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May 12, 2008
Tutorial: Editing Drawings by =Cataclysm-X offers valuable tips for bringing out the best in your traditional drawings after they have lost their depth and luster due to scanning.I am sure this technique will help many traditional artists in the presentation of their work .Take the time to browse the rest of her fabulous in-depth tutorials.
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Tutorial: Editing Drawings

Yes, I made a new tutorial! This time it's about how scanners work and how I edit drawings in Photoshop.

I know I said I wouldn't make any more tutorials, but I got soooooooooo many questions about this, and it's something I won't be putting in my artbook anyway, so I've been working on this all day long.

And now I'm tired... :yawn:

Oh well, hope it's useful :)

Watch my other tutorials here!
Eye tutorial
Nose tutorial
Hair tutorial
Shading & Blending tutorial
Drawing Progress tutorial
Detailed Hair part 1
Detailed Hair part 2
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DeathKitty7's avatar
Oh wow, this is incredibly helpful! Over the weekend I went to Staples to scan some graphite art. (Staples destroyed it - the entire thing came out horribly whitewashed and grainy looking). While that scan is completely unusable, your tutorial has given me hope that scanning graphite drawings IS possible. I'll have to try scanning it again over there! Thank you so much!!!
MuteStorm's avatar
The cool part is that there are levels in Gimp too, so this still is very helpful. ^_^
RJPortraits's avatar
Hi Cataclysm-X I hope you don't mind but I tagged you in my about me on my profile, purely because I have been using this technique to improve my drawings. I really appreciate your tutorials! They are awesome and have helped me improve alot, thank you so much for all your help :)
devPeter's avatar
Its just Ctrl + O :D
VIIIFireLordAxel's avatar
Thanks for this. I've been editing my scans for a long time, and it made me feel like a cheater to use software on pencil drawings to make them look nicer, like suddenly my traditional art" wouldn't be traditional anymore. Thanks for helping me get past that(:
AnnCharlotteR's avatar
Thank you for this!!!
Palanqueta's avatar
I don't get one point... the darker drawings are edited?
I mean... your original drawing is as dark as the result on Photoshop?
Or, your drawing issss soooooooooo gray that you edit it with Photoshop to have more contrast.
Either way... i think that you must not "cheat" when you're showing traditional techniques drawings.
RJPortraits's avatar
how is it "cheating"? Is using Photoshop not also a form of art or an art technique? At least Cataclysm-X is being honest about the techniques being used unlike some other artists!
Katrix's avatar
Thanks for the tutorial. Very useful :)
rhinoboss's avatar
asi es como trampa u.u mataste mi ilusion
dakevinung's avatar
Very helpful stuff. :thumbsup: And you're a pretty good artist :)
MonkeyPictures's avatar
Really helpful thanks for the Tutorial
GagaPotterTribute's avatar
what if you're broke and don't have photo shop? :(
stahppp's avatar
Hmm, torrent it.
Brash-Razmatazz's avatar
There is always Gimp.
GagaPotterTribute's avatar
It doesn't work on my computer :( But tnx for the reply
Brash-Razmatazz's avatar
^^; I apologize for that.
BlahBlah109's avatar
does that mean that wen u sketch it it has 2 be a light sketch.. or is there a setting on the scanner u use 2 make it less dark... did i miss sumthing???
Cataclysm-X's avatar
I guess you missed something yeah ;D

The light of the scanner reflects against the drawing, which makes the drawing (or any kind of scanned image) appear lighter than the original.

So in order to make the scanned file look as deep as the original drawing, I first scan it without changing any settings, and then fix the contrast in Photoshop :)
BlahBlah109's avatar
ohhh geez xD cant believe i missed that i feel stupid right now :iconbakaplz:
dmasque13's avatar
Thanks for the tutorial!
UsayFudo's avatar
Very helpful :D
keixayaka's avatar
Wow!! How very useful!! Thanks so much for sharing!! :D
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