I've done things a little out of order here, I posted my inking process before I had a chance to show you guys how to prepare your pencils for inking. I'd like to remedy that this afternoon, since I'll be printing up more bluelines anyway.
I'm starting today with something like this. See all those notations? Most of that needs to be corrected in Photoshop before I even get to the pencils stage.
The first thing I do before I make any corrections is I crop and then copy the background layer.
Next I resize it. My scanner is a pain in the butt and I can't really fiddle with the settings (it refuses to recognize Picasa or Photoshop, no matter how many reinstalls I try), so my beginning size is a little wonky.
(If you're unsure how to resize, go to Image-Image Size)
Now I can finally start making corrections! In the first panel I need to make the fist bigger and move it closer to the face. I'm simply going to select the fist and resize it.
Next, I need to drop the older brother down in the bottom panel since where he is right now ruins the flow and causes the reader to skip the bottom left panel. Again, just simple selection and moving.
While I was doing that, I resized him just a bit, as one of the constant criticisms I receive is that there isn't enough push and pull to my camera.
While I'm looking at the page, I'm going to bump over the second tier, first panel girl, since I don't like how much she's being cropped out by the panel border.
Now, for the part you're actually reading this for. The bluelines!
First, you're going to want to convert your color image to black and white.
Image-Mode-Grayscale (yes, you want to merge layers, make sure you have a seperate save file)
Then you're going back into Image-Mode, and this time you're selecting Duotone.
These are the settings you want for a nice, fairly visable (yet easy to drop using a decent scanner) cyan.
This is what your finished bluelines should look like.
Now you're just ready to print, pencil and ink!