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Pen & Paper Drawing Touch-Up Tips 'N' Tricks



1. Hello, and welcome to the pen-&-paper-drawing touch-up tutorial. Here you'll learn a few tips and tricks on how to make a drawing look professional and neat from a picture drawn with pen and ink on a crumpled piece of lined paper. In order to start this tutorial, you're going to need to have an image that you wish to edit already on your computer.


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2. First, I'm going to teach you how to remove any unwanted lines (from the lined paper in which your drawing may or not be on) from your image. Choose your Polygon Lasso Tool (it can be chosen by clicking and holding on your Lasso Tool and selecting the Polygon one). Now I don't know what your image is, so I can't give you specific, step-by-step instructions on what to do, but I'll try to give you a general overview on how this is done. By clicking multiple times on the outer edges of your shape or image in your picture, outline the main subject of your image, or whatever you want to be left of your image after you delete the lines. Here is what I have come up with:


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3. Now that you have your main images highlighted or selected, make sure you're on the Polygon Lasso Tool or any of your Marquee tools, right click anywhere on your image and click "Select Inverse". Now all of the bad stuff you don't want to be in your image should be selected. Now we're going to go ahead and get rid of all that. Press the DELETE key to do so.



4. Now we're going to fix up the parts of the image that got crumpled or distorted by the scanner or just by other miscellaneous damage. If you want to remove discolored lines from a solid color in your picture, select the Magic Wand Tool and set it's Tolerance to about 30 (this value will change depending on the color of the other parts of your image, if you put more tolerance and Contiguous is unchecked and you select all of the, say, yellow in your image, all of the yellow will be selected, not necisarilly the one part you want, so choose a tolerance according to that). Now click on that color. Most of it should be selected. Some of it won't so you'll have to go in with the Polygon Lasso Tool and touch up the selection.



5. Now select your Eyedropper Tool. Click on the area of the color you want your selection to be filled with. Now Press ALT + BACKSPACE to fill your selection with that color. Repeat these steps a few times for all of the different areas of your image that has lines and whatnot.



6. That is really all the tips I will give in this tutorial. I may write a sequal with more tips 'n' tricks you may find useful so tune in and maybe you'll learn something new and interesting. My final image looks like this:


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I hope this tutorial has helped you learn something.
Author's Note: The reason you can't take this image is because I didn't draw it, nor would we want you to steal it or anything like that.

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