Using Photoshop's "Black & White" adjustment vs. rough blue line art.
When I draw a thing, I often first draw it rough using Col-Erase™ blue pencil. Then I go over top and make it look NICER using a dark pencil.
I used to remove the blue pencil from the image in Photoshop by selecting the “blue” channel of the RGB scan and turning that into the line art. That was the old way! This is the new way, and it is better!
Look at this drawing. This is what a raw scan usually looks like. See the faint blue lines in there? Ick.
This is what it looks like when I select the blue RGB channel:
It’s pretty effective, but not a critical hit. I can still see faint traces of the blue lines:
Normally I wouldn’t worry about it. I’d just blow ‘em out by increasing the contrast (through the Curves or Levels adjustment). BUT WHY SETTLE FOR THAT?
I don’t know when Photoshop introduced the Black & White adjustment tool, but it’s my new best friend. Let’s make a Black & White adjustment layer above our raw scan.
You’ll get this fun palette popping up:
… but you’ll still see the faint blue lines. They’ll be in black & white, but they’re still very visible. HOLD ON, that’s because we haven’t DONE ANYTHING yet.
CLICK! I select the “Blue Filter” preset:
Now look where those blue lines used to be:
You can even jack the sliders up to make your old blue lines look BRIGHTER, which is no big deal because our goal in the end will be to make that light-grey that used to be my white paper actually look white.
I'ma add a Curves adjustment layer.
Fiddle with the curves til your paper surface is white and your lines look about as good as they can look:
YOU CAN STOP NOW IF THAT’S ALL YOU WANT. Here’s some bonus shizz. I’m going to show you how to make the most useful line art you can have. Go to the Channels palette and command-click (or CTRL-click if you need your instructions to be that specific to your own personal life experience) the RGB channel’s thumbnail:
You’ll get a selection in the shape of your lines. Important : INVERT SELECTION. Don’t “invert” the contents of the selection, use the INVERT SELECTION menu thing or just press command-shift-I. Then make a new layer to accommodate your line art:
Fill the selection with your colour of choice:
Ta-da! You have useful line art. Why is this more useful than simply setting your line art layer to “Multiply?” Well, give it a try and see if you can’t come up with your own reason. Or just trust me. It’s MORE FLEXIBLE.
It turns out recent smartphones can shoot photos in RAW/DNG instead of straight up giving you a JPG. This should also toggle off all the automatic denoising/sharpening, giving you a really clean file to work with.
The extra dynamic range makes for a much greater picture, especially in extreme scenarios, like forests. While they may be occasionally noisy, it’s still way better than an oversmoothed/sharpened photo, and most denoising methods out there will be way nicer than what phones automatically do.
Try flipping back and forth on these two pictures! The left one was captured using automatic mode, the right one is the RAW with a few processing adjustments. You can process RAW/DNG files in Adobe Lightroom, which also has a mobile app that does exactly the same thing the desktop version does—that’s how I found out about all this! It’s very easy. I wish I’d started shooting pics in RAW earlier!
On Samsung Galaxy S* phones, you can do RAW by using the “Pro” mode of the camera and also, under Settings > Picture size, ticking the “save both RAW and JPEG” choice. Bonus pic from Dota 2’s The International 2017 tournament:
what would the boys do if their SO got wounded in battle protecting them? TYSM
Alright, I got this! Now I have no diddly darn clue just ??how?? the potions system actually works since Ignis literally just reaches out his hand and then you see bubbles and then wow healing!! so- bear with me?
Note: Prompto’s??made me cry?? but I wrote it?? stop @ self??
Note Note: You are a different kind of addition to the team in each scenario!
here’s a gist of what was done to it in Lightroom, haha, with a couple other alterations on sliders further down
RAW files save the detail, for sure. This new camera I got is also very sharp and seems to preserve more details, too, it’s fucking fab for editing because I feel like I have more of a stable foundation to work with. Basically just brought up the exposure significantly, highlights, shadows, whites, etc., and toned down the blacks. Also used the luminescence sliders down lower to lighten certain parts of the image. It wasn’t sharpened and the clarity tool wasn’t adjusted at all, the RAW file just preserved it that sharp!
I’m better with saving underexposed images than I am salvaging overexposed images - I never know WHAT to do to fix those.
Been doing a lot of experimental photography over the past 6 months trying to perfect this style, not quite yet there, but progressing in a way.They may not look like it, but these are original jpegs with no post processing except minor camera raw adjustments.
Hey! I did a few experiments like this with other photographerslast year. I do a lot of editing to my own photos, and the results from other photographers were good, but varied. I did find that most people edit their photos way less than I do. I used Photoshop to edit the photo, with a ballpark RAW adjustment followed by some adjustment layers. Unsharp mask’d then JPEG’d. Hope you like it!