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My guide to pentool inking by The-Yuri-Canon My guide to pentool inking by The-Yuri-Canon
Edit: You can now watch me work with the pentool on video at Youtube: [link]

View more of my tutorial here: [link]


For inking with pentool check here: [link]
For how I made borders: [link]
For how I make speech balloons: [link]
How I apply Screen tones: [link]

Edit: I added in some info regarding the pentool in photoshop 7 and up.

Edit: Check out my video of me drawing with the Pentool to get a better idea of how I do this.

After several people inquired about how I go about my works I decided to move my old tutorials here. This one is how I clean up and ink using a pentool. The tool was very useful when all I had was a track ball to work with and I still use some of these tricks even though I now have a tablet.

This is just a guide to how I do things and posted to help others so please don't complain about my way of doing things. I've been doing this for 10 years now and it is how I prefer to do my works.

jaa ne

Kat
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kyoya555 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! This is the best pen tool tutorial I've seen! I can actually use my pen tool now! Yaaaaay~~~
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The-Yuri-Canon Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you liked it and it comes in handy for you.

Kat
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Clunkers Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
Really like the tutorial, something I want to learn and this is going to help a lot, Thanks!
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The-Yuri-Canon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, hope it helps. I really need to update that tut one of these days. I did more videos but they didn't work for some reason. I need to figure out what went wrong...

Well good luck to you.

Kat
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Noder Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Student General Artist
I found this one some weeks back, and now I have a reason to read it: I have to do a really big poster for class, and I just can't draw well on such a big paper. What I decided to do is draw a small one, enlarge, and then pen-ink it so it'd look nice. I already practised!

Thanks for uploading this!
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The-Yuri-Canon Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome, I'm glad it was helpful.

Kat
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Noder Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Student General Artist
^^
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PalomaDyz Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
Just a quick question. I've been vectoring with a mouse, but now I've got a tablet now. I used to vector with the pentool, but I try it in the tablet and it's... not easy. I mean, it is still slow to do vector in it, even with a tablet. Is there a way to do a line without pausing to handle every anchor point? (I'm sorry if I don't make sense, english's not my first language)

Thank you!
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The-Yuri-Canon Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I simply don't pause. I've been vectoring with a trackball for years and then moved to a tablet about 8 years ago. The more I work on it the quicker I get. It is all a matter of knowing your tools to a point that you don't even think about it. I tend to just click and drag while moving. I rarely have to turn back to an old anchor to change it. Just keep at it and with time you'll get faster and faster.

Kat
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PalomaDyz Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
Thank you! I was worried it was just me :P

Thanks for the quick and clear answer :hug:
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The-Yuri-Canon Featured By Owner May 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome and good luck.

Kat
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PalomaDyz Featured By Owner May 1, 2010
Thanks :)

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Ookami-No-Eve-Chan Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
I was looking for a decent tut all day cause I finally got PS CS2 today.None of them didn't help until I found yours.Thank you very much~ I understand a lot more of it now.
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The-Yuri-Canon Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your more then welcome. I have a video of me drawing with the pentool if that would help more, plus some other tuts on how I colour using the pentool and how to use feathering and the like. I think I need to redo my colouring tut because my style has changed ever so slightly.

Well glad you found it helpful.

Kat
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Ookami-No-Eve-Chan Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Oh I saw the video.Thanks to it I found your helpful tut.And I will surely look at your other tuts cause coloring is next on my "What things should I learn next?" list.And I know how you feel about the style change.Even if its just a little bit different you still want everything to look like it been made/drawn in that style.Even the old draws.

Thanks so much again.

Eva~
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The-Yuri-Canon Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh. I see, well then I'm glad it lead you to my works.

About the only thing that changed with my old tuts is that I don't use a brush for the edges of my work anymore and primarily use the pentool for everything. I only use the other tools for bloody and other effects now. I sometimes want to redo my older works but stop myself because I have over 10 years worth of art work and if I started redoing one I would end up redoing them all and that would take way to much time when people are looking forward to my newer works.

And you are more then welcome. I always like to help.

Kat
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Ookami-No-Eve-Chan Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Ah I see.I don't redo my images because I don't have enough time.I always try to learn something new,like a awesome effect or easier way to do this and that.A very simple reason,but still keeps me away from redoing things.
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The-Yuri-Canon Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I tend to try new things every now and then, last year was filled with many new colouring techniques, but in the end I decided to keep with my feathered or cellpainted style over anything else. It is good to strive to learn more. It is a sign of a good artist.

