Manipulating Images in Adobe PhotoShop

Manipulating Images in Adobe PhotoShop

Manipulating clipart from color to black and white line art in Adobe PhotoShop on a PC for some may be frustrating; these are steps to help ease the pain a little. Begin with selecting the clipart you need from your source. This source can be clipart.com, something from your loaded clipart from Microsoft and so on. To begin the process first open a new document in Adobe PhotoShop and set your document up to proper specifications needed. The window will show areas where width and height for the artwork can be entered as well as resolution and color mode. The importance of the resolution is extremely relative as the resolution for anything printed should be 300 resolution and anything going on the World Wide Web should be entered as 72 resolution or commonly known in graphic arts as d.p.i. (dots per inch). The size of your window is up to you; for some it is easier to go by pixels in size, for others it is easier to use the standard inches format, so insert what size you want to make the document.
The next step is to select the color mode. In this window select what mode you need the artwork to be in. The choices are gray scale, CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) or RGB (red, green and blue), Bitmap and Lab Color. For a straight black and white piece you, of course, would select the gray scale as we are changing a color piece of clipart into a black and white piece of artwork. After the specifications are made select “Ok” and proceed to the next step.

From the source of your clipart click the right side of the mouse and select “copy” over top of the artwork. From here switch back to the PhotoShop window and using the short cut keys of control and “V” on your keyboard “paste” the art into the window you have set up. From this point the next step in our process is to eliminate any gray area, this is accomplished by using the “Eraser” tool. From the tool box window, select the “Eraser” tool, holding down the “Eraser” with the left mouse button, notice the eraser will turn to “Magic Eraser”. Select this and move within the lines of your clipart, where the grays of your artwork are and click the left mouse button and the tool will erase the whole gray area. Proceed to the next gray you want to remove and repeat these steps until all gray areas are eliminated.

Because our artwork is meant to be black and white you must ensure that all gray areas are abolished from the design you have chosen to manipulate. After you have completed this task, the next thing to consider is if the lines are dark enough for your design. To ensure that they indeed are is up to you. If, however, you decide that the lines are not, the “Paint Brush” tool can be used to redraw the lines. This is accomplished by selecting the “Paint Brush” tool and selecting the black from the color chart in the toolbox at the bottom left side of the toolbox. To change the width of the “Paint Brush” right click on the mouse and the choices are presented in the window, select a width or you can set your own width of line in the corner or the window. Next, move your brush onto your design and click back into the artwork and proceed with the drawing of lines or filling in the area that may need a bit of darkness added to the area of the design.

When you are satisfied with your manipulations to the artwork the next step would be to flatten the piece into one layer. Proceed to the “Layers” title on the menu at the top of the page and click onto the “Layers” and as the window opens you will see “Flatten Layers” on the bottom of the window. Holding the mouse button down, scroll down to the “Flatten Layers” and select the phrase. Immediately the layers will flatten and all that is left to do is to save your work. Selecting “Save As” under the “File” title on the top menu, name your artwork in the window; make sure you save in a file where you keep such work. Upon saving, in Adobe PhotoShop you have the option of saving as a .jpg, bitmap, .ping, .gif, PDF and a couple of other options. It is recommended to save as a .jpg file as this is easier to email, upload to the World Wide Web and is a smaller file. However, if this is a large piece of artwork, it is sometimes better to save as a PDF. In conclusion, the steps provided will allow one to change a color clipart design into a black and white piece of artwork and help you to save the work as well.