Quality Control for hand drawn items?

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Quality Control for hand drawn items?

OK...so, I know for the quality control side of a product, it should have smooth lines/edges...but what about if it is a hand drawn item? I used ink on a sketch pad textured paper, so the lines/edges aren't exactly smooth (not jagged or anything, just not smooth), but that's the way it's supposed to be.

Thoughts? Am I making a mountain out of a mole hill (I do that a lot)! LOL!

Here's a sample...

Should I be concerned?

i like them more smooth smiley

have you tried it with Filter > Stylize > Diffuse, select: Anisotropic?

but if YOU say "it is the way it should be!" than i wouldn't do anything about it!

Did you use wand magic tool for the extraction Tina, because I saw some missing pixels. As you said hand drawn words and shapes are beautiful to use in the layouts, i don't mind if they have rough edges but don't extract them because it makes them unnatural. Instead, you can increase the contrast with level adjustment or with curves, when you have a white background select the shape and define as brush. It will end in better result smiley

I know a process you can use but don't have time to write it up right now... I'll try to be back with a better post in about a week. If I don't come back then, please feel free to PM me with a reminder.

6/16/14-Edited to add: I'm working on a tutorial on how to smooth out jagged edges and I am using your sample image, Tina, to demonstrate. I hope to have it completed by the week's end. smiley

6/19/14-Edited to add:I've been encountering multiple hardware and softwar problems this week, so I'm sorry to have to say that I won't be able to complete the tutorial that I had promised. smiley

Tina ... if you have a tablet you could try redrawing over the sketch on a top layer using a brush with 0 spacing ... it will give you a darker, smoother image but it won't look quite as 'hand drawn' so it depends on what look you want. I find hand drawn pieces are great for journaling as it gives it the 'hands on' look rather than a digital look

You all are giving me more ways to accomplish this than I could have ever dreamed! smiley I'll report back after I've had time to play around with them! Thanks!

From my "traditional" digital drawing experience, here are some suggestions I have:

First, I would suggest inking on Bristol Board paper because it has a smoother grain and doesn't bleed as much as other papers. (I prefer the Strathmore brand. Just 'cause. Here's a link to it on Dick Blick.)

Second, I would use a brush-tip or felt-tip pen instead of a ballpoint pen. This will also help. (I love the Sharpie pens for general use. If I am worried about colourfastness and/or waterproof inking, I go with art pens like Sakura Pigma Micron or Prismacolor pens - traditional scrapbooking pens work pretty well for this, too and ZIG made some REALLY nice pens. They discontinued a LOT of them, but they can still be snagged on Amazon here and there.)

Third, don't sketch your design on the same paper you plan to ink and scan. Sketch on a separate paper, then when you are happy with it, use a lightboard (or a clean window on a sunny day) to lightly trace your design on your other paper. Use a light blue pencil/coloured pencil because the blue won't register when scanned.

Fourth, DON'T scan in black and white mode. Scan in grayscale and adjust your image in your digital art software. This will help preserve the softness of your lines.

This tutorial discusses using curves in Photoshop to increase the contrast with minimal loss of details.

Once you're happy with the lineart and get it to a good black and white contrast, there's this action to separate the lineart from the background. I LOVE it because it makes life simple (and will auto-colour your lineart to whatever your foreground colour is in Photoshop).

If all else fails and you have a graphics tablet (or a good quality touch screen and stylus), you could use a nice artists' brush in Photoshop and trace over your work. OR, experiment with the vector tools in Photoshop/Elements (something I have never done, lol).