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How To Get Smooth Lineart Easily - Tutorial by zomgmad How To Get Smooth Lineart Easily - Tutorial by zomgmad
I've seen a lot of people struggle with digital lineart. Luckily, there are smoothing functions in lots of digital art softwares now, not just the famed stabilizer in SAI. Even GIMP, a free program, has a smoother.

If you have a program with a smoothing function besides the ones featured here, please make a tutorial about it, and I will be glad to link to it.

Here's a tutorial that better explains the stabilizer in SAI. (I have a Mac, so SAI doesn't really work on my computer.)


For mouse users, here's a few tutorials on pen tools in various programs:


If you want to share this tutorial, please give people the link to this page instead of reuploading. Thank you.
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VivaLaDiva1994 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
did the photoshop thing but i still find the lines either shakey or painty looking.. *sigh* 
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zomgmad Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist
Are you using a tablet or a mouse? If you're using a tablet, I would suggest practicing until you can get smooth lines. You can also work on a larger scale and shrink the image afterwards, and some of the wobbliness will go away. If you're using a mouse, you pretty much have no hope of getting smooth lines unless you use a pen tool.

Out of the programs I cover in this tutorial, I think Photoshop is the hardest to get smooth lines in, even with the smoothing option checked. Probably because there's no settings to fiddle with, you just have to go with what they give you or not use the smoothing option at all. Have you ever tried working in GIMP? It's a free program, and you can save PSDs, so you could do lineart in GIMP and then open the file in Photoshop and finish it however you normally do. FireAlpaca is another free program you could try.
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VivaLaDiva1994 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I got it all fixed, thank you :3 Uploading my first ever digitally done work now
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zomgmad Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist
Great! :)
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AlexaMORO Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
There is no smoothing options in SAI for Mac , right?
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zomgmad Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist
It depends. If you're using the unofficial SAI download for Mac, then I don't think there is pen pressure or smoothing. But if you are using Boot Camp or a virtualization software like Parallels to run a Windows operating system on your Mac and use the official version of SAI within that, then you should be able to use pen pressure and smoothing/stabilizer.
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AlexaMORO Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you)
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zomgmad Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist
No problem. n__n I know of a couple good tutorials/guides on how to set up the virtualization software, etc., if you want links to those.
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AlexaMORO Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It'll be great)
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