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Editing Scanned Drawings

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Since many people asked me how I edit my traditionally made drawings in Photoshop, I made this tutorial today to explain everything as clearly as I can. I know that scanners often ruin the colors and that's very frustrating. I hope my tips will help you with that problem.

There are some screenshots where it's hard to find any differences between them but it's just because of the picture I chose for this tutorial (my scanned image is actually very bright and clean).

If any problems, don't hesitate to ask me :]. I used Adobe Photoshop CS3 for this tutorial but I think other versions should allow you to do the same as me.

My other tutorials:
[link] TUTORIAL: Cleaning Pencil Linearts
[link] TUTORIAL: Drawing Hair
[link] TUTORIAL: Basic Drawing Tips
[link] Marker Tutorial- Part I
[link] Drawing folds and frills in women's clothes
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Tsuenica's avatar
Can I do same thing with Canon pixma mg2520 on Manga Studio 5/ CSP?
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Chromarin General Artist
You can do this with pretty much any scanner and any raster-based art program. Some details might be different, but the general process with work in any program that has blur filters, color adjustment and layer options.
Tsuenica's avatar
Yeah but my scanner is awful...
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Chromarin General Artist
Check whenever it has been properly calibrated. My cheap-ish scanner occasionally adds a line in the middle of the scanned document every now and then, but running the calibration fixes that. Of course, if your scanner has damaged glass and/or non-functioning parts, then it's a problem. If you have a decent digital camera, you could try taking pictures of your artwork in daylight and still post-process them with similar methods as in the tutorial.
Good luck!
Tsuenica's avatar
Mmm..maybe I can sent you my scanner menu?
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Chromarin General Artist
I can take a look, sure, though I am not an expert on all scanners in the world. ;)
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Screenshot (34) by CNPica  here the setting of my scanner...
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Chromarin General Artist
I've replied to this image in your Stash. :)
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Lunangel07Hobbyist
All your tutorials are awesome and helpful. Thank you! :heart:
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AzurewhiteroseStudent Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing. ;u; Really helped me out.
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You're welcome!
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great-queen-morriganProfessional General Artist
This is really helpful tutorial!!!Thanks for sharing it.
I usually use levels and contrast, but I have never tried anything other.Good ideas-I'll use them.
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I'm so happy to hear that :).
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great-queen-morriganProfessional General Artist
I'm happy you are happy:) I have to visit your gallery tomorrow for more tutorials and art! It seems you are damn good!
Red-Priest-Usada's avatar
Aww... thank yo for your kind word. If you need any help or have questions concerning my tutorials then don't hesitate to ask. I will be glad to help.
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great-queen-morriganProfessional General Artist
Sorry for late reply!

Thank you!!!I appreciate your offer very much!I don't have exactly many experiences with PS(or at least not as much as with traditional art) and I'm not the kind of person who would do experiments with it so there are many things I didn't figure out yet, so advises and tutorials are very much appreciated:iconglitterglompplz:

Huh, it reminds me I didn't visit your gallery yet:(I'm still dealing with terrible mess I have in my message center after my more than year nd half long absence here:DI'm kinda overwhelmed
MissAvira's avatar
this is so helpful, thank you!!!
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Yam-ChiStudent Artist
This tutorial has saved me, thank you so much! 
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SalamandraVisualArtsStudent Traditional Artist
Huge help! Thanks!
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TawnyTytoHobbyist General Artist
Near the end of the tutorial you say to 'duplicate the layer of your drawing again and blur it with the gaussian blur filter' But didn't you already do that above? Do you do it twice or something? I'm just wondering cause I got a bit confused XD
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Yeah. I did it twice. First on the big 3000dpi version and at the end when the image is resized.
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TawnyTytoHobbyist General Artist
oh ok thx! :D
vickeybird's avatar
I had been looking for advice on processing scanned artwork. Thanks a lot!
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DancingSubaruHobbyist General Artist

This is very helpful!!!

Thank you!

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