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  1. #1

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    Default Simple scanning / line art question

    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.

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    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.

    Is that what you're asking?

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    there was a good thread on this like 2 days ago.

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    sometimes you just gotta put in the photoshop time to clean it up right...

    sometimes it's all in the right scan settings....

    http://www.gigposters.com/forums/any...-line-art.html

    personally, i NEVER scan at 300 dpi. it's always better to have the art in high res... then you size it down when you print it or send it off for production.

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    Cheers guys

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