I draw the webcomic Manly Guys Doing Manly Things and work on cartoons you might see on TV sometimes.

 

You can trust me, I have a degree in doing this.

You can trust me, I have a degree in doing this.

People were requesting rebloggable Flash Inking tips

Can I ask you a question about Flash? I was looking through your flash puppets, and I was wondering how you got the lines to look so NICE. Like…just looking at the linework on the hands of the bob puppet. Is there a pen setting you use? Because I can’t seem to get things to look so good.

start with a round brush, size 3 or 4 (or 5, Windows and Mac have different brush sizes) with pressure turned on.

40 smoothing

Jut as a barometer of how smoothing works;

The more smoothing you use, the more flash sort of corrects your hand wobble and tries to fix things out for you. But at really high smoothing it kind of over corrects things and starts to just invent things you didn’t want to draw. really low smoothing adds every little bump you make, but it makes INSANE huge files, because it’s got so much information to remember for every line you draw. It looks cool if you can make it work, though, we used it for that Assassin’s creed trailer because it has almost like a pen-on-paper look when it moves.

Remember that no matter how much you zoom, the pen will always be the same size. This what a size three brush (Mac version) looks like if you draw at various zoom levels, and then go back to look at it at 100%

Because of this it’s important not to zoom in and out a lot, it’s best to pick one size and stay around that like, ink at 400, don’t zoom out more than 200 or in more than 600. When we did Ugly Americans, every scene was labeled with the zoom level everything had to be inked at, and if anything was resized it had to be retraced. It’s tempting to zoom closer and closer to get little, hard to reach details, but like they said “you can’t zoom on paper, don’t do it in Flash”.

Then there’s this Modify > Shape > Smooth option

Basically just lets you smooth lines after the fact. A lot of people kind of give up on it because they don’t know how to use it right. Like they think it’s a magic FIX LINE ART button, then get disappointed that it doesn’t work when they select all the line art at once and say “okay smooth button GO!”.

It works best if you get in close and just select small fragments to smooth.

And you can kind of just polish off any little quirky bits that bug you.

(it can be kind of hard to tell at a glance, but it adds some polish)

I’ll also add to go slow! If you draw too fast, Flash panics and starts ad-libbing your pen strokes and making weirdly geometric lines, Just take it slow if it starts freaking out on curves and stuff.

crispy-ghee asked
Can I ask you a question about Flash? I was looking through your flash puppets, and I was wondering how you got the lines to look so NICE. Like...just looking at the linework on the hands of the bob puppet. Is there a pen setting you use? Because I can't seem to get things to look so good.

start with a round brush, size 3 or 4 (or 5, Windows and Mac have different brush sizes) with pressure turned on.

40 smoothing

Jut as a barometer of how smoothing works;

The more smoothing you use, the more flash sort of corrects your hand wobble and tries to fix things out for you. But at really high smoothing it kind of over corrects things and starts to just invent things you didn’t want to draw. really low smoothing adds every little bump you make, but it makes INSANE huge files, because it’s got so much information to remember for every line you draw. It looks cool if you can make it work, though, we used it for that Assassin’s creed trailer because it has almost like a pen-on-paper look when it moves.

Remember that no matter how much you zoom, the pen will always be the same size. This what a size three brush (Mac version) looks like if you draw at various zoom levels, and then go back to look at it at 100%

Because of this it’s important not to zoom in and out a lot, it’s best to pick one size and stay around that like, ink at 400, don’t zoom out more than 200 or in more than 600. When we did Ugly Americans, every scene was labeled with the zoom level everything had to be inked at, and if anything was resized it had to be retraced. It’s tempting to zoom closer and closer to get little, hard to reach details, but like they said “you can’t zoom on paper, don’t do it in Flash”.

Then there’s this Modify > Shape > Smooth option

Basically just lets you smooth lines after the fact. A lot of people kind of give up on it because they don’t know how to use it right. Like they think it’s a magic FIX LINE ART button, then get disappointed that it doesn’t work when they select all the line art at once and say “okay smooth button GO!”.

It works best if you get in close and just select small fragments to smooth.

