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Preferred size on scanned pages?
Glarg at 9:30AM, March 14, 2007
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Okay, so I just got my Printer/scanner today and Im having alittle trouble. Everytime I try to scan a picture it always comes out too big, and that tends to be a problem because i want the future readers of my comics to actually be able to SEE the pictures instead opf just one really huge caption too big to even download. I know alot of you DrunkDuck users have scanners but please could you tell me the sizes you shrink your scanned pages to?It would really help.


- The sizes you think are the best.
- The size you use.
- Maybe some scanned pictures that you made.
last edited on July 14, 2011 12:37PM
WingNut at 10:00AM, March 14, 2007
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I scan my comics at 450dpi, so they're sized around 4000 pixels. This allows me to color really easily without it getting anti-aliased or ‘feathered’ when I zoom in. After I'm done coloring everything, I resize my comic to 800px wide.

It works pretty well for me. :)

last edited on July 14, 2011 4:50PM
Zenstrive at 5:40AM, May 1, 2007
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I scan at 600 DPI, do things with the arts a lot, and then save two final copies: 300 DPI 5“ x 8.5” sized PSD files and 500x707 pixel sized JPG files.

I then upload the JPGs so that the world could enjoy them :)
last edited on July 14, 2011 4:55PM
silentkitty at 6:16AM, May 1, 2007
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When scanning comic pages, I scan at 300 DPI, which is pretty much the standard for printing. Anything over that really won't give a noticeable boost in quality but does make the file size massive, and since my computer is not so hot with giant files, I just stick with 300.

Once the page is finished, it gets chopped down in Photoshop to 72 DPI, 600x930 pixels and uploaded to teh intarwebz. I save a copy of the huge file in a separate folder for printing.
last edited on July 14, 2011 3:37PM
rainingbells at 8:47AM, May 1, 2007
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My scanner bed's only legal size, it's not big enough for my actual pages, so I scan them in halves and then paste them together in Photoshop.

I usually scan at 600dpi, make any changes at full-size before cropping to just outside the image area, and then dropping the image area down to roughly 6“x9”, while leaving it at 600dpi.

Any coloring or other modifications to the art itself I do at that size. Then I make a 72dpi ver that I use as a template in Illustrator for my lettering layers, which are vector. Those can go over the art at any size then, but usually what I do is put them over the 600dpi pages, save those as my finished “for print” tif files, and then drop the rez down to 100dpi and those are my jpg web pages.

For color, companies usually want 300dpi, and a few years ago, black and white in the digital sub guidelines they were fine with anything above 200dpi. But more recently I've seen companies call for 600dpi for B&W.

Admittedly, I'm not up on all of this as much as once I was, but I figure I'll be cautious. Can always drop the rez…cranking it up and having it maintain some clarity…not so much with the wildly successful.
last edited on July 14, 2011 3:00PM
Eunice P at 6:50PM, May 1, 2007
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I scan A4 paper at 600dpi. For web display, I shrink it to 72dpi, 500px in width. For printout, I kept the size at 600dpi.
last edited on July 14, 2011 12:23PM
wyldflowa at 9:51AM, May 2, 2007
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I scan my pages at 600dpi - they usually end up about 4000px by 6000px on screen. I clean it up, tone and letter at that size then save them full resolution as duotone TIFF files (for printing). For web publication I flatten the layers and size them down to 450x660px and save them as PNG files. :)

I originally started scanning them high-resolution because I was haplessly optimistic and thought if my luck was up I might have the opportunity to have my work in print one day… That optimism has paid off I can tell you! :O I'd reccomend any comic artist to always work in high resolutions (at least 300dpi, 600dpi if your work is black and white) cos you never know who might come a-knocking…
last edited on July 14, 2011 4:52PM

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