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Floating Lineart PS Action by Majnouna Floating Lineart PS Action by Majnouna
I still see deviants asking how to separate their lineart from the background, while there's a very simple way to do it cleanly. I made this action for myself, so that it literally takes one click of the mouse to obtain clean black lines on a transparent background. I decided it was simpler to post it than to keep explaining how to do it!

If you're scanning ink: You must scan your inked piece using the "black and white" (or "bitmapped") setting on your scanner. Scanning in this mode ensures only your inked lines get picked up – anything light grey on the paper such as smudges, unerased pencil, or even lines will be ignored. I recommend scanning bigger than your final size, then reducing it to the desired size after applying the action. I designed the action for this use (scanning inked lines) so this will give the best results.

If you're scanning a sketch: Scan in grayscale and adjust the levels so that the lines are quite dark. If it's difficult to achieve that, duplicate the layer, set the top one to Multiply and merge them. You can do this several times until your pencil lines are strong enough. You'll need to make sure the white background is really white, i.e. clean up any artefacts or they will get picked up with your pencil lines.
The stronger and cleaner your lines are, the better the action will work. If there's a lot of grey smudge, that's going to get picked up as well, so make sure the lines are as contrasted as possible.

How to use this:
Click Download.
Decompress the file in the location of your choice.
In Photoshop, open the Actions palette and select Load Actions, then this file [Clean Lineart.atn]
Open your scanned file, select the action in the palette and press the Play button. You're done. Your lineart is now a layer floating above a transparent background.
(The lineart in the preview looks blurry because it's a screenshot, not because of the action)

If you want to color the lineart alone, just lock the layer and use any coloring tool – only the lines will get colored.

I hope this helps. No credit necessary or anything. Just don't claim you made it – I'd never find out, but you'd still be a prat.

This action was made in CS3, but it works in CS2, so it's worth trying on whatever PS version you have!
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:iconnekonguyen:
NekoNguyen Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Thank u so much :)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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alance123 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
looks fantastic..will check it now :) thanks alot for sharing it.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Enjoy :)
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:icongeniedesigner:
GenieDesigner Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student Interface Designer
:iconchutchi54: cái này cần cho làm chibi đó chị :D
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
I don't speak Vietnamese :)
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:icongeniedesigner:
GenieDesigner Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Student Interface Designer
No, I just introduced this piece for my friends !
Sorry for my bad english~
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:iconchutchi54:
chutchi54 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student Interface Designer
tks cưng <3
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:icongeniedesigner:
GenieDesigner Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Thanks >.<
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Sure!
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:iconsydsanchorlessstudio:
SydsAnchorlessStudio Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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:iconboundlessbeauty:
BoundlessBeauty Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Does it work with CS6?? :o
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
I don't see why it shouldn't, but you'll have to try.
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:iconboundlessbeauty:
BoundlessBeauty Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright! I am planning on saving my money to get the Photoshop CS6. So far I have 500$ I need 700 so. Im pretty close!
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AggroMiau Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG - Thank you - Hail you oh mighty Queen of Enlightment....:worship:

I'm so glad for this Action.... Thanks .. Thx... MuchasGracias ... Dankeschön... Merci...
:heart: :hug: :clap: :glomp: :heart:
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
De nada :)
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:iconoctakus:
OCTAKUS Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thaks!!   this is really useful:) (Smile) 
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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:iconalasd3:
alasd3 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
i like it
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Cool
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:iconsepia233:
sepia233 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
thx
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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:iconnoru-kinz:
Noru-kinz Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Is there a way to save it so it is usable in Sai?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
No idea, I never touched Sai.
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:iconnoru-kinz:
Noru-kinz Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh well that explains why I can't do this XD Thanks anyway, I might try to use Photoshop again someday...
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:iconsuperxtoon:
superxtoon Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student General Artist
how do you save it so the background does not go back to White again?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
You save it as a Photoshop document, of course. Otherwise the layers are flattened.
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:iconmachinemeditation:
machinemeditation Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Why not just set the layer to Multiply?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Already answered that somewhere in the comments.
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:iconserafina-rose:
serafina-rose Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much :rose:
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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:iconhadesclaws:
Hadesclaws Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, This is an awesome tool Thank you so much for making it!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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:iconhadesclaws:
Hadesclaws Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:3
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:iconlululetti:
lululetti Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool! :D
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
:)
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:iconemotional-silence:
Emotional-Silence Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist
This is amazing. Thank you so much for making this and time better spent practising my drawing. :la:
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cool :)
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:iconreginayak2012:
ReginaYak2012 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
круто
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
:?
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:iconilovechibiusa-moon:
ilovechibiusa-moon Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
she said steep
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh... still puzzled, but thanks
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:iconjoequincy:
joequincy Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Translation: [link]
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:iconplutone123:
plutone123 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Thanks, very handy.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
No prob!
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:iconsamie09678910:
samie09678910 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay. That worked, but I want it to still have color so I can add a layer and color it in. Is there any possible way I can remove the white WITHOUT making everything black and white color options?! ;A;
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
I don't understand where the problem is. Once you've used the action, convert your file to RGB and color at will.
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:iconsamie09678910:
samie09678910 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH I SEE NOW. Thank you!!!
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Jumatatu Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Will this work in Ps Elements?
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