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Tutorial: Editing Drawings by Cataclysm-X Tutorial: Editing Drawings by Cataclysm-X
Yes, I made a new tutorial! This time it's about how scanners work and how I edit drawings in Photoshop.


I know I said I wouldn't make any more tutorials, but I got soooooooooo many questions about this, and it's something I won't be putting in my artbook anyway, so I've been working on this all day long.

And now I'm tired... :yawn:

Oh well, hope it's useful :)


Watch my other tutorials here!
Eye tutorial
Nose tutorial
Hair tutorial
Shading & Blending tutorial
Drawing Progress tutorial
Detailed Hair part 1
Detailed Hair part 2
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Given 2008-05-12
Tutorial: Editing Drawings by =Cataclysm-X offers valuable tips for bringing out the best in your traditional drawings after they have lost their depth and luster due to scanning.I am sure this technique will help many traditional artists in the presentation of their work .Take the time to browse the rest of her fabulous in-depth tutorials. ( Featured by znow-white )
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dmasque13 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial!
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UsayFudo Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Very helpful :D
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keixayaka Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!! How very useful!! Thanks so much for sharing!! :D
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Amelthia Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!!!
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BubbaSue42 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Ah, so you DO use photoshop to make it even more realistic! I honestly thought it was the pure sketch... which is sad, because I darken my own drawings as well...

You are freaking AMAZING.

I added your Holmes and Watson picture, and started looking at the rest of your stuff.... AMAZINGAMAZINGAMAZING!!!

Would you critique my work?
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Balambao Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
AH HA!!! you do keep the tones reasonable for cleanup =P Tricky tricky!
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Aty-S-Behsam Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for this! :heart:
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klyelew298kovu118cxq Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oh wow that good. But not like on computer..art ..better art with white paper. Mm I only i love art. That not good for me..on computer. Better i art use with white paper.
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isra-ac Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Just what I needed, another deviant recommended it :) Thanks a lot!! :D
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justafuckinfreak Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Student
Thanks so much- when I read this, every moment I had this Aaaahhhh-now I-understand-effect!!
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iamamess Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Hi! Thank you so much for these beautiful tutorials. They help me a lot :) Good luck with publishing your book!
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cheesylily02 Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student General Artist
very useful! one thing i want to ask, how do you get the really light scan from the first step?
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doodlescrabble Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011   Writer
Wow, that's your drawing? Even without scanner, you're already awesome!
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Yukov Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for tut!
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Hummingjay Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
This looks really helpful but.... The page is small and I can't read it >.<;; heheh Sorry, do you know how I can make it bigger?
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doodlescrabble Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011   Writer
Have you tried to click on the image itself? It'll get bigger automatically. At least, it works in my laptop...
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Hummingjay Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
OH. Haha, Thank you >.<;; I'm really stupidd
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doodlescrabble Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011   Writer
Nah, don't worry about that. It's better not knowing than not asking. :D
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karinoonk Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Student General Artist
Thx voor deze tutorial! Ik had hem nog helemaal niet ontdekt in je gallery :x maar ik ga hem zeker gebruiken! Ik heb al zo vaak geprobeerd mijn tekeningen digitaal te krijgen maar het lukt me gewoon niet,.. ze zijn altijd te donker of te licht of de helft van de details is onzichtbaar.. aargh ik werd/wordt er gek van.. en foto's maken is ook niet atlijd de beste optie! ik hoop dat ik ze nu eindelijk eens online kan krijgen via deze tutorial ^^ thank you!!
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DutchOrca Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very helpful!
Turns out, I have been doing it wrong and blaming it on my poor scanner! :noes:
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Glamahdollie Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010   General Artist
I love this so much and thank you so very very much for taking your precious time to do this and all the other tutorials.. I will honestly cherish this for a life time :)
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laurenhiya21 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Student Digital Artist
awesome tutorial :3
(i've seen this a while ago, but for some reason it didnt fav DX)
but i was wondering...
how do you get your works to scan in so nicely?
whenever i scan in any pencil works, pencil lines are lost, and the quality turns out real badly T3T
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MorgaineA Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very important information
thanks!
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mephisto2501 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010   Traditional Artist
Perfect Tutorial exactly this what i needed :D