Oh, and thanks for the watch, hope you enjoy my future works.

Kat

Kat
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Ookami-No-Eve-Chan Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Thanks for the compliment.(I think)

And your welcome.I'm sure I will enjoy your future artwork.
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morning-miracle Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
I have to say... I've never understood the pentool, but now I'm actually trying it a simple sketch and it works (I honestly didn't think it would).
I am completely amazed, especially since I'm using a completely different program so those fancy menus don't seem to exist...

Suddenly, it doesn't seem like the end of the world that my tablet is broken :D Thank you so much for the tutorial!
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The-Yuri-Canon Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is not a hard tool to understand once you know how it works. A lot of it is just learning how to make the anchors do what you need it to do. Once you know that it is easy to use.

The pentool is how I worked for years before getting a tablet, it is why I continue to use it to this day. I keep discovering new tricks to do with it too. The fun never ends.

Kat
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sherbertKISSES Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for posting this tutorial! I found it extremely helpful! <3

There's just one problem, though: I have Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0, and that doesn't have the pen tool. Do you know if there's anything on Elements that is like the pen tool?
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The-Yuri-Canon Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I mean $700, it was 3000 when I last recalled, but prices have really changed.

Kat
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The-Yuri-Canon Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That would be because Elements is just a photo editing program and not an art program. You need to get Photoshop itself in order to get much of anything out of the program. It costs about $3000, but you can find it online as well.

Good luck to you.

Kat
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sherbertKISSES Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Oooh, I see. Thank you very much.

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The-Yuri-Canon Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your more then welcome.

Kat
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CapricornBlue Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
..I never knew how to make my images like that...I would just scan it and start coloring. Now that Ive read this, I shall take heed.
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The-Yuri-Canon Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I started out doing that as well, but when I got into printing my works I noticed that they didn't look too great so began thinking about how to make the prints much crisper.

Well I hope the tutorial comes in handy for you.

Kat
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zanepepper Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I might sound like a total dumb ass, but what the hell is a tablet?, and should I consider getting one?
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The-Yuri-Canon Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A tablet is a tool that you draw directly on and it relays the information to the computer. It can detect pressure levels and so much more. It is hard to get used too because it feels like you are drawing on glass and you have to stare up at the computer monitor while drawing, which takes some getting used to. It took me a couple of years to learn how to use the tablet and I still find myself returning to my Trackball every now and then because I know how to use it better.

As for getting one it all depends on what you feel works for you. If you want to get that nice faded look and more control over your air brushing or painting then it is a good idea to get a tablet, but if you are fine with working with a mouse or trackball, using pentools and the like, they can stick with what you know. Right now I'm wishing for a better tablet or even better, there is a laptop with a flip around screen and you draw directly on the screen... *drool* It is about $5000 so not in my budge for some time, but one can always dream.

Well happy colouring.

Kat
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zanepepper Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, doing that makes you art look really nice, but I think I am going to stick with my rough straight from the scanner look (plus it is way cheaper), it adds more of my personality to my art. I think that if you polish it too much it looses almost all the character in it, I mean look at jamie hewlett's art, he takes advantage of all his mistakes and he doesn't use any computer line art helpers or anything. I just feel like the computer is doing it for you and your art becomes less a part of you, but all this is just my opinion.
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The-Yuri-Canon Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish I could do it that way, I have a nerve disorder that makes me shake a lot so my line are really rough and hard to see what it is I'm drawing until I go through and redo it a little, that is where I came up with this technique. It helped me deal with my disability and continue with my art, so it works for me. Do whatever you find works for you, that is what I think.

Well jaa ne

Kat
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zanepepper Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh, that sucks, I saw in your tutorial that you sketches where kinda crappy, but I thought it was just cuz you did not care and where just going to do it on the computer anyway, I did not know you had a disability, but that is cool that you draw anyway, even thought it is hard for you
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The-Yuri-Canon Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Art is one of the few things that I can do well. I've been disabled since I was young and it was decided back then that I would never achieve anything. So I had to learn to work around my disabilities and went through years of art schooling to learn the fundamentals of art. It wasn't until I got into computers that I learned how to really put my skills to use and since then I've had many jobs creating works for people and even sold a lot of my art for years. I wanted to prove to everyone who thought I worthless that no matter how difficult it can be one can succeed in life. Funny thing is now I'm a novel write, which is turning out to be a delightful career path, and recently came back to arts because so many of my fans from the past requested that I draw yet again. So here I am. Who would have thought. *shrugs*

