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REMOVE BLUE PENCIL ACTION by myluckyseven REMOVE BLUE PENCIL ACTION by myluckyseven
BEHOLD THE MAGIC

Please feel free to post TECH SUPPORT q's here, I shall attempt to cure what ails you. :|

AM I NOT BENEVOLENT?
PIMP IT TO YOUR FRIENDS!!!

UPDATE 5/26/2011: I replaced the file with the one I'm using currently, with BONUS actions for separating out the Red or the Green channels! I don't think they work as well as the Blue, personally, but hey! Now you can sketch in two new colors and easily fix up your images.

HOW TO USE REMOVE BLUE (and now other colors!!)
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1. Move the Photoshop action file into one of your computer's folders. I'd recommend just My Documents or anything you'll easily be able to find.

2. Open up Photoshop!

3. In the Actions panel, look in the top right for the button that looks like three lines and a down arrow. Click it and select "Load Actions"

4. Navigate to where you saved Remove_Colors and click it.

5. Wha-bam! It's now usable. :D You can press the little "play" button on the bottom of the Actions panel to run one of them

6. By default, a hotkey is not set. To change this, double-click on the action's name, and select a Function key from the dropdown menu.


NOTES
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- Not working? Make sure you're not using it on a locked Background layer. Duplicate the Background first.

- Do any adjusting of levels/contrast/what-have-you BEFORE you run the action, they won't work on the finished lines layer, as it is transparent.

- If you HAVE run the action, and now want to change contrast or whatever, go into Channels and delete Blue Copy, and then merge the "lines" layer with the white bg. Now make your adjustments, and then you can re-run the action to separate them again.

- The action is best used on a fresh scanned image. If your picture has lots of layers, you'll need to delete the Blue Copy channel (and maybe the white bg) in between uses. You'll probably also want to rename your lines layer to help keep them straight.

- Multiply isn't needed for the lines layer, the layer is already transparent of any white.

- Want to change your line color? Lock the lines layer's transparency and flood fill with the color of your choice. :)
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MTgrave1 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks a million for the blue remover!
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Opallene Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
It's like magic! THANK you!
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AiraArdan Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This changed my life! Thank you sooo much!
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Winggal Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student Filmographer
Omg thank you for this!
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AskSethNightroad Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
((When I tried this on a freshly-scanned image, the entire thing disappeared! Does it have to be saved as any specific file type for it to work? Sorry, I usually use GIMP, so Photoshop is kind of foreign to me))
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myluckyseven Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Filmographer
A couple of things could have happened, I think. If the top layer is called "white bg" then the problem is just that the background layer didn't get moved to the right spot. Move it down one or two, and the picture should be there.

The "white bg" layer won't be moved to the right spot if you use the action on a locked Background layer, it's best to duplicate Background and make any Levels adjustments before running the action.

If that isn't the problem, though, I can look into it further!
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AskSethNightroad Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Okey dokey! I'll try that and see! tyvm!
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Falcolf Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Aw man, this looks so useful (loooove the idea, I use red pencil all the time!!!) but when I tried to save the file into my photoshop it said I don't have access... which I can't understand, 'cus I'm this computer's only user!
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JaeDub003 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student General Artist
This is very informative. I was wondering how to achieve this myself & I wonder if it can be done with other media altering programs? Thank you for this tutorial
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myluckyseven Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Professional Filmographer
You can probably do similar stuff in other programs that have channel editing capabilities, but the Action is only for Photoshop.
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