to your DA :)
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SilverMillieum Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
Woo! More tuts! *reads* Can you do this in Photoshop as well, or just Illustrator?
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Lizkay Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Photoshop offers a pen tool as well, but it works different and doesn't allow some of the options I mentioned. ;)
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SilverMillieum Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008
Ah, okay :D thanks :)
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thunderfox5 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
I would probably do a better work working on ilustrator... But I don't own a license. So I have to settle for Photoshop, GIMP and Inkscape.

Nice tutorial though :)
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Pervs Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2008
What version of Illustrator are you using, and could I bittorrent it?
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Lizkay Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I use CS2 but all versions from 9.0 up should have the options I explained ;)
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Kordyne Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008
I learned all this junk in college and swiftly forgot it some time later. Thanks for the memory refresh! :)
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Rees3 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008
Sounds like a bit more complicated than traditional inking, isn't it :) But I think effect is much cleaner. Gotta try out Illustrator one day.
Thanks for doing this, Likay. As always 100% professionalism :)
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Lizkay Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Oh it is... eats a lot of my nerves whenever I start to ink something that way :XD: but it still has it's own type of advantages ;)

Thanks a lot! :w00t:
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stuartthomasart Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008
An excellent, in-depth tutorial. Gonna give it a go...
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Lizkay Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thankie! :D

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theneopetmaster Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
That looks really complicated but it really impresses me :nod::D
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OspreySoul Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Just a question- do you put the lines on a separate layer from the sketch?
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