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All About Archie / Re: New Riverdale Season 2 promo "Desperate Times"
« on: October 14, 2017, 12:39:09 pm »
While I was horrified by the original trailer for Riverdale, I'm glad to see it becoming popular and gaining a new audience. I haven't watched the full series but have enjoyed watching YT clips of Betty/Jughead.

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If they're doing a superhero crossover, I'd like to see a gritty reboot of (Netflix) The Punisher Meets (WB) Archie  ;D

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All About Archie / Re: Whew!
« on: July 04, 2017, 11:57:02 am »
At this point I think I'm only going to edit the stories where the color on the page is consistent (1989 comics and later). It's gonna be way too much time and effort cleaning up the older stories, and I don't think I'll be satisfied with the results unless I go in and recolor those myself, which...no.

I can't quite recall now whether there was a way to save a particular combination of editing adjustments in Photoshop, so that you can repeat the same operations on a number of different files, maintaining the same consistency. That's the sort of thing that's helpful in applying changes to all of the pages in a single comic book scanned. I used to save a lot of pages from public domain Golden Age comic scans, so yellowing/browning of pages was often the big issue, as the original scanner just uploaded raw unedited scans of the comic.

Yep, Photoshop actions are basically preset edits. For me, though, the time-consuming part can't be done with actions (i.e. cleaning up a dirty page), so I wouldn't be saving too much time.

Photoshop keeps crashing my computer...I just want to be finished with this little "project"  :crazy2:

Anyways, that's enough derailing SAGG's thread  :-X

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All About Archie / Re: Whew!
« on: July 01, 2017, 01:16:20 pm »
Have to cut down my Archie collection from 250 to 90. I've been trying to scan some stories from old digests and the pages always look so yellow and God forbid that the binding causes the pages to crease. Been trying to clean them up in Photoshop but I oversaturate the colors too much...any tips on scanning would be appreciated!
Hello, and welcome. Heck, I just use my snipping tool (thanks again, DR), and then scan them. I really don't think too much about the yellowing of the page or such. To me, it's the aging effect that naturally occurs to old comics. I don't worry about it myself...

Yeah, you're probably right. A lot of my older Archies are so dirty though lol.

You can use image manipulation software to change brightness, contrast and color balances in a program like MS Office Picture Manager. If you don't have it in your version of MS Office, you can download it for free here (just follow the instructions on the page):
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Where-is-Picture-Manager-58837c3e-34db-4904-95e8-4eca7b7c5730

You can further manipulate your scanned images using Paint, and even erase spots of dirt in the white areas.

One tip would be to always save a copy of the original scan before you start to play around with it. Then if you're not satisfied with the end results of your tinkering, you can always make another copy and try again, until you figure out a combination of adjustments that seem to work. Sometimes you need to adjust several things, brightness AND contrast AND color balance. Some people think it's all one thing or the other, and push it to an extreme range in one thing, but it's better to make smaller adjustments on several different things -- you just need to figure out the right combination.

Another tip would be to try and figure out what the absolute minimum resolution scan that would be acceptable to you is. Try scanning once that way, and once at a much higher resolution, and see if one or the other gets better results after manipulating a copy. Even if the scanned resolution is far too high to be practical, you can always reduce the resolution later, after you've manipulated it to your satisfaction.

If you try and straighten a crooked image, you lose resolution, so try to scan it straight in the first place. Another good reason for that is that if the panel borders and gutters are ruled absolutely straight, as they should be in most cases, you can drop a rectangular strip of white along the top, bottom and sides, and even in the gutters -- if there's not a lot of uncolored space inside the panels, that would take care of most of the page yellowing. Of course you still have to deal with word balloons.

You also can't get rid of wrinkles in the pages, so you need to flatten those out as much as possible when scanning, even if it means putting something on top of the book to hold the page flat.

A lot of the questions boil down to how much time do you want to spend manipulating each page? However, in the beginning you need to spend a lot of time on a few pages, just to figure out what sort of general adjustments get the best results. Once you do that, later pages will go faster.

I'm scanning as PNG files (~20-30 MB per page). I've been placing heavy coffeetable books over the comics when scanning to try to "iron out the wrinkles". Some are so badly water-damaged that probably only cutting the individual pages out would create a good-quality image (and I'm not willing to do that).

At this point I think I'm only going to edit the stories where the color on the page is consistent (1989 comics and later). It's gonna be way too much time and effort cleaning up the older stories, and I don't think I'll be satisfied with the results unless I go in and recolor those myself, which...no.

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All About Archie / Re: Whew!
« on: June 28, 2017, 12:37:06 am »
Have to cut down my Archie collection from 250 to 90. I've been trying to scan some stories from old digests and the pages always look so yellow and God forbid that the binding causes the pages to crease. Been trying to clean them up in Photoshop but I oversaturate the colors too much...any tips on scanning would be appreciated!
Hello, and welcome. Heck, I just use my snipping tool (thanks again, DR), and then scan them. I really don't think too much about the yellowing of the page or such. To me, it's the aging effect that naturally occurs to old comics. I don't worry about it myself...

Yeah, you're probably right. A lot of my older Archies are so dirty though lol.

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All About Archie / Re: Whew!
« on: June 26, 2017, 12:55:56 pm »
Have to cut down my Archie collection from 250 to 90. I've been trying to scan some stories from old digests and the pages always look so yellow and God forbid that the binding causes the pages to crease. Been trying to clean them up in Photoshop but I oversaturate the colors too much...any tips on scanning would be appreciated!

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All About Archie / Re: Riverdales new Reggie Mantle has been cast!
« on: June 18, 2017, 05:24:56 pm »
Wait...Reggie's Asian?! Maybe I should check this show out, new Reggie is fine...

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All About Archie / Re: Weird/Funny Comic Panels
« on: June 09, 2016, 02:42:10 am »
I think you are right Tokyo. Whoever drew the head, its not Lucey. I'd be interested in seeing the original. I suppose they didn't cite the original story?

No citation, the digest is from the 90s. I feel like I've seen this comic before in another digest I own, but may just be imagining it...



Where is this from? I'd like to read this story lol

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All About Archie / Re: Weird/Funny Comic Panels
« on: June 04, 2016, 11:21:02 am »
You'll have to be a little more specific. All I see in that picture is Archie trying to do an impression of Ed Sullivan. It looks badly inked, but sometimes that happens with reprints. Old comic book artwork was shot by camera and and kept on file as transparancies, and sometimes the ink wore off the printed side of the transparency, resulting in it having to be touched up by the production department prior to reprinting.

Okay. I just thought it was funny because it looks nothing like Lucey's work and isn't even proportional to the rest of his body. Nevermind then.

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All About Archie / Re: Weird/Funny Comic Panels
« on: June 04, 2016, 10:57:20 am »
I'm not sure what you mean by "Why would they do this?"  ???

Look at Archie's head.

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All About Archie / Weird/Funny Comic Panels
« on: June 04, 2016, 03:45:52 am »


I know they sometimes update older comics when they put them in newer digests (e.g. change dates, prices, pop culture figures), but this is ridiculous. Why would they do this?

I scanned this from B&V Double Digest #34.

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All About Archie / Re: Jughead #9 covers are beautiful!
« on: June 04, 2016, 03:00:28 am »
Juggie and Sabrina? Oh, I can dig that! I never liked Harvey much and I like Ethel better with Moose. Those covers are really nice.

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