Kat
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zanepepper Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you should write a comic book or something, that is what I am working on right now besides my music carrier. the only problem is I can draw both anime and hewlett style and I am not sure witch one to make my comic book, I tried to combine them but that just looked like shit.
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The-Yuri-Canon Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did that for over 5 years before collapsing from being overworked and over stressed. I actually wrote a mildly successful manga over those years which sold rather well for a while before my little crash. So many people liked that story that I started converting it into a novel series a few years back and that story is becoming more popular then the manga was, mostly because the novel allows me to go into greater depths then the manga allowed and writing thens to be faster then drawing comics. Since then I've finished 5 novels and have has a couple offers from publishers, but turned them down for moral reasons. For now I'm sticking to writing novels, but I did post my manga project here not long ago. If you check my journal you'll find a link to them if you are interested in seeing them.

Well, I managed to get ten more chapters edited and only have ten more to go in this book and I'm onto editing the next one... god are these novels long, I can't believe people have been reading both books and wanting me to finish the third when the first two are 120,000 words long each, and will have to be split into 4 novels if they are every published because they are too long. *sighs*

Well I have to go make dinner now.

jaa ne

Kat
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ArtyAMG Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
Great tutorial, Kat!
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The-Yuri-Canon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you liked it. I'm going to try to work on more later today.

Kat
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RealDandy Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008   Digital Artist
Oh very cool,this can be very helpfull!!
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The-Yuri-Canon Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome, glad it will come in handy for some.

jaa ne

Kat
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RealDandy Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008   Digital Artist
^_^
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loupo Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
Very good. I've always been mystified by the pen tool so it's really good to see it in action and really well done with screenshots.
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The-Yuri-Canon Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, yeah that tool can be a mystery. I pretty much learned how to use it on my own and it was a struggle to get it to do anything I wanted to. I'll be posting another tutorial later for colouring with a pentool for there are many fascinating things one can do once they learn to tame the beast. This was just the basics of how to use the tool, next I'll teach about the feather and fill features that are really nice. I'm thinking of getting around to that later today.

Well hope it comes in handy. I spent several days taking screen shots of everything to make it more understandable. Would you believe there are over four thousand screenshots on this computer just for tutorials? I had to cut them down majorly just to fit the lessons here. I have several for colouring, some for toning with letroset and one for setting up a book for printing. Not sure if I'll post the book printing ones, but Ill try to get the colouring ones up later.

Well jaa ne

Kat
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loupo Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
I'll be really interested in that. I can't promise I'll try too soon because it scares the hell out of me but I'll watch with interest!!! I'd love to know what some of these other colouring modes do too now that I've had the magical multiply tool pointed out. I'm going to actively hunt out some tutorials on here. It's funny, I've tried so hard to find answers for these for so long but speaking to users is a hell of a lot better than reading manuals. Thank you for putting the work in.
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The-Yuri-Canon Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No need to try, it is just knowing the tools are there when you have the urge to try something new that is the important thing. *grins* Yeah, talking to the artist does make a big difference. I don't actually read many tutorials, I tend to just stare at someones art and allow my mind to try to figure out how to archive the look they accomplished. Many times it takes me a year to figure it out, but other times it is rather simple. That is how I learned most of my skill so this day, by studying other artist.

The tutorial will have to wait until next week for I ended up spending the day working on my newest novel. I want to get at the very least 10,000 words complete a month and it is nearing the end of the month already. I just have to post these 5 new chapters and I've achieved my goals for this month. yippy

Well, keep an eye out for I will be posting more, no doubt about that.

Well jaa ne and happy colouring.

Kat
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japookins Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
is always amazed at how you make this stuff look so easy when it isn't >.<
but then again you got some serious talent
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The-Yuri-Canon Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have to remember I've been in art schooling for about 10 years and then I've been working on photoshop for another 10 years, during those years I was working constantly on art every single day just to get my stuff to print on time and read for all the conventions. It is not as much talent as it is practice. Keeping at it and never giving up is the true key for everyone can get better it is just a matter of time. So keep it up and you'll get better.

jaa ne

Kat
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japookins Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
you also have serious talent and insight for this sort of thing...that helps ^.^
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The-Yuri-Canon Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you insist.

Kat
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