Creating line arts in Photoshop could be very tedious and time-consuming. I found this little way to make it easier and a lot of fun.
Ok, first get an image like the one i am going to use for this tutorial.
Now, open it in Photoshop and select the portion of the image you want to make a line-art of.
Copy this (CTRL/CMD+C) and create a new document (in the Preset section, use Clipboard).
Paste it (CTRL/CMD+V) in the new document. Now, create a new layer (CTRL/CMD+ SHIFT+ N) and go back to the layer where the pasted section is and hit delete.
Now, you should have a blank document.
Go to the "Channels" tab and create a new channel. The new channel will be called "Alpha 1".
Hit CTRL+V to paste. Then, hit CTRL+I to invert. Now, you will have a negative of the line art.
Now, go to the layers tab and select the new layer you have created. You will have a blank document.
Go to Select » Load Section and select Alpha 1.
Bingo! You have the line-art as a selection.
Now, fill it with any color you want and it will be a new layer (since you are working on a new layer).
I use this technique to get a new layer from images on iStockphoto (I don't have a subscription there. :( )

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Blogger techniqueal t. said...
wonderful tip! although am a GIMP user, im sure this is very helpful to PS fanatics.

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Blogger Abhisek said...
Lols. Thanks! :P