Thanks !
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flat-white-spresso Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
Ugh! I need this so much! THANK YOU :D
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Parker14 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
absolutely love you for your tutorials! All of them are so amazing and helpful!
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BlackRein Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this makes me wish I had photoshop, but alas I am poor :( all I have is my editing centre that came with the HP printer.
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bulletcluster Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Thank you :D
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Garanta Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010   Traditional Artist
Scanners are my greatest enemies... :ninja:
I really need to download Photoshop, because my drawings still suck when I post them online. Bah.
Btw, what's up with your art book? Is it finished yet? (You probably wrote a journal or something about it already, but sadly I missed it)
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H3lianthus Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i used the levels thing , but not i know what else i need to make them look good . thank you^^
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Evilcreations8D Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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vivsters Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this is great!

but i have one more question.. what is the best resolution to use for scanning? (for pencil sketches and such)

thanks =D
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migel00 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
my scanner suck everytime the image look so dark -_- i dont know how to fix it....
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kimberlyglee9 Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
thx this helps alot!
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dooona Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
thank you =D it was so helpful
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jangoloversdouble Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
haha whoops! i accidentally added this to my 'pictures for me' collection! sorry 8D
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Champign0N Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
thx so much! how to improve the drawings by computer is my biggest problem at the time :S
this really helps :D
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Alfteconish Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a dude,...
What pencils you use to make the skin,.. i mean 2h f hb,....

Exclent tuto,.. i trying now,..
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DrownedFeather Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
Nicolien, deze tutorial is GE-WEL-DIG! :+fav: Superbedankt, ik baal dat ik hem pas nu ontdek. Ga er zsm mee aan de slag!
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Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha ben blij dat het bevalt :D beter laat dan nooit ey? (;

:hug:

nog een fijne week!!
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moneeka Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial, I didn't know I could make my drawings look a lot better with editing.
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ramikin Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student General Artist
I all thouse fundies are being a bit rude by saying that you're cheating by editing your drawings in photoshop, because that isn't the case at all!!! I hate my scanner to bits because it fades reds and refuses to scan fluro colours, it also washes out any greylead pencil drawings I try to attempt. By editing you are restoring your pictures to their real life glory, and to say that repairing a washed out and genrally inferiour scan of a picture in photoshop is cheating would also be saying that the people who touch up the mona lisa after its hundreds of years of existance are vandals and cheaters too.

This tutorial is extremely helpful, and your work is amazing. :huggle:
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tansoman Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
thats kind of cheat zD
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SpecialFlavour Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
editing drawings with photoshop kills the drawing , when you use dodge and burn and brush to fix the lighting you are making it better but you should fix that with your pencil

i think it's enough to use photoshop to clean the areas around the drawing

and even without cleaning it looks more natural

anyway it's just an opinion about the idea , but your drawing tutorials are great and very useful , and scarlett johansson looks very hot :P
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DrownedFeather Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
So you're actually saying that Nicolien and all other artists should take their pencil and start to draw on their computer-monitors?

I'm just saying.
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SpecialFlavour Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no , i'm saying that they should share the pictures as they scanned it , not edited .. and that's just a personal opinion i'm not ordering someone to do this :)
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SandieBlair Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful. Off to my faves...
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EAHowell Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
Thanks
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Wol4ica Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for that tutorial. I usually used Autocorrect, but levels are better as the curves!
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SketchingPixie Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009   Traditional Artist
I was looking at your drawings, Oh my god, i wanna draw like you, someday I will *I hope* :) hey, I was thinking, how old r u?
:D Just curiosity!
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