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TSharkfan1

i'm working on a minicomic for TCats/TSharks fans, as a giveaway gift. here are some sample pages from the planned book;pg 1

pg 2


TSharks samples; pg 1



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Vaporman87
Like your pencil work. Very nice. Will this be inked and colored as well?
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TSharkfan1
if anyone is willing to do inking and/or coloring, because honestly, inking and coloring software frustrate the hell out of me.
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Vaporman87
I understand that. Usually I do my inking prior to scanning and then use PAINT.Net's brightness and contrast settings to make it more vibrant. Then I do coloring.

But coloring is NOT my forte. I'm amateur at best. I usually had someone else do colors for me on large scale projects.

I have at times used PAINT.Net's "Ink Sketch" effect to turn pencil line work into ink. Especially when I feel like inking will take away from the art.
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i sincerely wish that i had the patience to learn inking software, buuuut it is what it is.
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shakin steak
I have used potrace for "inking". Basically what it will do is take a scan and make into just black and white, removing all gray. And smooth all your lines. It's a command line thing, but only one step. Then when you open the resulting file in Photoshop, it asks what resolution you want the page to be (since it is now a vector file that needs to be rendered.) Or you could open it in Illustator which will work directly with vectors. Not sure what Paint.NET would do with it.

After that, if all your lines are solid, coloring can be a simple affair with the paint can. (If not, you will have some time with the pencil or brush closing up shapes.) If you like flat colors and no gradients, that is. I recommend using "web colors only" for this, so you can consistently get the exact same shade.

If it sounds good to either of you, find it here: http://potrace.sourceforge.net
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Here I have po traced the first page above.



With a cleaner or bigger scan, I could get better results. The whole thing took a minute or two. Penciling is inherently messy, but if construction lines are light enough and final lines not too light, the scan or a levels adjustment takes care of that.

This is all I did:
1. Save the picture. Open in Photoshop and bring up the contrast.
2. Save the picture as a bitmap. I named it "tcat1.bmp" and put it in my potrace folder.
3. Open cmd and cd\potrace.
4. Cpotrace> potrace tcat1.bmp
5. Open resulting file "tcat1.eps" in photoshop. Tell it to make the picture 6.5" wide and 72 dpi.
6. New layer, move new layer behind the first one, white paint bucket, save as jpg.
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Vaporman87
Nice. I have done similar things with PAINT.Net by increasing contrast and adjusting brightness, and occasionally using the noise or medium adjustments for smoothness or thickness.
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Vaporman, how can i post more pics in this thread? i don't seem to see any options in the reply forms.
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Vaporman87
Check the FAQ for the "embed image" code that can be used here in the reply box. I can't display it here for you because it gets parsed. You can use that code to post more images in this thread.
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