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Adobe Photoshop – Manga Cleaning Part 3 – Redrawing


Nicely pre-cleaned page here ready for redrawing! Well actually, I haven’t dusted it yet since I usually do that after redrawing. Anyway, this is the area we need to redraw to join the two pages together. This is also known as a TWO PAGE SPREAD in scanlation terms. Zoom right in to see the details. This is why the bigger resolution the raw, the better. Zoom right in to see the details. This is why the bigger resolution the raw, the better. Since I know this area is black, might as well go ahead and burn the area first. Burning/dodging areas you KNOW are solid black and solid white saves work later. This area will be difficult to dodge to white so let’s just make a selection and fill it with white. Now we begin the redrawing. {There is NO shortcut and redrawing varies from person to person.}
Since the pattern looks similar, I’m going to use the copy-paste strategy instead of cloning. {Your aim is to make the two pages blend into each other NATURALLY.}
So here I made a selection, I’m going to hit CTRL-C and CTRL-V. {….as natural as you can get anyway.}
This pastes the contents onto a new layer. Now I’m going to MOVE the NEW layer. This pastes the contents onto a new layer. Now I’m going to MOVE the NEW layer. Using a mixture of transform tools, try and make the new selection blend in. So a bit of rotation… Then we move to fit. We’ll need to repeat this MULTIPLE times so don’t worry if it doesn’t fully cover the area. Take the ERASER tool, FEATHERED brush and lightly erase the edges of the selection. Zoom out to see how the OVERALL picture looks. Hmm…doesn’t seem to fit quite right. Let’s scale it a bit to see if it’s any better. Seems to look more natural now so let’s blend those edges a bit. Ok good, let’s continue with the pattern. Whoops, remember you copy from the background layer and paste onto a new layer! Bit of movement and rotation to fit the piece in…. Your aim is to make the two pages blend into each other NATURALLY. ….as natural as you can get anyway. This means, you don’t need to redraw every single detail. But should utilize what you do have to make it look GOOD. More erasing around the edges again… When initially redrawing, you should keep your last 2-3 selections on separate layers. Makes it easier to see where the edges should blend together. When you’re fairly happy with the 2-3 layers, merge them. Because this now means, we can use the NEW redrawn patterns. So let’s repeat the copy/paste procedure again. Doesn’t look too bad doesn’t it? Well could have been better but it’s decent enough. 😛 Now here’s where we use our own skills to make it more natural looking. Black brush, feathered and then brush over some of the patterned area. Looks a bit better now. This area next, but I’ll leave the commentary out since it’s the same idea anyway. Sorry this long pause is me wondering how to begin redrawing. XD Hmm doesn’t look good. There are times when you may need to redraw redrawn sections. These patches are dust and not actually patterns. XD Let’s get rid of them. Now the dusting etc etc….

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