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Tutorial: Editing Drawings

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Published: February 28, 2008
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
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Hair tutorial
Shading & Blending tutorial
Drawing Progress tutorial
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DeathKitty7Hobbyist 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!!!
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MuteStormHobbyist Traditional Artist
The cool part is that there are levels in Gimp too, so this still is very helpful. ^_^
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RJPortraitsHobbyist 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 :)
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devPeterHobbyist Digital Artist
Its just Ctrl + O :D
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VIIIFireLordAxelHobbyist 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(:
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AnnCharlotteRHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for this!!!
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PalanquetaHobbyist 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.
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RJPortraitsHobbyist 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!
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KatrixHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the tutorial. Very useful :)
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rhinobossStudent Interface Designer
asi es como trampa u.u mataste mi ilusion
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dakevinungStudent General Artist
Very helpful stuff. :thumbsup: And you're a pretty good artist :)
MonkeyPictures's avatar
Really helpful thanks for the Tutorial
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GagaPotterTributeProfessional Artist
what if you're broke and don't have photo shop? :(
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Hmm, torrent it.
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Brash-RazmatazzStudent General Artist
There is always Gimp.
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GagaPotterTributeProfessional Artist
It doesn't work on my computer :( But tnx for the reply
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Brash-RazmatazzStudent General Artist
^^; I apologize for that.
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GagaPotterTributeProfessional Artist
No prob :P
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BlahBlah109Hobbyist 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???
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Cataclysm-XProfessional 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 :)
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BlahBlah109Hobbyist General Artist
ohhh geez xD cant believe i missed that i feel stupid right now :iconbakaplz:
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dmasque13Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial!
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UsayFudoStudent General Artist
Very helpful :D
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keixayakaHobbyist General Artist
Wow!! How very useful!! Thanks so much for sharing!! :D
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