Drawing Comics using GIMP

Over the years I've had several digital comic fans approach me asking questions how I do my comics.  Well in the beginning it wasn't simple.  I started in Microsoft Paint preschool just like we all do when we begin tinkering with graphics.  Quickly finding out this wasn't the best thing to do my pokemon comics on at the time, I graduated to Paint Shop Pro it worked for awhile, but it was still limited.  (Although some people swear it's the next best thing next to sliced bread I think it's a piece of shit.Then I got into Photoshop, thanks to some student grant money and a student discount I picked up a copy for 400 bucks.  While it's the preferred tool I now use to do my bastardizations, it's not for everybody because of the price tag.  There is a sub 100 dollar version out there called Photoshop elements I suggest picking up if you want to go the Adobe route I'll do a tutorial over it at a later time.  For this tutorial we will be using GIMP.  I have had some experience playing around with GIMP on my Linux machine.  For you Linux users out there this is your Photoshop but there's a windows version available for you broke beginners out there. 

Introducing GIMP

The Gnu Image Manipulation Program is the best photoshop clone that I have come across and the best thing about it is that it's free.  You can get a copy from this site http://www.gimp.org/ be sure to read through the instructions carefully because it's not your basic program install. 
GIMP has just as much power as Photoshop although it's bit of a learning curve if you have come from that program like I have.
Now lets turn that inked drawing of yours into a Yaoinami Style masterpiece. 

Starting and working with Levels

Assuming you already know how to scan and save a picture to your hard drive.  (.tif preferably for best quality 200plus res.) We open the picture up via the file menu and locating it on your hard drive.  If you don't know how to do that then I suggest unplugging your computer and heading down to a local community college then take a windows computer class. 
Note the picture above us how grainy it looks we are going to clean the picture up some.  We do this by working with levels.  Levels adjust the light values eliminating the dust and grey grain and giving us that nice clean inked line art we all have come to know and love. 

You'll notice the sliding triangles in the levels adjustment box.  Getting the last two close together and adjusting down will get you the best results play with it.

Once you get it to your liking click ok to go back to your work. 

You'll notice that the lines on the outer panel have faded some.  That can be easily corrected by using the paintbrush tool.  Just click a corner then hold the shift key then click another corner.  Repeat all the way round to close in the panel. 

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