The Channels Method

This method is similar to the other methods already discussed, but differs in that instead of putting the lineart on its own layer it goes on a channel.

Follow the identical steps for scanning and converting the image from bitmap to grayscale and then to RGB. The linework can then be cut [ctrl X]. But instead of pasting it immedietly, bring up the floating channels palette

[window>channels] and create a new channel using the "create new channel" button, which looks like a pad of paper.

The new channel will be automatically be highlighted and named Alpha 1. Paste [ctrl V] the linework into this new channel. The linework should now be floating over the regular canvas background. To begin coloring, simply highlight the RGB channel [ctrl ~] and make sure the eyeball on the 4th channel is visible.

Keep in mind that the highlighted channels are the ones you are currently editing, so make sure your channel's palette has the proper channels selected; it should look exactly like this:

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| Channels Paths

Layers \

o

»

RGB

Ctrl+~

D

Red

Ctrl+1

Green

Ctrl+£

Blue

Ctrl+3

Alpha 1

Ctrl+4

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Once you've selected the proper channels you're ready to color!

Lastly, the channels method requires a different method of merging the linework to the color background when you're finished. Make sure to use the proper instructions for merging in the flattening section.

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