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Let’s Make A Comic Story Part 5: Touch Ups

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I’ve finished my Inking and it’s time to touch up my stuff. It’s more or less my technique of how I edit black line art on the computer.

I usually scan my pages in a PDF format at 600 dpi and I use Photoshop to import the PDF pages.

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I scan it in Color, Greyscale and Black and White Modes, but I generally use the color scans so I have more control over the greys before I work them down to black and white

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When you open in Photoshop, the image files will be in separate Photoshop documents, but I like to pull them into one document with each page in different layers

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I use Multiply Layer mode to help me align my artwork so it’s consistent to crop and align for lettering.

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All the layers on the Multiply Layer style mode.

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I begin cropping the page for printing.

I try to crop to the comic paper’s trim line. I don’t fret too much about making it perfect as it’s difficult to get them all aligned like that in the first place.

Here’s a page that’s now cropped.

I start by editing the Hue and Saturation by desaturating the blue pencil drawings. I use the Cyan and Blue settings to only affect the blue pencil work because I want to keep as much gray tone as possible to not destroy my blacks too much.

I then work with my levels, working to bring up the contrast of blacks and whites, dooing as much as I can to not destroy too much of the thinner lines.

More Level editing as I try to make my blacks deeper.

This is the panel of art so far.

Now it’s time for more intricate edits. This process isn’t too elaborate, I simply use the round brush and tools for a pressure sensitive, size changing brush tool and a non-pressure sensitive brush tool.

The scan caught my paper edits, so I need to clean this up, I used the Lasso tool to move some parts of the background lettering to realign the parts of the letter to make it better.

I work on the mall kiosk line art to to realign it to something normal.

I now use my Brush tool with the white color to clean up mistakes I didn’t catch with in the ink drawings.

I continue to edit out lines I don’t want with the brush tool

Here is the entire page so far! Let’s do a new stop for prepping this art for potential coloring.

I mainly use the same processes I use for working with most of my scanned ink art, but here is a primer for this comic. First, I adjust the art to be completely black and white with no greys by using Threshold.

I make adjustments to make sure the thinner lines don’t disappear too much.

I Select >Color Range, I select the white color.

This will select all of the white color in the entire image with little problem.

I make a new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N) and Fill (Shift+F5) in a Black color, making a layer with only the black line art. In general, I do this process with all of the pages.

Here are all page comparisons, from initial scan to final touches!

The differences are minuscule, but this it the process I found to set up my comic pages to color. I don’t plan to color it, but if I do change my mind at a later date, I’ll have these original files to go back to.

With all this digital work, I figured, I’d try a completely new thing to add something more to my black and white line art. Check it out at a later date!

Author: mastafran42

I'm a freelance cartoonist who has been going at it for several years at this point. I mostly draw cartoons, and comics, so if you need something funny, cool, or expertly done art, I have what you need. If you have any questions, job offers, comments, concerns, complains, or simply wish to say hi, message me!

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