Monday, February 07, 2011
Pencil cleanup in Photoshop
I've been trying to work out the best way to use just my pencil art to make comics, without inking it. Not for my main feature, but for fun side-projects, just to cut out some of the donkey work, to knock out quick comics for shows and things like that. I have a pretty serviceable pencil line - I've spent years practising not hashing around shapes but drawing things straight out.
The problem has been turning that greyscale art into something I can colour quickly with flood fills, which is to say, a grubby grey page into nice clean B&W line art. Here's how I did the image above.
1. Scan page at 600dpi greyscale.
2. Set the magic wand tolerance to 30, non-contiguously select the "paper" and fill it with white
3. Deselect the paper
4. Filters > Blur > Smart blur ; Radius: 4, Quality: High, Threshold: 75.4, Mode: Normal
5. Select the white area with the magic wand, non-contiguous, invert selection and fill with black
6. That should do it!
This didn't work perfectly on every image I tried it on - and fine details will suffer somewhat, but have a play with the settings - the basics are all there!
If you find this saves you a lot of time, maybe whole years of your life, why not visit my shop and express your gratitude in the only language my venal mind understands.
Posted by John A at 5:57 PM