Step Nine: Touchups
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 Iām careful, but inevitably there are occasional smudges or grit. However, when Iām sloppy, like in panel 5, thereās a need make a major alteration to the page.
Luckily, this is easily ļ¬xed:
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 ļ¬t 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 thatās ļ¬nished, I go back and clean up any other problematic lines by painting white and black with the Pencil tool.
Next, using Image>Image Size I rescale the image from 11ā wide to 6.75ā wide, making sure that Constrain Proportions is checked and Resample Image is unchecked.
Then I save the ļ¬le.