How Can I Edit & Sharpen a Scanned Drawing?

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Scanners allow you to transform a drawing into a digital file that you can then manipulate in powerful graphics programs like Photoshop, Corel Draw and GIMP. The software includes tools to sharpen and edit your drawing, often more quickly and less expensively than if you alter the drawing yourself by hand. A few basic materials will speed up your creation process on everything from watercolors to charcoal drawings and comic strips.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with graphics editing software program
  • Scanner
  • Turn your scanner on. Open a graphics editing software program, such as Photoshop, on your computer. Look for an option called "Import" which, in Photoshop, is accessed by clicking "File" from the top menu, then "Import."

  • Set your resolution size to 300 DPI (dots per inch) or higher from the scanner window that appears. Select "Grayscale" from the box labeled "Image Type" for a black and white drawing. Select "RGB" for color drawings.

  • Press "Preview" to perform an initial scan of the drawing and ensure your scanner picks up the entire image. Click "Scan" to complete a final scan of the image and transfer the digital file to your computer.

  • Click "File" then "Save As" to save your imported drawing to your computer. Give your file a name and save the it as either a "jpeg" or "tiff." Save the file to your desktop or in a folder where you can easily find it.

  • Adjust the brightness and contrast levels of the drawing in your graphics software program to remove any blurriness and to sharpen its appearance. Click "File," then "Image," followed by "Adjustments" and "Brightness/Contrast" in Photoshop to edit your drawing. Check the box marked "Preview" to see your changes before making them.

  • Create an additional layer and use the "High Pass" filter in Photoshop to clarify the luminosity of your drawing and give it an overall sharper, clearer appearance. Click "Layers," then "High Pass" from the drop-down blending mode list within the layers toolbox.

  • Click the tool marked "Levels" from the "File," then "Image," tool bars to further sharpen the drawing. Click "Auto Levels" to automatically adjust the sharpness of the drawing to its ideal level. Continue making additional edits until you are satisfied with the appearance of your drawing. Save the file and print it, if desired, or display online.

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