So many people write and ask how I color my cartoons that I have decided to give a short demonstration of my method in these pages. (update: the methods below were initially created using older versions of software and may be outdated on your system) To warn you...I do not consider myself a Photoshop "guru" by any stretch of the imagination, and I am sure that there are many other ways of getting the same results as I do here. But this is the most versatile and convenient for me. I encourage you to try it and decide if it works for you. The equipment and software I use is a MacPro, a Wacom Intuos graphics tablet, with Photoshop and Illustrator CS3. Yes, it's a bit of overkill for 72 dpi web graphics, but I do print work also. To start, I draw my cartoons by hand and then scan them using Adobe Photoshop. This creates a pixel-based image which I then clean-up a bit before I convert it to line art (a vector based format) using Illustrator's Live Trace and save it in Adobe Illustrator EPS format. Most of the time I will also clean up the cartoon even more in Illustrator, straightening lines, rounding curves, knocking out holes, etc. Then I fire up Photoshop again and open the Illustrator file as an RGB image.

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Photoshop rasterizes the vector image as it imports and turns it back into a pixel-based image. Since most of my cartoons are for use on the web, I import and color them at 72 dpi. I check the box labeled "constrain proportions" and try to keep the largest dimension around 200 pixels. Notice anti-aliasing is on too. This will smooth round edges, eliminating any 'stair-step' or 'jaggies'.


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