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Gimp tutorial for scanned drawings by SilverChaim Gimp tutorial for scanned drawings by SilverChaim
- This is a tutorial for how to edit scanned drawings in Gimp. I know many people have problems with their scanner (Yes, I have seen some art that would look a lot better if the artist edited them a litte bit). Gimp is free to download :)
- I'm not an expert with Gimp. These are just some things I have learned by trying or by reading tutorials.

- Sorry if my english isn't perfect! ^^; And this is my first tutorial. I hope it looks okay :)

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:iconmedcri-san:
medcri-san Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, thank you so much for this tutorial! <3 <3
It has been really useful for me althought I
used it with a photo and not with an scanned pic.
I put here the improvement if you want to see it:
before using your tutorial: sta.sh/03lwr9swl6c
and after: fav.me/d7n18ox
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SilverChaim Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad if it was useful! The drawing looks much more bright now and you can see it better :)
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gothicAge Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hey!
i think its a lot easier to create two copies of the original layer, both 30% one overlay, the other screen.
eventually using the levels (white point or moving the slider where the tone scale begins) :D
But…cute tutorial.
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SilverChaim Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I have to try that! :) I use mostly curves in these days.
Thanks! Old tutorial... ^^; I should make a new one some day.
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lizzy2222 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is great i just got gimp!!! now only if i can convince my dad to fix and let me use the printer...
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:iconsilverchaim:
SilverChaim Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm happy if it's useful! :D
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phantomshoujo Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this tutorial would come in handy
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SilverChaim Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad if it's useful :D
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phantomshoujo Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
;)
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xXAngelsofChaosXx Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing!!! You did great for a first tutorial!!! :D
My first tutorial...well...was literally called, "How to Fail"...weeks worth of manga with kool aid spilled on it, lots of crying...
So...not bad compared to some hon, not bad at all! :3
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SilverChaim Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I have to check it out :D
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16thSquadSanseki Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You can crop the image also by selecting it and going Image > Crop to selection (or something like that, I don't use GIMP in English).

Anyway, thanks, I have to check if curves will help with sketches, I've never really tried them TBH.
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SilverChaim Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see, thanks! I have to try crop selection too ^^ I don't know most of the things in Gimp ^^;
I'm happy if this was useful :)
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16thSquadSanseki Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I've been using GIMP for over 2 years, so I know this and that :D But I still haven't explored everything
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SilverChaim Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have been using it 2 or 3 years too ^^;
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16thSquadSanseki Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
But from what you said you use it mostly for drawings and I try all different kinds of art :meow: And I'm not too good in any I guess xD
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SilverChaim Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, I mostly use it to edit my drawings :)
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Kareiki Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
Pitääpä pitää mielessä! :D (Olen tyhmä mut en tiedä miten saan vaihdettua kielen englanniksi, vihaan suomenkielistä gimppiä. Latasin sen kyllä enkuksi... :< )
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SilverChaim Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jaa, enpä tiedä.. Pitäisköhän se ladata sitten uudestaan? Varmaan netistä löytyy ohjeita kielen vaihtamiseen :)
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Kareiki Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
Joo löyty jo :D (olen jäässä kuten yleensä)
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lindaakari Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Reaaaally helpful :squee:
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SilverChaim Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm happy if this was useful! :D
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candyleaf Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omg I'm going to go try that now! :D

My drawings look so much better in real life before they are scanned T_T

Have you ever considered getting an HD Camera and photographing your art instead of scanning it? :D
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SilverChaim Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great, I'm happy if this is useful :)
No, I haven't. Have you tried it? If it's better way I would consider it :) I have sometimes taken pictures of my drawings with my not-so-great camera and the photos are usually too dark...
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BrookRiver Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK YOU
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SilverChaim Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! ^^
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CatherineDaydreamer Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
THIS WAS EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED!!! THANK YOUUUUUUUUUUUU <3
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SilverChaim Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I meant to write "if"... :D
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CatherineDaydreamer Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
NO problem I did get it :)
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SilverChaim Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm happy it this helped! :)
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MeiKat29 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
haha I've wondered about this. Your drawings always look like you put so much effort on the color pencils to make it look so good even when scanned. Hehe now I know how to make my drawings look a bit more vivid XD Thank for the tutorial. ^^
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SilverChaim Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad if it was helpful :D
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mjdezo Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice tut, make more!!
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:iconsilverchaim:
SilverChaim Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Maybe I'll make color pencil tutorial some day :)
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