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Offline -SilentKnight-

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Cleaning a picture in Photoshop
« on: September 29, 2004, 05:10:46 pm »
This is the original scan...

...and this is the picture post-cleanup!

Things to know -

 - Ctrl-M is your friend. It turns all those light pencil lines into dark and beautiful pixels. Hit "Auto", or play around with it a bit, to get it where you want it.

 - Erase out any stray sketchy crap with a soft-brush eraser set at 40-70% opacity (If you need to, use the paintbrush at those settings instead. The idea is to get rid of stuff - I use the quickmask trick where I can get just the lineart on one layer, so I end up using the eraser, but if you dont do that, then you'll have to use the paintbrush - since your background and lineart are on the same layer. You start erasing and you'll make a hole right through the picture! '<img'> )

 - Reconstruct weak regions with the paintbrush, pen, and eraser tools. I did this with the hands, ears, knife, and corset for the CKK picture, because the original lines were too light or degraded to just touch-up.

 - Do it in high resolution. It is much easier this way, because everything is huge and thus simpler to manipulate in detail when you need to.


This sort of thing is really super for prepping a picture before coloring it, since it makes the whole thing a bit nicer-looking and gets rid of anything that would get in the way.

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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2004, 07:47:31 pm »
':shock:' Wow,Clean-tastic '<img'>
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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2004, 09:57:10 pm »
in photoshop you can also use the IMAGE -> OPTIONS -> LEVELS
to set the ammount of darkness and removing all the "grainy" look of the paper
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2004, 02:23:21 pm »
Actually, Ces, Levels and Curves are nearly the same thing. Levels just works on a linear scale while Curves is a bit more flexible (and more complicated to get right). Neither are real substitutes for manually cleaning a picture with a brush tool, unfortunately.