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Thread: Dealing with Screentones drives me nuts - which strategy to follow?

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    Dealing with Screentones drives me nuts - which strategy to follow?

    I'm trying to scan my Kaiji volumes, and a) I know me way around image processing, but I'm a total noob when it comes to manga, and b) this manga is actually very gritty.

    Would you keep the screentones intact like here:
    http://someimage.com/JEZwKZH

    Or should I rather denoise/descreen/clean it:
    http://someimage.com/jgQgRuM

    There is always dirt on everything, the pants, the walls, the street ... and I have the feeling that that's intentional.

    Here's the raw:
    http://someimage.com/lkHd96v

    Target resolution is 2048px height, for viewing on an iPad. I actually scan in 600dpi.
    Please, if anybody can just point me in the right direction, I'd be grateful.

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    Re: Dealing with Screentones drives me nuts - which strategy to follow?

    Here is how the proper preclean (level/denoise) should look like:
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...0-preclean.png
    There is still some leftover dirt near the border lines, but that's something to remove manually. Leveling any more would damage the screentones.

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    Re: Dealing with Screentones drives me nuts - which strategy to follow?

    I see. Thank you for the input. You're right, I've overleveled it quite a bit.

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