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Tutorial: Cleaning sketches

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This tutorial covers how to clean sketches in Photoshop. Different programs should have equivalent controls, I suppose, but I don't know them :/
Also, since I have the spanish version, I'm not 100% sure of the english name. But it should be something similar. Sorry =_=

Part 1

:bulletyellow:1.1 First, open up the sketch you want to clean.

:bulletyellow:1.2 Then, open the Levels controls (Image > Adjusts > Levels). Adjust the contrast with the controls to make the white as white as possible, and the black lines as black as possible without ruining the picture.
After doing this, you should have a cleaned sketch scan. But if you 're gonna paint it or want to clean it further for wathever reasons, it'll take a few more steps.

:bulletyellow:1.3 Open up the Channel Mixer (Image > Adjusts > Channel Mixer). In the drop-down menu choose a color channel; red is fine, since it's stands out more from the black of the pencil (you'll understans that later)
On the bottom of the controls, where it says 'Constant' (or something like that), take the mark to the extreme of the bar. This will turn your pic to color without black traces.

:bulletyellow:1.4 If you still want to change the color to something lighter, so it'll be easier to clean later, open up the Hue/Saturation controls (Image > Adjusts > Hue/Saturation) Check the 'Color' box, and play with the controls until you find the color you want (a light, warm one is best. But don't make it too light, or it'll be hard to see)

:bulletyellow:1.5 Now you should print that, and 'trace' over the colored sketch with a regular pencil.
If what you're aiming for is a lineart to color, just mark the outline. If you want to make a pencil drawing, you can fill blacks, etc...

:bulletyellow:1.6 Once you finish, scan the picture again, and save. Now go to part 2

Part 2

:bulletyellow:2.1 Open up the sketch in Photoshop. You see the 'clean' pencil, but there's still the colored sketch there. We're gonna get rid of that in a moment.

:bulletyellow:2.2 Open the Hue/Saturation controls (Image > Adjusts > Hue/Saturations)

:bulletyellow:2.3 There you should see a drop-down menu on top, with several colors; you just have to select the ones that match the color of the sketch, and take the 'lighting' bar to the max.
In my case, my sketch it's orange, so I'll have to do this for both 'yellows' and 'reds'

:bulletyellow:2.4 Now, when you're finished, turn the picture to grayscale (Image > Mode > Gray Scale) You don't have to, but it's best so the picture is black/white only.
Now open the levels controls (Image > Adjusts > Levels) And adjust the contrast to get rid of the remains of the sketch and any dust there. Make sure you don't ruin or delete part of the drawing when doing this.
And that's it. You should have your picture clean.

:bulletred:Tutorial and art is © *Celsa
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NaniLam's avatar
nejiHolic's avatar
this is really helpful.
YukitzaKuroi's avatar
Qué util!! Este método me ahorrará trabajo al limpiar!
Gracias por el tuto! ^^
Celsa's avatar
Me alegro que te sea útil ^o^
hi-mizu's avatar
This was helpful thanks!
shu-ming's avatar
Cool! This tutorial will definitely help me. Thank you~ :)
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maylin86's avatar
Yay! Thanks for sharing. Now maybe my pencil sketches will look nicer when I scan them in. :la:
hada-magica4's avatar
gracias por el tutorial!!!
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EarlyApplesMagee's avatar
So have you uploaded two sketches? One lines and the other shade?
Kawaiioza's avatar
oh it's great! :la:
muffin38love's avatar
y... hablas españool O_O oh por dios! no conosco casi a nadie q sepa en deviant xD
muffin38love's avatar
Gracias, me sera de gran ayuda ^^
Erangot's avatar

fffff Great great tutorial! ;O; I've learned how to use the Chanel Mixers and Levels Controls this way. XDD Thanks so much!
enbie91's avatar
Thank you muchly for posting this it shall help me muchly!!!! :glomp:
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Jenzay's avatar
Ooh, thank you for this! I never used the levels functions, now I see how useful it can be.
Celsa's avatar
Really? I use it very often XDD How did you fix contrast before?
Jenzay's avatar
Before that I just used contrast/brightnes =o=
Spirit-Of-Dreams101's avatar
Woohoo! XD Thanks for posting this little puppy up!
Clauthor's avatar
Para quitar el rojo/naranja del boceto, un truco que me enseñaron es utilizar la opción "dividir canales" en la paleta de canales, y quedare con el canal rojo. Da bastante buen resultado.
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