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Preparing Scanned Sketches For Digital Lineart by LittleMissSquiggles Preparing Scanned Sketches For Digital Lineart by LittleMissSquiggles
 
Shaboodles everyone, LittleMissSquiggles with another helpful tutorial-like thing for all my aspiring digital artists of the world. In continuing with the spirit of giving, I made this tutorial for all my beginner artists looking towards taking the final leap into transitioning into digital art world and are probably considering where to start. With this tutorial, I've provided some tips on how just to do so based on my own experience and self-taught techniques.

Hopefully it'll be of some good to you kids. As mentioned in the guide itself, this tutorial is the first part in a 3-part guide I intend to do on introducing artists to creating digital lineart. This part mostly focuses on preparing your scanned sketches. The other two parts will focus on the creating process of digital lineart. 

:star: Update: Part 2 of this guide is now up so head over and check it out! C8 :star:

All in all, hope you enjoyed this guide and as always, happy squiggling everyone!

~LittleMissSquiggles (2013)
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Also, if anyone is interested, there is an additional PDF version of this guide available for your convinience. Just follow the link provided below to download it from my sta.sh if you wish. 


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CNPika Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
hi... ummm.. I have Canon PIXMA MG2520 or canon pixma mg2520 inkjet all-in-one printer ( whatever it called) and every time I scan my sketch, it become too light or too dark. I don't know is my sketch book or it the pinter/scanner itself? ummm... can you giving me some tip or trick for it??
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LittleMissSquiggles Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Student Filmographer

Heya :devCNPika:

A thousand apologies for the late response to your question. As a matter of fact, I think by now you must’ve already resolved this on your own. Nonetheless I’ll give you my 2cents C: Okie Dokes. To answer your question, well to be honest, I’m no technician nor do I know that much about printers/scanners/all in one’s but I will still help as best as I can based on what I know.

Judging from what you told me, I don’t think it’s your sketchbook…unless your sketchbook is one of those ones with the black coloured paper. If it’s anything it’s the scanner/printer.

When you scan, do you scan with the scanner cover up or down? If you’re scanning with the lid up, then maybe it’s the intensity of the room or space that you’re scanning in. If you’re scanning with the tip down and you still get that problem.

Here’s a tip: Every scanner (even the all in one kind) comes with software to install and I believe there is part in the software where you can adjust the brightness or intensity of the image after it’s scanned on the computer. So if your scan comes out too dark, try adjusting it in the scanner program.And if that fails, there are graphic programs like Photoshop or Paint Tool Sai with features that can help you to adjust your scanned sketch so that it’s looking just right C:

Since you’re asking in my Preparing Scanned Sketches tutorial, I’ll let y’know that when I scanned my sketches, they came out a bit light or dark from time to time to. That’s why I bring them into Sai and adjust them with Brightness and Contrast so that they are good enough for me to see when it’s time for me to draw C: 
If you still continue to have issues, then try goggling “How to adjust brightness of scans” for your model of scanner. There might be a few sites or forums with answers from people who probably had the same problem as you so that could help as well C:I hope this answers your question and I hope it helps. If you need any more assistance, feel free to ask and I’ll try my best to answer quicker next time, I promise >D

 

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CNPika Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
hi again, sorry i have Canon MG 2500 series not the other thing it look like this 2.bp.blogspot.com/-1rsSYP2YuEQ… but i same problem even i put the cover up?
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LittleMissSquiggles Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Filmographer
Heya again CNPika-chan C:

Regarding your question, can you remind me of your problem with your scanner please?
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CNPika Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
Ok, I have Canon MG 2500, and everytime I scanned the picture it become to dark or to light? I try to color scale and become to light then I chance to grey scale but became to daker, I try putting my picture in manga studio to brightness and contrast or level my picture become to messy looking? I sent you a link of my scanner screenshot to see what i did wrong?
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LittleMissSquiggles Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Filmographer
Okay. Well, first let me say, I am no scanner guru or technician whatsoever. All that I know about scanners is from experience I have with scanners and I've only had 2 scanners before. One is the Canon Canoscan Lide 100 scanner I have now (brand new since my first one konked out this year after 7 long years) and an HP scanner.
Now the problem that you're describing is the problem I had with my HP scanner.

I had a brand new HP scanner that kept making my scans too dark or too light every time I scanned. And regardless of whatever method I tried (I uninstalled the software. Even took it back to the people who sold it to me and let them test it out). My question is, do you have another computer at home? Try using your scanner on another computer and see if the problem might be your scanner's pairing with your computer, if that makes sense.
When the HP scanner I had was doing that, I took it back to the original seller and they tested it out on their system. And surprisingly enough, the scanner worked well on their system. However when I took it home and tried it on my system again, I kept getting the same problem.
So try out your scanner on another computer and see if the real issue is either your scanner or its pairing with your computer. Either way, it might mean you have to get a new scanner to take it to technician who knows more about this stuff than me. Like I said, I'm only going on what I know based on my own experience so I hope I helped at least a little. 
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CNPika Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
Well yes I have other computer (but mostly I use my laptop) but even if put scanner on differences computer is still going to have the same problem? And my scanner is not hp :/
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CNPika Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
thank for responding back to me Llama Emoji-03 (Sparkles) [V1] 

for third paragraph, I always put my scanner/printer cover down but, my friend told me it better off to leave the cover up to scan.
for fourth paragraph, my scanner/printer did have the software to adjust the brightness or intensity of the image after it’s scanned on the computer, but it still didn't my sketch clean. Pikachu Crying Plz  I did use manga studio to make my sketch little more clean.
for fifth paragraph, thank again for a helpful info. and also keep up good work for your amazing artLlama Emoji-62 (Rawr I'll get you) [V3] 
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won111 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much ! :D
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LittleMissSquiggles Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
You're welcome C:
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