Okay, this is something that I’ve known for years had to be in there, and had to be easy, but couldn’t find any lessons on anywhere and eventually just gave up looking. But last night I found it, buried in a sidebar in Manga: The Ultimate Guide to Mastering Digital Painting Techniques (ImagineFX), and it works beautifully! It sure as heck works better than the “select color range and delete white” method I’ve been using until now!
Anyway, I’m posting this here for my own easy reference, but I figure other folks might be looking for it too. I’m working in CS3; I’m sure these techniques exist in other versions as well, although the interface might be different.
This is an image-heavy post, so I’m going to put it behind a cut. But it’s a nifty, nifty technique! ( Collapse )