How to Darken Outlines in Photoshop

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Darkening outlines in Photoshop requires the careful use of the "Burn" tool, as well as a few other functions of the program. Darken outlines in Photoshop with help from a well-versed web, graphic and illustrative designer in this free video clip.

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Hi. My name is Alex Cecilio. I'm a graphic artist and I'm going to show you how to darken outlines in Photoshop. So, the best way to fix a traditional hand drawn or hand printed drawing is to use the burn tool. Because when you scan it in, when I scanned this picture in, the paper originally wasn't very white. But because it's kind of a cream color it's going to burn really well. So, I'm going to go ahead and go to the areas where my lines have lost their value. I'm going to go to my burn tool and I'm going to pick a brush I like, maybe 4 maybe even 3 pixels because you don't want it to be too big, otherwise it's going to ruin your whole image. So, then you can just take the burn tool, turn your exposure up if you can, almost all the way like 80 percent is good. And like I said, because you've lost that tone value, you're going to have to mess around with your range because it all depends on the colors really and tone value. You're going to have to mess around with your range because it all depends on the colors really. And you know if the color doesn't, if a color's lighter it'll take a lot more effort to burn. So, you're just going to want to figure out which range it is. So, up here when you've selected your burn tool, you've got three options. You've got shadows, mid tones and highlights. And usually shadows work with lighter colors, as you can see I'm doing here. And I'm already starting to get my line color back. My name is Alex Cecilio and this is how you darken outlines in Photoshop. Thank you.

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