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jonow

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My friend has drawn a pretty elaborate and detailed sketch that he would like to be fixed up in Photoshop. The issue is all the lines he has made have bled a little so none of the lines are straight and when you look at the detail it does not look to good.

Is there a way to easily smooth out these lines and remove the bleed without removing the detail? I have tried things from blur to refining edges and it works to some degree but I loose detail. Attached is the image and a zoomed in version to show the detail that there is and the bleeding that needs to be removed. Also I am not sure if it matters but I plan to eventually vectorize it.
 

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I did do that and it works for a good portion of the image but in some parts there are either very thin lines or there are sharp corners that get rounded out too much
 

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I sometimes have that. My workaround is to make a copy of the untouched drawing layer so I can superimpose it over the feathered layer. Then Erase what I don't like on either layer till I get the look I need.

Kinda longwinded work but works for me in what Ive done. I can't say much on how it would be like on your image.
 

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Then again... did you scan this in b&w or greyscale? Two different outputs ya know.... and it looks like your scan is in B&W which would usually have those jagginess.....

just saying...
 

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I am not sure. I didn't scan it. It may have been adjusted a little before I got it but the original has very good contrast
 
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Hi jonow

I've used your sample and tried to fix the edge bleeding, and i came up whit this.

small0.jpg

A bit of improvement don't you think, and i used this third party filter Topaz Clean - Edge and Texture Control ,you can download the trial version and start experimenting whit it.

There's a couple other tool option's in this filter but the cartooned style, will be the one who works the better whit your picture.

Hope this helps.
 

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