Step Nine: Touchups

Once I’ve the page is merged, I flatten the file and crop it back to 11”x17”.

Then I run a quick pass using Image>Adjust>Threshold using the default settings to return to lines back to straight B&W. I prefer this, because anti-aliasing plays havoc on my shading process.

Now, I move on to touch-ups. I create a new layer, and just start painting out in white using the Pencil tool. Usually, this just means cleaning up the page edges if I’m careful, but inevitably there are occasional smudges or grit. However, when I’m sloppy, like in panel 5, there’s a need make a major alteration to the page.

Panel Five Before

Luckily, this is easily fixed:

On the bottom layer I select the interior of the panel in question with the Marquee.

Next, I Copy the selection and Paste it onto a new layer above my touchups.

I then select the area where the panel should be and create a Transparency Mask from the selection.

After unlinking the mask from the layer, I reposition the artwork to fit within the panel boundaries.

On the touchup layer below, I go back and white out the repeating areas.

Then I create a layer above the duplicated artwork and use the Stamp tool to replicate the panel boundary line to close the panel. Finally, I link all three layers together and Image>Layers>Merge them back into a single touchup layer.

Once that’s finished, I go back and clean up any other problematic lines by painting white and black with the Pencil tool.

Panel Five After

Next, using Image>Image Size I rescale the image from 11” wide to 6.75” wide, making sure that Constrain Proportions is checked and Resample Image is unchecked.

Then I save the file.

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