Comic books are immensely popular all over the world whether in print or digital form. Some publishers nowadays have developed a new marketing strategy by publishing digital copies of their comic books to be purchased online and downloaded. Unfortunately not all print houses apply this strategy, thus making their comics vulnerable to piracy. This post will teach you how these pirated versions are made.
The first thing to do is to plug and install a scanning device to your computer and make sure it’s working properly. Then you check the settings, mainly the DPI, I will explain what it means now.
Any printed publication is made out of small dots that combine together to form the illustrations and type. The intensity of dots that can be assembled in a line is known as DPI or Dots Per Inch. Any scanner on the market has multiple options to control the DPI of anything you want to scan. Your scanner is probably customized to capture 300 DPI, you can increase this to 600 DPI if you want a better quality, but it will increase the size of the image considerably.
You’re now ready to go. Place your comic book or any other publication on the scanner so that all borders and margins of the page are well aligned with it. Then click scan.
If the scanned images have a dark grey hue near the spine of the book, don’t be upset just yet this is pretty normal. The spine of the publication is usually risen much more than the rest of the page and ultimately receives less light, thus causing this blurred grey cast. To solve this you can either work on perfecting your scan or editing it out. To edit these hideous margins you must have a good editing software installed on your computer device; I personally prefer Photoshop. Although it might look really intimidating for the unfamiliar user, but it’s actually very easy.
Once you’ve installed Photoshop on your device, open a copy of the original scanned image; always make a copy of the original in case you screw up.
Using the magic wand tool you select the white frame that surrounds the panels of the comic book. All you have to do it is click on the frame and it will be automatically selected.
With the frame now selected click on the “Image” menu, then highlight “Adjustments” and select “Levels”.
The middle cursor controls the Midtones, take that cursor to the far left to omit all smudges, dots and yellow areas. You can even select the grey margins and increase the Midtones to make it lighter.
After that, select the margin using the Magic Tool. After selecting it use the Eraser tool to remove the margins. Set the Hardness to 0%.
Now you can enhance the quality of the page using filters or control the Vibrance and Saturation. Let’s try that!
Select “Vibrance” from the Adjustments menu and toggle the controls till you’re satisfied, don’t overdo it though! 🙂
Save the edited images and brace yourself for the next step.