Omg I love your edits! Do you have any tips for people redrawing/cleaning up images? I use photoshop a lot and I've been trying to figure out the complexity of after effects haha.
I do all the cleaning/redrawing in Photoshop! After Effects is solely for the animation part.
Here are my
very bad tips:
1) Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool, not the Eraser
Eraser can get very time consuming with trying to get the edges and corners. I use the polygonal lasso tool to outline the character (if you mess up on a line, just press Delete and it’ll delete just that one line), then I just right click > layer via cut and delete the background layer. If the image is very large, I just go in sections around the character while deleting the background.
2) Use the Clone Stamp and Healing Brush
I’m pretty sure anyone who does cleaning/redrawing often already knows about this but if you don’t, get to know them now!!
Watch/read tutorials on them and get to know how they work. That way, you don’t need to redraw from scratch or crop out something because you don’t know how to get rid of that damn speech bubble covering half the character’s face. Also helps a lot with redrawing screentones and gradients.
3) Something big you gotta redraw? Duplicate!!
So, in this edit I did, I had to redraw this damn sleeve (and the stuff the text is covering but we’ll focus on the sleeve here) because she was going to be in the center and a cut off sleeve would look weird
Welp. Duplicate the other sleeve, reverse, change the size, and apply the clone stamp where it is needed, erase around, then merge the layers once happy! Think of clone stamp in this case as something to ease in the choppy transition – sorta like fixing the blemishes
I like to use duplication when the redrawing involves something that is an object, is large, complicated, etc. Something that a clone stamp can’t really do without going through more trouble than needed.
So in this edit I did, Juuzou has this damn box covering the pattern of this strap so I gotta get rid of that and redraw the pattern but ain’t no one got time for that.
Soooo, after I remove it, I just duplicate one of the already present triangles, angle it and boom. I do the same thing again, switch it vertically to change it up a bit (because who is gonna notice tbh), and boom again.
Finally, don’t stress over small details
No one is going to notice probably especially if it’s a motion manga gif moving around like crazy. Maybe more noticeable if it’s just a still cap but don’t stress over small details
I still do it though I spend hours on dumb details no one will notice. So if that clone stamp ain’t cloning the right shade or pixel or whatever, don’t worry. Just get the general image of what you’re cloning down. No one is gonna notice that one wrinkle is going the wrong way unless they’re a bitter critic then good luck
Hope that helped!
We need an appreciation day for all people who clean/redraw manga……