And you can kind of just polish off any little quirky bits that bug you.

(it can be kind of hard to tell at a glance, but it adds some polish)

After seeing the number of folks who have suffered OH GOD NO I INKED ON MY SKETCH LAYER moments, I figured it would be worth sharing this easy trick to fix it and clean the scribbles off your nice clean lines.

It seems kind of long because I tried to make it as easy to follow as possible for folks who might not be totally familiar with the Photoshop interface, but really, it’s like three clicks. When I was in school I just made an action that would do this for me automatically so I could just set it on a folder of three hundred drawings and walk off to get a bagel.

Hope it helps!

Tumblr has been an absolute butt about letting me upload this, so you can find the full thing in one piece and about twice the size right here.

How to Fix Hatoful Boyfriend for Mac OSX

xellandria:

So you’ve purchased and downloaded Hatoful Boyfriend’s full version and are looking forward to wooing and cooing, am I right?  Unfortunately, if you’re running Mac OSX, you may run into a problem where, no matter how many times you double-click on the Famous Writer app included in the download, it just won’t start up.  This is a bug (actually a permissions problem) and will probably be officially fixed pretty shortly, but don’t fret, fellow Mac users, there’s a fix!

I actually posted about this earlier, but silly me didn’t even think about making it a step-by-step tutorial, so a lot of people saw my post and then just got confused all over again :( Gonna try to do better this time, which includes leaving out all the useless rambling I’m so fond of.

To follow this tutorial, you’ll need access to your full copy of Hatoful Boyfriend and the Terminal application, which you can find in your “Utilities” subfolder of your Applications folder.  When you start the Terminal up, you’ll get a screen that looks more or less like this:

Yours may be a different color combination (I think the default colour these days is black text on a white background, but I changed it a long time ago to feel geekier, haha) but as long as you see “[Your Computer’s Name]:~ [Your Username]$” you’re good to go.

Everybody’s Hatoful Boyfriend is going to be in a different location, and all their locations are probably really awkward to type in, so we’re going to take an easy shortcut to get there in the Terminal.  Type in “cd ” (don’t forget the space!) and then go to the finder and drag the Famous Writer program from the folder you’ve got it in into the Terminal window, like so:

That should put a URL-like string of folders and stuff into your line; hit enter and you should get something that looks like this:

If you got a line like that (“[Your Computer Name]:Famous Writer.app [Your Username]$”), you’re good!  If you got a “no such file or directory” error, check to make sure that you have a space between “cd” and the file you dragged in.  ”cd” is a command that tells Terminal what folder we want to work in.  We’re going to CD twice more: “cd Contents” and “cd MacOS”:

Next let’s see what’s in this “MacOS” folder.  We can do that inside the terminal by using the “ls -l” command (those are lowercase L’s, in case you couldn’t tell):

There’s the file we want to change, Famous Writer.  Here’s where our third command prompt comes in, and it’s the best/most important of all: chmod.  The problem Hatoful Boyfriend has in its current incarnation is that the important file that we need to execute the program (that is, make it run) doesn’t automatically have permission to execute.  So when you go to open the program, the OS goes “wait, you’re not allowed to do that” and just flat-out won’t run.  It’s an easy fix though: “chmod +x “Famous Writer”” (“Famous Writer” is in legit quotes here, by the way).  If you do this correctly, you’ll just get another line to type on and there won’t be any sort of verification.  To make sure it worked, run another “ls -l” to show the files again:

As you can see, the first “-rw-rw-rw-” line has now been replaced by “-rwxrwxrwx”.  That means that instead of just being able to Read (r) and Write (w), you can also Execute (x) the file.  Which is important.  If you now have a line that says “-rwxrwxrwx” and “Famous Writer” on it, cross your fingers just to make sure, but Hatoful Boyfriend should now be working properly!

I hope that helps, and is more clear than my previous post, haha.  I’ll try and answer any questions I can if you’re still having problems somewhere, but I can’t promise I’ll be able to solve issues that aren’t specifically this one, haha.

Super Super important if you bought the full version of Hatoful for Mac! (as I just found out)