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Tutorial: Editing Drawings by Cataclysm-X Tutorial: Editing Drawings by Cataclysm-X
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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Given 2008-05-12
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. ( Featured by znow-white )
DeathKitty7 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
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 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The cool part is that there are levels in Gimp too, so this still is very helpful. ^_^
RJPortraits Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its just Ctrl + O :D
VIIIFireLordAxel Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for this!!!
Palanqueta Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the tutorial. Very useful :)
rhinoboss Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student Interface Designer
asi es como trampa u.u mataste mi ilusion
dakevinung Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Very helpful stuff. :thumbsup: And you're a pretty good artist :)
MonkeyPictures Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Really helpful thanks for the Tutorial
GagaPotterTribute Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Artist
what if you're broke and don't have photo shop? :(
stahppp Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Hmm, torrent it.
Brash-Razmatazz Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student General Artist
There is always Gimp.
GagaPotterTribute Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Artist
It doesn't work on my computer :( But tnx for the reply
Brash-Razmatazz Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student General Artist
^^; I apologize for that.
GagaPotterTribute Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Artist
No prob :P
BlahBlah109 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
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 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ohhh geez xD cant believe i missed that i feel stupid right now :iconbakaplz:
dmasque13 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial!
UsayFudo Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Very helpful :D
keixayaka Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!! How very useful!! Thanks so much for sharing!! :D
Amelthia Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
BubbaSue42 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Ah, so you DO use photoshop to make it even more realistic! I honestly thought it was the pure sketch... which is sad, because I darken my own drawings as well...

You are freaking AMAZING.

I added your Holmes and Watson picture, and started looking at the rest of your stuff.... AMAZINGAMAZINGAMAZING!!!

Would you critique my work?
Balambao Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
AH HA!!! you do keep the tones reasonable for cleanup =P Tricky tricky!
Aty-S-Behsam Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for this! :heart:
klyelew298kovu118cxq Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oh wow that good. But not like on ..better art with white paper. Mm I only i love art. That not good for me..on computer. Better i art use with white paper.
isra-ac Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Just what I needed, another deviant recommended it :) Thanks a lot!! :D
justafuckinfreak Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Student
Thanks so much- when I read this, every moment I had this Aaaahhhh-now I-understand-effect!!
iamamess Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Hi! Thank you so much for these beautiful tutorials. They help me a lot :) Good luck with publishing your book!
cheesylily02 Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student General Artist
very useful! one thing i want to ask, how do you get the really light scan from the first step?
doodlescrabble Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011   Writer
Wow, that's your drawing? Even without scanner, you're already awesome!
Yukov Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for tut!
Hummingjay Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
This looks really helpful but.... The page is small and I can't read it >.<;; heheh Sorry, do you know how I can make it bigger?
doodlescrabble Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011   Writer
Have you tried to click on the image itself? It'll get bigger automatically. At least, it works in my laptop...
Hummingjay Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
OH. Haha, Thank you >.<;; I'm really stupidd
doodlescrabble Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011   Writer
Nah, don't worry about that. It's better not knowing than not asking. :D
karinoonk Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Student General Artist
Thx voor deze tutorial! Ik had hem nog helemaal niet ontdekt in je gallery :x maar ik ga hem zeker gebruiken! Ik heb al zo vaak geprobeerd mijn tekeningen digitaal te krijgen maar het lukt me gewoon niet,.. ze zijn altijd te donker of te licht of de helft van de details is onzichtbaar.. aargh ik werd/wordt er gek van.. en foto's maken is ook niet atlijd de beste optie! ik hoop dat ik ze nu eindelijk eens online kan krijgen via deze tutorial ^^ thank you!!
DutchOrca Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very helpful!
Turns out, I have been doing it wrong and blaming it on my poor scanner! :noes:
Glamahdollie Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010   General Artist
I love this so much and thank you so very very much for taking your precious time to do this and all the other tutorials.. I will honestly cherish this for a life time :)
laurenhiya21 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Student Digital Artist
awesome tutorial :3
(i've seen this a while ago, but for some reason it didnt fav DX)
but i was wondering...
how do you get your works to scan in so nicely?
whenever i scan in any pencil works, pencil lines are lost, and the quality turns out real badly T3T
MorgaineA Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very important information
mephisto2501 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010   Traditional Artist
Perfect Tutorial exactly this what i needed :D

Thanks !
flat-white-spresso Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
Ugh! I need this so much! THANK YOU :D
Parker14 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
absolutely love you for your tutorials! All of them are so amazing and helpful!
BlackRein Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this makes me wish I had photoshop, but alas I am poor :( all I have is my editing centre that came with the HP printer.
bulletcluster Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Thank you :D
Garanta Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010   Traditional Artist
Scanners are my greatest enemies... :ninja:
I really need to download Photoshop, because my drawings still suck when I post them online. Bah.
Btw, what's up with your art book? Is it finished yet? (You probably wrote a journal or something about it already, but sadly I missed it)
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