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Natural Phobias by kiss-the-thunder Natural Phobias by kiss-the-thunder
I wanted to experiment with some different poses tonight, and this one came out and was fun! ANd yay for a yellow polka dot bikiini! :D
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glitcher Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a very beautiful and expressive pose, but I wish you'd adjust the contrast first to make the picture clearer. See this?
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kiss-the-thunder Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, I just went and rescanned and adjusted the contrast. Is that better? :)
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glitcher Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In all honesty..... the version I showed you was better. This one has more dirt on it and you can see a red tinge on the left side of the page. You're better off just uploading mine.
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kiss-the-thunder Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I appreciate the offer, but in all honesty, I'd rather keep up what I did on my own.
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glitcher Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's up to you, but your scans are terrible. Other pics you've submitted also show the same dirt and red tinge. I'm surprised an artist of your caliber can't clean up what is essentially the simplest part of the creative process. How can you mess up scans this bad?
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kiss-the-thunder Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
well, I would argue about 'caliber', as I am just a hobbyist, but instead of telling me how bad it is and berating me for not knowing how to do it properly, you could help me by telling me how to fix it?
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glitcher Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright fine, here's a quick lesson in Adjusting Contrast 101. I'll use this pic as an example.

In Photoshop, press CTRL+L to bring up the Levels menu, which should display the image's contrast in the form of a graph called a histogram. The left side of the graph shows how many dark pixels are present, and the right side shows how many light pixels are present. In a typical line art drawing, you should see two bumps in the histogram: a small one to the left to show the black lines and a large one to the right to show the white space. Underneath the histogram are three arrows. You want to drag the left arrow to the right side of the small bump, and drag the right arrow to the left side of the large bump. This will make the dark pixels darker and the light pixels lighter until all you see are black lines on a white background. See for yourself. Once the contrast is in place, just grab an eraser and eliminate any remaining specks of dirt you see.

The arrows on the slider below the histogram can also be adjusted, but that's only if you want to change the overall brightness of the image. I suggest you play around with the settings in the Levels menu to familiarize yourself with it, and you'll be able to adjust the contrast more cleanly on your scans from now on.
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kiss-the-thunder Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh, you do it through the histogram window? I've been doing it a bit differently, but I'll definitely go and look at that and see if I can do better, thank you :)
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kiss-the-thunder Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
When I posted this, it was via a camera on a computer I didn't own. I'll eventually properly scan the drawing, but that's why it is how it is <3
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SilverbackSis Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know. I hate it when that happens. XD
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