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J. Jacques
Probably the #1 question I get asked about my drawing process these days is "what is that thing you do where the colors go all crazy?" Well that is the BPelt color flatting plugin for Photoshop, and I made a video that shows how to use it!


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[User Picture]From: bonnie_rocks
2010-02-28 08:50 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...the video stops before any colors are applied...

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[User Picture]From: bmh4d0k3n
2010-02-28 09:07 pm (UTC)
It did that for me, too. Try reloading? I ended up getting the whole thing (I skipped to where it cut off).
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[User Picture]From: i_b_d_e_man
2010-02-28 09:00 pm (UTC)
All I can see is a black rectangle instead of a (I'm assuming) video window.
Running Firefox 3.0.18 on XP Pro.
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[User Picture]From: bmh4d0k3n
2010-02-28 09:10 pm (UTC)
Huh, I'm running Firefox 3.5.8, and it's working for me.
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[User Picture]From: legal_larceny
2010-02-28 09:27 pm (UTC)
I can't see the end of the video. :(
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[User Picture]From: arekuchan
2010-02-28 09:39 pm (UTC)
Very handy! Thanks for the video. I'll have to check out BPELT for when I color line drawings.
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[User Picture]From: madchenderg
2010-02-28 10:31 pm (UTC)
Also chiming in with "Can't watch it". Video stops around 2:30 just as you say 'So now we have two layers'.

Oh, also: Firefox 3.5.8 and the latest adobe flash plug-in. XP Pro. Hmm, also tried turning off Ad-Block, which didn't change anything.
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[User Picture]From: slr2moons
2010-02-28 11:02 pm (UTC)
I finally installed Explorer 8, and the video worked for me. Before, when I was using 7, the video was in prepetual loading mode and refused to play at all. Meh, I needed to upgrade anyway. :B

Thanks, Jeph! Very interesting. ^^V (edited for spelling :P)

Edited at 2010-02-28 11:11 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: corinnethewise
2010-02-28 11:16 pm (UTC)
It's incredible what you can do with photoshop. I am simply amazed.
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[User Picture]From: thunderslug
2010-02-28 11:44 pm (UTC)
Excellent: I really love technique videos, even though I'll never publish.
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[User Picture]From: wulfsbane
2010-02-28 11:45 pm (UTC)
This might just be me, but your voice sounds PERFECT for public radio announcements.
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[User Picture]From: lafinjack
2010-03-04 05:25 am (UTC)
I don't think I expected his voice to sound like anything, but I didn't expect it to sound that deep.
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[User Picture]From: matthewbowers
2010-03-01 12:48 am (UTC)
That is super, super helpful. Thank you so much!!
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[User Picture]From: fayanora
2010-03-01 12:51 am (UTC)
This was neat. I like your voice. I was surprised it was so deep.

I should note the video worked fine for me, and I use Opera.
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[User Picture]From: targtherobot
2010-03-01 01:00 am (UTC)
Excellent video! I always thought you did the whole thing in Illustrator.

Boy was I wrong!
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[User Picture]From: redseth
2010-03-01 01:43 am (UTC)
Great Tutorial, Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: the_reason4
2010-03-01 02:18 am (UTC)
Thanks! I miss the Tutorial page QC used to have, although I'm pretty sure this was your last Photoshop technique I hadn't already stolen independently incorporated into my own art style.
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[User Picture]From: radiumhead
2010-03-01 03:40 am (UTC)
Whats the difference between drawing/coloring in illustrator and photoshop? I saw a tutorial like this from someone else (i forget who)-and they used illustrator.
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[User Picture]From: etherrant
2010-03-01 04:03 am (UTC)
Dear Jeph,
That was really interesting! Thanks for showing us your process. Incidentally, I think Marten's owl shirt from Friday's strip should be my shirt.

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[User Picture]From: xerhino
2010-03-01 05:30 am (UTC)
Wow, that is a much more efficient way. Thank you for the tip and tutorial.
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[User Picture]From: crustycurmudgeo
2010-03-01 06:23 am (UTC)
For those who can't get this video to play correctly, use the direct link -


lj-toys is breaking the player. Too much javascript razzle-dazzle?
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[User Picture]From: madchenderg
2010-03-01 06:48 am (UTC)
Holy freakin' crap. It works! And I'd not even watched it on LJ, I went straight to ustream. But that worked. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: _____mx
2010-03-01 07:30 am (UTC)
Oh, nice! That was totally helpful! Thanks! :)
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[User Picture]From: suburbatory
2010-03-01 01:32 pm (UTC)
Really nice. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: einthteiniuth
2010-03-01 05:49 pm (UTC)
It just occurred to me that Tai has been uncharicteristically tattoo-less as of late...?
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From: zpedro
2010-03-01 09:50 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I have one question, though: how does the plugin "spreads" the colors "behind" the black lines? It doesn't matter for the lines that make up the line art since they are going to cover these areas in the end, but it does matter for those that are drawn to delineate color boundaries.
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[User Picture]From: absurdhero
2010-03-03 07:55 pm (UTC)
The Flat plugin does this because otherwise you won't get smooth looking lines.

For years I've colored on a layer under a lineart layer, and I've always had to select the individual area on the lineart layer and expand the selection to cover the little gaps when I fill it in below. This would mean I could skip that part.
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[User Picture]From: dandyasalion
2010-03-01 10:37 pm (UTC)
I hate to be one of those types, but is there anyway you could put this behind a cut? I don't normally mind long posts or big pictures... but the video starts playing everytime I go to my friend's page and it freaks me out to suddenly hear someone talking.
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[User Picture]From: kilbia
2010-03-01 11:18 pm (UTC)
Wow...I love your voice.
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