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Scan Inked Bluelines -Tutorial by abraxa Scan Inked Bluelines -Tutorial by abraxa
Ok, so I feel like I've had to explain this alot recently. The process of taking inked bluelines and scanning it in so the lines don't show up seems to elude lots of folks. Recently having seen alot of people decide to use blue pencils and then only to have them show up in a messy grayscale scan.

So here's a simple tutorial laying out steps along the way of how to scan in B&W/LINEART mode and convert it to GRAYSCALE later. Also some explanation of threshold/tolerance settings... and the like.

Hope this helps some of you out there.

p.s. - as a side note... I like to use Staedtler brand Non-Photo blue pencils. Order them by the box at my local office supply store for cheap. Art stores around here seem to only carry Prismacolor brand Non-photo pencils... maybe because they're more "arty" brand or something... but I HATE Prismacolor pencils (pens are nice / pencils SUCK). They are all greasy and my brushed ink doesn't adhere to them well. Staedtler pencils seem to have a good mix of being easy to draw with and not all hard... but still inkable in a clean fashion.
Check it ---> [link]
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:iconmayako-chan:
mayako-chan Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
this is really helpful!
thank you so much :D
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abraxa Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009   Traditional Artist
I've found lots of tutorials on Deviant Art helpful myself... I'm glad I could contribute to that in some meaningful way. Cheers!
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This has been one of the most helpful tutorials I've ever seen. Now I can scan things properly! Thank you so much. :) :+fav:
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abraxa Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007   Traditional Artist
Glad it was helpful...
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zochiketzali Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2007
I always wait till photoshop to do the color correction, but I'm defenetly going to try this.
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abraxa Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2007   Traditional Artist
Yeah, I heard about the method of scanning in color mode and then eliminating the blue channel... but that seems to pull in lots of other garbage on my scanner like weird colored tones to the paper or other smudginess... Scanning directly as a bitmap lineart copy and setting the threshold/tolerance setting not only eliminates the blue lines but any greys or smudging on the page too.. thus why I like doing it this way.
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