Hi, I'm a newbie here. Previous threads related to my question is probably
out there somewhere but I can't find it...
I'm still getting used to the forums ㅠㅠ
So admins, feel free to remove this thread if you think this thread is
Anyway I was wondering; what makes a scan LQ/MQ/HQ?
Is it just a subjective thing (eg. LQ = messy, HQ = clean)
or is there any rules to 'classify' the scans?
Such as LQ = no cleaning and HQ = good white/black/grey without
Pretty much. LQ is just bare minimum cleaning, if any, at this point. Wipe out the text, maybe level, put new text in.
MQ is more in-depth. Proper leveling, clearing out the noise (dirt, flecks of grey, etc) in the blacks and whites and all that jazz.
HQ means all that MQ, plus redrawing the panel frames, cleaning up any patterns and getting all the noise.
I think there was a thread here explaining the scanslation grades, but I dunno what happened to it. Last time I saw it was a while ago, though.
That's not the one I found way back when, but still a good idea of what's expected.
That's just MH's bias opinion on grade. Everyone has their own view on what quality is.
I personally grade quality based off the scan itself.
For example, a low quality scan will still be low quality even if you redraw and clear out the noise, and as such, a high quality scan (Meaning tankobon-like.) will still be high quality even if you don't redraw. You really can't "judge" the quality of a release based off how much work was put into it, though there are a few exceptions, such as Maximum7.
There's no middleman to me, so medium quality (lol at medium-high quality, the hell is that?) of any sort doesn't exist to me, either your release is high quality or it isn't.
Last edited by dosetsu; September 16, 2009 at 02:09 AM.
HQ mag scans can be turned into something pleasant to look at without redrawing all the patterns (with filters and such). That's what I'd call MQ/HQ. And a stylish typesetting also helps.
The thread on how to rate scanlations is right here
or other alternative is on this siteHTML Code:http://mangahelpers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2844
Ah, that's the one I saw back in the day.
Take example, scanlators like Ju-Ni & Maximum7 always use high resolution raws for their release on Bleach which about 2000 pixels width & 3000 pixels height. They only resize after they have completely finish, which make them look popular & sexy for the final product.
Despite their high resolution, it takes a painstaking effort to make them HQ . It's still cheap ink on recicled toilet paper, at least for Bleach (and WSJ) raws.
It's all subjective.
Image dimension does denote the quality of a scan to a certain extent.
HQ doesn't mean making everything perfectly black and blah blah. It's all subjective.