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March 26, 2013


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Marc, may I ask a boring question? You work on paper with ink and pen etc. But do you then scan the artwork to share on your blog? If so, how do you clear the background to pure white without harming your drawings in any way?

Marc Johns

Hi Amber, good question!
Yes, I scan every drawing. To make the backgrounds nice and white, I adjust the Brightness/Contrast in Photoshop ever so slightly to get rid of the weird (non-white) mottled bits of the paper. I try to do it enough to even out the background, without washing out the drawing itself. It's a delicate balancing act. Hope that helps!


Well you do a fab job of that delicate balancing act! Thanks for answering my question.

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