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I just got a newer scanner after my old 3 in one behemoth died. I figured a pure scanner would work much better and although it kind of does, it leaves my pencil drawings looking messy. The other scanner would leave the actual drawings looking rather sharp and auto-remove or fade most of the random spots on the paper.

 

And whatyever it left behind could be removed by sharpening the image twice, setting the paintbucket on global, 50% and clicking a white spot with white paint. Then just turn the rest of the lines pure black with the global paint bucket.

 

But now that doesn't work, it still leaves a huge mess of spots to clean up. So any suggestions on how to get rid of the spots while keeping my lines?

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Could you post an example?  If the random spots are lighter than the text and lines you want to keep, you can dial up the brightness and contrast until they're gone.

 

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Glad to help!

 

The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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Here are the images and steps.

 

Line1.png

 

Step 1. Base image.

 

Line2.png

 

Step 2. Make Black and white.

 

Line3.png

 

Step 3. Set bright and contrast to 10.

 

Line3.png

 

Step 4. Sharpen twice.

 

Line5.png

 

Step 5.Use the global paint, color white 50%.

 

Line6.png

 

Step 6. Use the color black, global paint 50% on lines to darken them completely.

 

And there you can see my problem. Especially in the vertical lines, the lines look like swiss cheese. I have to Trace each line with the paint brush which is rather time consuming.

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Try this:

Start with your original image.

Effects > Stylize > Outline

-Move Intensity all the way up

-Adjust line thickness

Adjustments > Black and White

Adjustments > Brightness / Contrast

-Move contrast all the way to the right

-Adjust Brightness down until drawing looks good

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  • 1 month later...

Found an absolutely most superior way of doing it. Felt I should post it here for anybody searching.

 

I found that Black and white> Max contrast+minimal Brightness>Oil painting with the tiniest brush setting makes it practically perfect.

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Nice, thanks for reporting back!

 

If you'll post before/after images, sounds like it might be worthy of promotion to Mini-Tut status.  :)

 

The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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Digitally Inking a Pencil Drawing.

 

Before: Example0.jpg

 

After:Example1-1.jpg

 

As you can see the starting image is very messy with bleed through and smudges and stuff that doesn'r actually exist but is scanned in anyway.

 

Anyway my steps are

 

1. Click black and white.

 

2. Probably not relevant but for some reason the scanner causes the left edge of my paper to be messier then the rest. So before I can do anything else I have to select that area and lighten it with the 'curves' adjustment. Because its important that the entire image be at the same level of messiness.

 

3. Then I click brightness contrast, bring contrast all the way to the right, brightness to the left. Though sometimes i an image is extra bad I have to make brightness a little less to the left.

 

4. I then use oil painting with brush size and coarseness at minimal. This removes tiny specks and closes tiny gaps in the lines. Most of them at least.  Still far better then anything else I've tried.

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