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Question in regards to removing notebook lines from drawing [NOT BLUE LINES]


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Hey guys!

I'm new to the forum and just got finished posting in the introduction thread, so I figured that it'd be ok to go ahead and submit a quick question to the experts on here!

I have a bit of a juicy challenge - I have a very complex drawing that I did on lined paper (it was a spontaneous drawing, was not planned), and would like to see if there's a way to remove the lines from this particular drawing. The big challenge comes in the fact that the lines are black - the same color as the ink used for the drawing. I've done a bit of digging online and have only found tutorials to remove lines that are blue in color, through hue saturation and levels adjustments. I've included a small snippet of the drawing below as a reference:

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Now, I'm not sure if this is even necessarily possible to do in Photoshop alone. I've tried to go ahead and re-trace the drawing using a light box, but found that the drawing was far too complex to duplicate through tracing. At this point I'm considering simply using a white fine point marker, drawing over select line points, then masking other lines that are more entrenched/unnoticeable within the drawing itself. However, if there is a way to remove these lines through Photoshop that would result in a cleaner final product and that would save time, I'd much rather opt for that route.

If anyone has any insights / guidance I would greatly appreciate it!

Anything is possible! I figured I'd go ahead and ask on here as one last resort before redrawing/scanning with the white fine point marker.

Thanks guys!

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Staff member
Hello and welcome to PSG.

Just use the Brush Tool. May be a lot of work but it's easily done.
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