If you digitally color most of your illustrations like me, then you know that “flatting” is one of the most boring and time consuming steps.
This is the process of filling all your line work with flat colors. Photoshop has a magic wand tool that should in principle make coloring easy since you can select closed areas of your line work to color.
The problem is that you want all the colored area’s butted against each other under the line art with no white showing (called trapping). You can mess around with the expand selection option to help solve this problem, but this still takes some work and is time consuming.
Fortunately, I’ve found a photoshop plug-in that does a lot of the boring work for me and thus saves me a ton of time. The Flatten Pro plug-in runs in demo mode until you enter a valid serial number. This demo mode is limited to 1024×1024 pixels. Larger images will be partially processed. Check it out.