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SCANNING AND CLEANING MANGA PAGES by Noiry SCANNING AND CLEANING MANGA PAGES by Noiry
Hi there! Since I was asked several times about scanning and preparing B&W pictures or pages, here you have.

I'm sorry if there's any typo out there ^^U
I intend to do a second tutorial explaining how I apply tones and how to prepare the pages ready for printing, but it will take a while since right now I should be inking my comic XD so whenever it's time to tone, I'll make sure to screencap the process :3

SECOND PART


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Saigith Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a another great tutorial, but I am having trouble with the "duplicating" bit of the process. I hand-drew, inked and scanned via scan app on my phone, and now my lineart is the "canvas" on Painter 2015. I right-clicked the canvas in the layers section, but all the commands are greyed out. Same goes for the channels section. Right now it really doesn't bother me with this particular drawing, but for future reference, I want to know how to make the lineart a layer instead of a canvas. I would really appreciate a response :)
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Noordeep-nyao Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
well, i dont have a scanner, so is there any way or solution to scan manga without a scannerSweating a little... :| (Blank Stare) 
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MegaAnimeFreak7 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Try taking a picture
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Delaving Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's cheaper to buy a scanner. If you want ot take a picture in a satisfying quality you'll need a really good camera which can easily cost about 200$ or more. Plus, you'll have problems with reflections and shadows if you don't have lighting equipment too. 
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DaiSaka Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student Artist
Thank you for this guide it was super helpful ;P
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jk0617 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
can't find channels. i have photoshop elements 8. i heard that elements doesn't have it but i remember using it once. Plz Help!
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jk0617 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I can't find the channels. I have photoshop elements 8. Help plz? I've heard that it doesn't have it but i remember using it once.
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Nekuri-kun Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hello, I'm curious on what image format it was scanned in, .jpeg? or .png? or some other format?
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AntiMach Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It won't be for quite some time, but this will be a great boon. Thank you for sharing!
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Sarablack10 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
SUCH a great tutorial. Very easy to read and follow and understand.
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IsThisAvailable Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
There's A LOT of tutorials out there for cleaning, people, you just have to look for it.
There's sites that go more in depth on tips to clean all the hard stuff.
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Lelia Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional
And.. where is the problem?
If people ask for more tutorials and if the artist decides to spend his/her valuable time doing it, what problem you've?
I don't understand why people like you comes to complain and underestimate things doing to helping other people
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IsThisAvailable Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
I'm just mentioning that if people want to learn more advanced cleaning, they can also find more tutorials online. So sorry if you thought I was insulting the person, though I don't see how I could have...
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Noiry Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ok?
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:iconunconventionalsenshi:
A lovely submission and very helpful, thank you for contributing! :heart:
I have a weird problem, kinda related, maybe you have come across sth like this : I tried this trick before on my own, with separating blue crayon from black liner with channels and here's what happened: the blue was in all three channels! :faint: I suspect that either the crayon I use is retarded and comprises of traces of various pigments and that's why it shows up, or my scanner is too old and retarded due to that :B Also, it's so weird because the same happens with blue ballpen and trying to separate it from black ballpen U_U even though they both look different to the eye, it's like the blue ink in the ballpen contains red too and whatelse not, so it wouldn't properly channel-split. I tried using conte crayons for this, both red and blue and it all works bad. I know there must be some special pencils for sketchlines, but what are they?? Thanks in advance for any tip on the pencils :)
sorry for ranting on this problem here, I'm probably doing something wrong, any tip would be appreciated ^^;
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Noiry Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
I think it may be your scanner, you can try adjusting the colors to make them all look cyan-ish before doing the channel thing. That pic I posted in the tuto with the red pencil was more like purple when I scanned it, so I had to adjust to turn it magenta to be catched by red channel.

As for tools, I use blue leads by Faber-Castell, they give a sky-blue/cyan colour that is very easily removed by the scanner (though mine is a bitch sometimes and scans it as dark indigo x____x).
Not sure if this helps ^^;
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:iconunconventionalsenshi:
Oh, it totally does, thank you ^_^ I will try color adjustment before putting it through the channel separation next time and see what happens then :B :heart:
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Mikkino Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012   General Artist
Thank you! Awesome tutorial. :)
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Popio523 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
This will be very helpful in scanning line art and other things. Thank you so much.
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jorioux Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional
Great stuff! Very helpful.
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sarkio Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Good tutorial!:-)
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LilyNion Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How the hell can you pixel in photoshop QAQ When I try it isn't working.
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:iconnoiry:
Noiry Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
I think I don't understand your question, can you give me more data? ;_;
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LilyNion Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, on this tutorial you worked with pixels, right? And it is also something for photoshop. But how can I pixel with photoshop, like, only one pixel? Because when I do that I still get the tiny weird lines around it D; hard to explain.
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Noiry Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ah, you mean paiting directly with pixels?
Keep pressed the brush icon on your toolbar, a little menu will appear, if you choose the pencil you'll be able to draw directly with pixels.
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LilyNion Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't have a pencil for that, only for the eraser D;
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:iconnoiry:
Noiry Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
What? O_o Check this for visual info: [link]
Both eraser and brush have "pencil mode". Eraser 'pencil mode' is set in the upper-menu in a dropdown menu, while brush 'pencil mode' is set by pressing brush tool and wait 'til a pop-up menu appears.
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LilyNion Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh you just saved my life QuQ I love you forever!
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:iconnoiry:
Noiry Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm glad I could help! :)
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manda-j-panda Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is super helpful! Thank you!
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HPhantasia Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Student
Fantastic tutorial! I was just wondering, though... what is size is Print size? And also, in the last part of the tutorial you mentioned painting the artline. What is an artline?
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Noiry Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
The size is the one you or your publishers (if you're self-publishing or working for somebody else) decide. It may be A5, or regular tankoubon size. In short you choose it.
The artline is the drawing in ink.
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HPhantasia Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student
Oh, ok, thank you! Do you have a suggestion of what you would work with for first time comics?
And that makes sense! In English I normally just hear it referred to as lineart. :D
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moonvixen8 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much for doing this! it helps out alot!
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LeeJiHae Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Student
Waa, muchas gracias Noiry ~ ♥
Este tutorial es muy util *_*
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iheartzimmy Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist
Awesome! What version of Photoshop do you use?
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Gnoll-El Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Very useful. Thanks!
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kamapon Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Me encanta, Noiry. Gracias por tomarte la molestia :)
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innu-amaranth Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Student Interface Designer
This will be of help, thank you! :meow: And now I kinda understand why our comic didn't look that good printed. ^^: But oh well, you learn from mistakes.
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AgustinaKazuyo Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
En español es más gracioso xD
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