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Thread: First Clean

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    First Clean

    I have been browsing Manga Helpers for a little while now, the tutorials have been very helpful in learning how to clean manga. So I thought I would post my first real attempt at cleaning a manga page.
    This is just a single page since I would rather have you opinions on any improvements I could make before I attempt the rest.
    Anyway here are the links:

    Raw:
    Raw Link

    Cleaned:
    Cleaned Link

    I also attempted replace some the screentones on the cape and sword. There not perfect.
    Screentones:
    Screentones Link

    If anyone wants to look at the PSD I will upload it.
    Anyway thanks for taking a look. Any improvements I could make or mistakes I could fix would be greatly appreciated.

    ~ Commander

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    Re: First Clean

    Hey, welcome to MH Commander!!!

    Nice clean, not too over-leveled, not too under-leveled, I would say about a MQ clean there. Nice work!!! On improvements.... I dunno really, maybe try and experiment with the leveling, see if there are any nice changes.

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    Re: First Clean

    Good start! There are a few things to point out, though. First, your raw image has already been leveled. So when you further leveled the image, you over-did it a little. If you want to bump the black slider a touch, that's probably okay, but I wouldn't touch the white much.

    I'm not terribly familiar with art like this with a ton of messy gray tones, but I think your best bet might be to use the High Pass sharpening filter to bring out the black lines in this page. Since the size of the raw is small (1200px-ish) I would set the High Pass filter to 5 px-ish radius and the Blur to 1.7 px-ish.

    Using levels (without filters or denoise programs) to clean everything usually results in over-leveling.

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    Re: First Clean

    Hey chiresakura,
    your tutorial really looks great now!! Reminds me of the days when I was learning how to clean using your site^^
    thanks a lot for your help back then!

    @Commander:
    really good clean for your first time!! I think you slightly overleveled the page. Take a look at the borders of the cape thingy and the hairs, it somehow looks a bit too pixelated for me there.
    And the lower part of the left bubble's a bit damaged I'd say.

    As for filters and denoising programms, I can't tell you sth. I never used any, and I've to say that you can do without them!!
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