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Making photos of traditional drawings look nice

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SO, this finally uploaded! Took me way too long, it was just supposed to be a small thing.. x.x

I did this mainly for the Newbie Artist Training Grounds that's running currently, because I saw many people upload poorly lit photos of their drawings, making really nice drawings look not so nice. Doing a very quick search I didn't find a tutorial specifically for photos (and not scans) of traditional drawings, so I'd thought I'd make one!

(That's also why I did the Derpy drawing in the first place).

I'm not sure if I made this too complex, but I really hope it helps a few people. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

You can download Gimp here:

Note that I'm using an older version, so it might look a bit different on your screen, but the tools and functions should be located at the same places.

Tutorial by me
Derpy drawing by me
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (c) Hasbro
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SleepyShadowArtist's avatar
Thanks again for the tutorial. :) 
AbyssalEmissary's avatar
Thanks for this tutorial, Chiramii-chan. :) Too often you see nice drawings in unnecessarily bad quality. So I hope this will help some people to achieve better pictures of their drawings. :)
And although I use a scanner I'm still often not happy with the results as they need too much post-editing. But it's getting better with every bit of information about color management, color perception and color reproduction I read. :)
Chiramii-chan's avatar
That's why I made the tutorial. Hate to see nice drawings in bad photo quality, which could be fixed in just a few minutes. ^^
Zene's avatar
Thanks for posting this! I have been taking quick phone photos with so-so lighting for most of my entries so far, and simply adjusting the brightness/contrast and levels in photoshop. I'll have to try the multiply method next time! :)
Chiramii-chan's avatar
I hope it helps! :)

Lighting wise your pictures look quite good so far though, brightness and contrast mostly do the job. The multiply thing is just an additional step which I found useful. But yeah definitely worth trying. ;)
paoiue's avatar
Thanks. I never thought of touching up the pictures before sending them into NATG. Got to start doing this from now on.
IronHoofes's avatar
Thank you this is great
TuffyLive's avatar
Wow this is very helpful thanks a lot :D
Fox-Kai's avatar
oh wow this will help me a lot.
thanks for doing this
Chiramii-chan's avatar
I'm really glad it does! :D
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