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uncle fester

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How to make inking enjoyable...?
« on: 15 May, 2009, 11:28:28 AM »
I apologise to any lurking inkers/inking fans here but god in a bucket, I really find inking dull.

So here's the thing. You've put together a five page layout and all the pencils are happy and jolly, inking looms on the horizon like a cloud and you basically have to do everything all over again. So how to make it enjoyable?

Meditation? Loud music? Biscuits?

Suggestions? Do tell.

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Re: How to make inking enjoyable...?
« Reply #1 on: 15 May, 2009, 11:41:35 AM »
Option 1



Option 2

Scan it in to Photoshop and arse about with the contrast and colour settings and such like. (Like Roman Dirge of Lanor fame does)
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Re: How to make inking enjoyable...?
« Reply #2 on: 15 May, 2009, 12:27:44 PM »
I have found the most reliable way to make inking enjoyable is to get someone else to do it.

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Re: How to make inking enjoyable...?
« Reply #3 on: 15 May, 2009, 01:55:48 PM »
Three valid points well put, I feel. Each has their own merit! And welcome to the board, Professah!

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Re: How to make inking enjoyable...?
« Reply #4 on: 15 May, 2009, 02:05:49 PM »
The Bear has been here before...

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Re: How to make inking enjoyable...?
« Reply #5 on: 15 May, 2009, 02:12:44 PM »
I saw one post and have jumped to conclusions...  :)

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Re: How to make inking enjoyable...?
« Reply #6 on: 15 May, 2009, 03:33:31 PM »
I've been up every street, me.

Inking in photoshop - Scan pencils as a colour document at 300dpi minimum.  Make sure the file is roughly that resolution when you start inking, too, as any lower and the artwork looks blurry or pixellated when printed.  I presume print is the endgame, but if not, you can work with a lower resolution for the web.  Try mucking about with image/adjustments/curves (ctrl+m) or image/adjustments/'brightness/contrast' for approximate inking effects, but bear in mind this is only half the job unless your pencils are super-tight.

Many recommend Illustrator for inking, but I can't speak of such things.

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Re: How to make inking enjoyable...?
« Reply #7 on: 15 May, 2009, 03:46:32 PM »
I tend to find that generally I'm really pleased with my pencils, but when it comes to ink them I somehow manage to suck all the detail, fun and sense of movement from them. Anyone else know where I'm coming from...?

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Re: How to make inking enjoyable...?
« Reply #8 on: 15 May, 2009, 03:47:30 PM »
Well I'll be... the Bear is back...

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Re: How to make inking enjoyable...?
« Reply #9 on: 15 May, 2009, 04:12:50 PM »
Know exactly what you mean DarkJimbo, which is half the issue with me not enjoying inking - and skipping straight to paint!

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Re: How to make inking enjoyable...?
« Reply #10 on: 15 May, 2009, 04:15:47 PM »
Quote from: "Professah Byah"
I've been up every street, me.

Inking in photoshop - Scan pencils as a colour document at 300dpi minimum.  Make sure the file is roughly that resolution when you start inking, too, as any lower and the artwork looks blurry or pixellated when printed.  I presume print is the endgame, but if not, you can work with a lower resolution for the web.  Try mucking about with image/adjustments/curves (ctrl+m) or image/adjustments/'brightness/contrast' for approximate inking effects, but bear in mind this is only half the job unless your pencils are super-tight.

Many recommend Illustrator for inking, but I can't speak of such things.

I'm with you up to that point, Prof. That's how I usually work. But as Jimbo has previously said, a lot of the time you can find the life being sucked out of your pencils, tight or not.

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Re: How to make inking enjoyable...?
« Reply #11 on: 15 May, 2009, 04:28:21 PM »
Inking was about the one thing I liked about my graphic design course.

I'm guessing that makes me...odd?

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Re: How to make inking enjoyable...?
« Reply #12 on: 15 May, 2009, 04:37:04 PM »
draw with your ink! don't just trace, the finished product will feel very dead, draw + add to the pencils.

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Re: How to make inking enjoyable...?
« Reply #13 on: 15 May, 2009, 04:43:28 PM »
Ah now that's an answer I was hoping for. Though I thought it was kinda frowned upon in some circles, it seems like the only way that I'm comfortable working.

Much obliged, Jock.

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Re: How to make inking enjoyable...?
« Reply #14 on: 15 May, 2009, 04:57:19 PM »
List to Jock, for he is wise...
(Try pencilling and inking at the same time, ie, draw bits of a panel in pencils, ink them, rub them out, then add more to it. Make the whole thing more organic. May not work out for you, but it's how I do it...)

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