Hello, guys and gals!

Finally, I can get myself to make this tutorial after a long delay because I was too busy or sometimes, lazy lol.

That’s enough for the instruction I guess, now straight to the point: The reason I make this tutorial is for newbie/inexperienced redrawers to learn, improve, and might save your time from learning from all random, unsystematic tutorials on the net since I only teach you what’s really important, necessary, and from my own experiences.

In case you didn’t know, redrawers are the ones who remove the Japanese text over the background/art of the manga by… re-drawing those lost details. You might think: “Oh, it means I have to be good at drawing to become a redrawer.” But rest assured, even I’m not good at drawing but I’m still a good redrawer. After following all of my tutorials, you should be able to handle around 60-70% of all possible redraws in the manga.

Let’s start with the Clone Stamp Tool’s setting!

  • Size: It’s easy to understand this setting, the higher the amount is, the bigger the tool is.
  • Hardness: This setting is a bit more tricky. It affects the edge of the tool. To understand it more clearly, see this example: 

Both have 145px size, but the left has 0% hardness, the right has 100% hardness. You can clearly see the difference here, the lower the hardness is, the blurrier the edge is.

Why do we need to understand these settings? Depends on each redraw you handle, adjust the right settings will help you get the best result possible with the least effort.

However, in most of the simple cases, I recommend setting the hardness 0%, it might help you hide any possible cloning errors.

  • Also, set the other settings of Clone Stamp Tool like this: 

Now we learn how to use the Clone Stamp Tool, here is the procedure:

  • First, you take sample for Clone Stamp Tool by holding the Alt button + left click at the source area.
  • Second, choose the correct first point then left click, after successfully initiate the first click, just hold the left click and move it around to clone. This way you can avoid cloning errors I mentioned above.

Now we go into more details to get a better understanding:

Download this psd file to practice (it also includes the final result you should have and the hint in case you don’t get the right result): Part 1

  1. Normal Gray Tones (Difficulty: Easy)

Zoom in 300-500%, it depends on you, I’m using 400% in this example: 

Your job is to remove the “this is some fucking japanese text” and make it looks like this: 

That’s good cloning. As you can see the gray tones are lined up properly.

On the contrary, this is cloning errors I mentioned above (try to avoid them at all cost to get a good redraw): 

As you can see, the gray tones aren’t lined up properly (the area inside the red circle).

So, how to avoid cloning errors?

First, observe and locate the initiating point: 

Second, find a similar/the same block of pixels of this for the first sample point:

I’m talking about it (it’s inside the green square), find another block of pixels like it.

Take sample from the red square and start cloning from the green square, you will get the right result.

Final result of example 1 (view at 100%): 

2. Gray Tones with Gradient (Difficulty: Medium)

You might need to redraw something like this: 

As you can see, it has gradient over the gray tones (darker above and lighter below, different from the first example which has the same color above and below).

Again, we will examine cloning errors first (you can clearly see the difference so I won’t explain here): 

So, for gradient gray tones like this, what you should do first is to observe and find the direction of the gradient, in this example, the gradient is vertical, so we will try to find a horizontally equal point (of course with similar block of pixels): 

Take sample from the red square and start cloning from the green square and you will get this result: 

Final result of example 2 (view at 100%): 

Similarly, if the gradient is horizontal (darker left, lighter right), find a vertically equal point.

Here are some more examples for you to practice:

Part 1_1

Part 1_2

That’s the end of part 1, stay tuned for more!

If you have any suggestion, please comment below!

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for gave us knowledge how to redraw.

    I want to know this for a long time.

    Your guys explain it clearly. Keep if up!! Fighting!!

    Can’t wait for next part on redrawing.

  2. Hi, thanks for the tutorial.
    I’m practising a bit using Gimp, but having an hard time with cloning. May I ask some questions about it?
    For example I was trying to edit an image where there’s some text on a gray part with squares (one big at the center, and many smaller one of different gray scales), but I’m not managing to do it very well.
    My biggest problem is that, when you look closely at it, it’s noticeable that the cloned squares are not perfectly aligned and often don’t blend too well with the others.
    Is there any method to help you in this process? Like, using the grid and the magnetic effect might help to get a more precise output, or maybe copying a portion of the squares and pasting it in a specific position could be done instead of cloning it?
    Also, is Photoshop a better alternative than Gimp in this process, or are they basically identical?
    I also know there are some plugin in gimp to help you with cloning, like resynthetizer or G’MIC, but I’m not sure they might be good for these kind of precise cloning.

    • Hi there, I don’t use Gimp so I’m not really sure, just that I prefer PS.
      As for your question, please post a screenshot of what you’re redrawing so I can help you more easily.

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