9 Replies Latest reply: Aug 1, 2012 12:01 PM by Chris Cox RSS

    Does anyone have an answer?

    wiggyslog Community Member

      "I need to isolate my scanned pencils from their original background in order to ink and color them. How do I do this?

        • 1. Re: Does anyone have an answer?
          Sharon Huang Community Member

          What I would do is to have the drawing layer selected, then go to image>adjustments>curves

          pencil_0001_Layer 1.jpg

           

          Select the eyedropper on the right (sample in image to set white point)

           

          pencil_0000_Layer 2.jpg

          And click on the background layer. This should turn the background layer to white. Then you can use the magic wand tool to select the pencil outlines and put them into a seperate layer if you wish. It might help to increase the contrast before picking with magic wand

          • 2. Re: Does anyone have an answer?
            Noel Carboni Community Member

            Beyond simple Vignetting correction and Curves types of operations, when I absolutely, positively can't get there with a global operation, I select the Dodge tool, Highlights, disable [ ] Protect Tones, select a modestly small Exposure, and just paint the light colored artifacts out of existence.

             

            DodgeTool.gif

             

            -Noel

            • 3. Re: Does anyone have an answer?
              R_Kelly Community Member

              Did you ask about this in another post, which seems to be missing now?

               

               

              Anyway if you posted an example that would be helpful.

              • 4. Re: Does anyone have an answer?
                charles badland Community Member

                Did you ask about this in another post, which seems to be missing now?

                Yes. Then reposted when there was no response within 39 minutes.

                • 5. Re: Does anyone have an answer?
                  wiggyslog Community Member

                  For example, I am trying to color a pencilled drawing of The Hulk, but I cannot because the pencilled lines are on the same layer as the piece of paper I drew hulksters on.  I was just looking for the easiest and most efficient way to isolate the pencils from the background .

                  • 6. Re: Does anyone have an answer?
                    conroy Community Member

                    wiggy, it would help us to help you if you posted one of your scans, even just a small representative region of a scan.

                    • 7. Re: Does anyone have an answer?
                      Noel Carboni Community Member

                      wiggyslog wrote:

                       

                      For example, I am trying to color a pencilled drawing of The Hulk, but I cannot because the pencilled lines are on the same layer as the piece of paper I drew hulksters on.  I was just looking for the easiest and most efficient way to isolate the pencils from the background .

                       

                      As Conroy has asked, perhaps some examples would be helpful.  Some of us have been assuming you're just trying to get rid of artifacts of the paper showing in the scan, but it occurs to me you may be looking to develop a workflow beyond just that.

                       

                      Also, are you trying to fill between the lines to get solid colors?  If so, there are some techniques for blurring/smoothing lines that could be helpful.

                       

                      -Noel

                      • 8. Re: Does anyone have an answer?
                        R_Kelly Community Member

                        It's not too hard to remove the white background if the scan is black and white.

                         

                        Another way to colorize is to change the layer to a regular layer (double click on the background layer) and set the layer blend mode to multiply.

                        Then put the color layers below the sketch layer.

                        • 9. Re: Does anyone have an answer?
                          Chris Cox Adobe Employee

                          Sounds like you need to vist DeviantArt and watch some of the tutorials on comic production (pencil, ink, coloring).