Friday, 16 October 2009

Using Photoshop to Repair Smudges

One of the draw-backs to pastels is their infinite smudgability. Mostly the artwork survives the scanning pretty well, but there are occasional smudges. Luckily these are easily remedied in Photoshop.

When I get my DVD of artwork scans, The first job is open each illustration in Photoshop, one at a time, and carefully look them over, checking for smudging or flaws.

This detail, from the scan of the Bears on the Stairs spread, where he tries to bribe Little Bear with a chocolate biscuit, shows how the boy's face has been contaminated with the blue of the hall carpet.

Nothing a little digital plastic-surgery couldn't put right - I gave him a skin graft from another illustration using the 'clone' tool.

Another job down! You can see short films with more information about how I illustrate my picture books here.


Justyna said...

thanks for comment.
I like your illustration :)

Jill said...

If only real life blemishes were so easy to eradicate!

Lynne Chapman said...

Ha ha - so true Jill!

Candace Trew Camling said...

very savvy of you!

Helen Pickup said...

Thanks for the comment,'cos it gave me a chance to have a look at your blog. I spent ages looking at all your lovely illustrations, so much detail especially the little boys bedroom, you're really talented :)

Mundo Mundaca said...

hi Lynne, thank you very much for to visit me and to leave such gentile comment.... that coming of you that is a very talented and creative artist it is very important for me
Big Hugs!