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Translations: Gintama 510 (2)
I hope I'm not too out-of-place asking for some help with shoujo magazine raws. Shoujo manga likes its ~tones~ and things like flower or bubble patterns, so I'm having trouble cleaning them without losing the tones.
So the problem with magazine raws is--the quality sucks. Seriously, who came up with the bright idea to print magazine chapters in color?! No matter how I manipulate it, the scan always looks LQ-MQ at best, and I'm pretty picky about HQ. I think I offended my scanner when I told her I might try to look for the tanks (not that hers weren't nice, and I really do appreciate the scans, but editing them is a pain). However, the project has been stalled looking for another scanner for tanks, so I think I'll just suck it up and try to get as much quality out of these scans as possible.
Here are two sample scans:
Here are my attempts to do some preliminary cleaning.
(Seriously, I want to cry--the quality is so bad.)
-Would I be able to redraw grays? I'd be willing to give it a shot...
i tried to level your first sample^^
my result: click!
tried my level
Last edited by StarStorm; April 07, 2010 at 12:48 PM.
^ That's pretty much as close as you can get at getting anything decent out of those scans.
And about the color pages, just change the mode to grayscale. It'll probably be less of a pain.
could u tell me the settings for topaz?
i am trying to get the same effect u have done... but still no luck....
which version of topaz do u use?
I am using Denoise 4 and Clean 3. Did you also try burning the bad grays ? Also, the preset for denoise was close to "RAW with high noise" and for clean was close to "Cartooned". They were close but not the same and hence I posted the settings. In short you can start from them and adjust to your liking.
ah got it now. thanks man. i was not using clean properly. thanks
I finally got some time to spend on the second page. From your clean of the second page, I noticed that the right side of the page had a few pixels wide of column missing. I assume you cropped it since there was some unwanted doodles there (you can see that the guy's hair is missing in your clean as compared to the raw). Also there seems to be a lot of noise in those grays that you mentioned you wanted to redraw. Some details of the car were also lost due to over-leveling. When I leveled the page after a little denoising, I noticed the same thing. Also since the page had different levels at different parts, I had to level the page section by section. The bottom part of the page had to leveled separately and the panel with the car had to be leveled separately else it will lose quite a lot of detail. Here is the clean including emptying the bubbles and some redraws after the text was removed (I left the page numbers intact since I have seen them in some mangas I read). Hope it helps.
PS: I also had to rotate the page by 0.2 deg CCW.
I am just pointing out some things that noticed, I have mentioned this before that I am not an expert, just in the learning phase all thanks to the MH Academy.
Last edited by znromonk; May 27, 2010 at 12:57 PM.