Just wondering if anybody could give me some insight into scanning, retouching, etc black and white line drawings.
What would be the most efficient way of achieving strong solid black & white line drawings (similar style to Mike Giant)? Whenever I scan a line drawing, i find it impossible to 'fix' in photoshop. I use sharpies, fine liners, etc. 80gsm white paper. I realise scanning at 300dpi may be a problem. I hate resorting to livetrace.
Any suggestions on how to clean this up would be greatly appreicated.
There are lots of step-by-step tutorials in these threads and online that go into more detail.
Basically - I scan my linework at 600 dpi (sometimes 800 dpi) and I usually output at 300 dpi. Using Photoshop I adjust the levels and touch up my scans (smudges, flecks of dust, whiteout patches etc.)
If I create vectors from my line drawings I've finished those steps first - then I bring the image into Illustrator and either trace manually, or if it's a very simple image I might use livetrace and play with the settings.