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Tutorial: My Scanner Hates Me by Wolf-Suit Tutorial: My Scanner Hates Me by Wolf-Suit
Have you ever said the following?:
a) "Help! My scanner has killed my marker art!"
b) "The colours look much better in real life."
c) "My scanner is a piece of crap/ hates me/ is evil!"
d) All of the above.

Fret no longer, as this tutorial will solve all your problems and then make you a cup of tea when it's done. Repair your scanned marker artwork in four simple steps.

Demonstrated in Photoshop CS4.

Find the featured artwork here [link] and a Copic swatch chart here [link]
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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-07-10
Suggester's words: Scanning causes problems for many artists. When using scanners, sometimes, colours and details are subdued. With detailed descriptions, Tutorial: My Scanner Hates Me by *Wolf-Suit is attractively laid out and explained carefully step by step. A wonderful tutorial for all traditional artists. ( Suggested by miru-kai and Featured by FantasyStock )
Cleo-Peronei Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how about waster- base makers? 
HannahMarie-C Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016   Traditional Artist
This tutorial is incredible, I have always had problems scanning my markers! Thankyou for sharing your scanning wisdom! :)
SaucerQueen Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know why, but my scanner have the options, PDF, JPG, and TIFF, but it won't let me click TIFF. The only option I have is to still use the JPG. Please help.  And thanks in advance.
bitter-knitter Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Oh my goodness, I will love you forever for this. Thank you!
IndustrialRose Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Next time I scan copic markers I am so going to try this out :) Thank you.
PeppermintSoda Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student
Thank you for this tutorial!
anikestramitelek Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist

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alexwindstorm Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I can't thank you enough! THIS TRULY SAVED MY WORK! THANK YOUUU!!
kittyhawk-contrail Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for this. It's such a nice tutorial that I'm actually a tad angry that it won't help. I went looking specifically because my R02/04 and my BV series markers always looked flat or grey. Oh well. Now at least I know that it's not my own incompetence. 
theultmeitdrawer Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
were was this two months ago!?
priihfrasnelli Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My problem is that I usually do black and white drawings with shadows in pencil. The shadows simply disappear when I scan.
Do you have any tips?
Thank you! : meow:
JollyGolightly Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are a god among mortals
Aki-rain Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
...I favorited this last night so I could use it, and I just now realized that my Photoshop doesn't have the "Adjustments" menu or the "Curves" option. Is there an alternative option to use (like Levels) that might have a similar effect?
bake2x Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
use curve option window with ctrl+M
Aki-rain Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That doesn't seem to open anything, but thanks for the info! I'll keep trying shortcuts. I press so many keys by accident that I'll probably happen to come across it at some point.
Mysteltain08 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This helped me a lot. *__*

TARLACHRed15 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This'll be good for when I actually learn to draw...and use copic markers. c: Bookmarked and fav'd! thankyouthankyou for the wonderful tut~ <3
tthe13th Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ummmm this will be helpful as soon as i find out were i can get a scanner for cheap.....
bluevelvetwings Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This question has doubtless been asked before, but...

Can /anyone/ explain to me the difference between TIFF and PNG?
aimegami Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hahahahahha, epic. solid advice. i do similar corrections with my meager version of PS6 (yeah you heard me PhotoShop 6!!!)
UsayFudo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome :D
biizie Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love you for this! :heart:
Zoxyn Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i always think that peeps are so picky the scanned work before the edit looks just fine
cindella204 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are freaking awesome. THREE CHEERS FOR :iconwolfsuit:! HIP HIP HOORAY, HIP HIP HOORAY, HIP HIP HOORAY!
BlueRoseLeaf Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
*cries// savior!!! I must try this next time ><! :heart: Thank you!! :la:
Cavaler Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Thank you so much for making this!

is there any possible way i can do this on gimp?
Baenette Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Student Filmographer
Me gusta.
yvonne29 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
great tutorial
Quill-of-Wonder Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're a lifesaver...I've not been able to figure out how to save my work on my own...
FantasyStock Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
:icondailydeviation1plz::icondailydeviation2plz::iconcongratsddplz:Congratulations on receiving this Daily Deviation!! You've been featured in July 2011 Resources DD Summary!
eltitere Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist
But...but...I LIKE .jpg format D:
pink-gizzy Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Tested this tutorial today and it helped a lot, but my scanner hates golden-yellow-orange.
Have to practice a little more.
Thank you for this tutorial :heart:
seikiunne11 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm desperate for this. My cameraphone is really awful :chainsaw:
Si3art Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wait... Now whats the difference between tiff and jpg?
If I open a pic in photoshop, then will the colours be automatically "uncompressed" and the already bad colour codes with jpg will get even worse... or what? And thats why I should use tiff? :confused:
skyfireJax Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
<finally a solution...I am so emotional ATM...thank you thank you
lammygirl2341 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
WOW. You are my hero. :love:
DemonHunterJoan Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist
My scaner is very snooty about colour green, while the rest of the colours are pretty decent. Any advice on that, or shall I bring the exhibit A for further study?
Nikki0417 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome tutorial! Although majority of the stuff I submit is lineart and really easy to edit, these are really good tips! I'll have to try out the dodge and burn tools, too. Once I decided to forbid them from my drawing, I guess I forgot all about them. lol Congrats on the DD.
NebetSeta Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
ni30 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
nice tutorial buddy...
Eye-Of-The-Rooster Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow thanks so much! I just got a canon 4 in 1 and needed to now these things!
Poison-Stripes Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes!!! Very very useful!
Mishikaiya Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
Moonstar37 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student General Artist
This is going to be so helpful!!
myu2k2 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
with PNG being an accepted medium for DeviantART, JPG should be killed and buried in the back yard.
Flame-Expression Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
y is there no comments?! this has a daily deviation! and i think it is a good tutorial :meow:
Aeonoel Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Thanks a million for this! finally solved my problem!
ST-Attidude Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks for this invaluable tutorial I'm sure I've learned a lot of about TIFFs but then forgot half of the important stuff :p
gillianivyart Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I always use lethal force...
PiratePrincessCJ Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ummm... i don't have any of these systems, not even a photoshop. what should i use? and yes, i have done the 30day trial stuff and you know they only last 30 days DX
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