Like just about every task done in
Photoshop, setting up your files for coloring can be handled in several different methods. The method outlined here is probably the easiest to understand, as well as the easiest to set up. On rare occasions however, there might be a need to set your file up in a different manner; perhaps a company prefers it handled in a different manner, or an unforeseen technical reason dictates it. Here are two additional methods for setting up you files for color:
The Layer Adjustment Method This method is similar to the standard layers method you just learned. Your lineart is placed on another layer above your background. But instead of using the layer mode "Multiply" you change the layer's adjustment properties so that you can see underneath the top layer.
To do this, bring up the Layers Styles menu, located in [layers>layer style>blending options...], or just double click the preview icon for the layer in the floating layers palette.
To make the white information of the lineart layer transparent, go to the advanced blending options and make sure the "blend if:" setting is set to gray.
Next, adjust the "This Layer" slider 1 notch left until it reaches to a value of 254. It's the white triangle on the right hand side. You should now be able to color underneath your lineart layer with no problems!
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