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    Cleaning pencil lineart in PS7

    I'd like some assistance on this fellas. I have been looking around for tutorials and resources on the subject but most seem to be straying away from my issue. I am scanning line art and adjusting them in photoshop to give them that simular appearance as one sees what he gets on traditional paper surface.
    My issue revolves around having very gritty/hazey background whites (paper) with lighter/soft pencils. I have tried adjusting with Levels and Curves and Contrast settings in photoshop to tweak these issues. They do well but when tweaking levels to darken pencils, the paper/surrounding background grit darkens and when lighting up the whites (paper) the pencils become too soft.
    Erasing between the lines to get rid of the 'fog grit' without f**king up the line detail work is a hassle.
    Tried using Wand tool; leaves too many whites in the lines. I'm hoping there is a way to save the lines (pencil & inked) while simultaneously making the gritty-foggy paper white, whiter...
    I'm saying right off the bat that I am quite new with alot of photoshop's tools and neat tricks, but I am already familiar with Layers and a few other basic needs.

    Any suggestions?

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    How clean is your lineart on paper?

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    I have tightened the lines and cleaned up as much of the pencil smudging possible to the naked eye, it isn't a very sketchy pencil work. I can't imagine that I've cleaned up all the smudging and lines and even though they're no longer visible on paper, when darkened on photoshop becomes fogged and gritty (specially around the edges).

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    A graph will pop up giving you the option of controling the amount of light colors, medium colors and dark colors. In this case you will have control over the amount black, grey, white. Try moving the controls around until you are satisfied with image.

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    Murkhanand thanks for the reply. You don't mean the "Levels" option do you?

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    I, too, would like to know how to get clean sketch lines. Something similar to this:

    http://fc09.deviantart.net/images3/i...d/0/sketch.jpg

    or this:

    http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs14/i/20...oveariddle.jpg

    Tips, guys?

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    Peronsonally, I would advise to go over your lineart with Pen Tool, it should give you nie chrisp edges

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    Hi. Uh, nice suggestion but that would defeat the purpose of me submitting a pencil lineart sketch. :/

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    Now... this is just me assuming, but I think the original lineart is much much more messy.

    I think they honestly draw out the image as they see it, messy and all, then use a lightbox to trace over the lines that they think are worthy of the finalized piece.

    I could be wrong, but that's just my assumption.

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