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What is the best way to drop out the entire background?

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May 20, 2023 May 20, 2023

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I have photos taken of fine-line pen and ink drawings. I would like to make the background completely transparent so they will print only the black lines. What is the best way to do that?

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May 20, 2023 May 20, 2023

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Can you post one here?

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May 21, 2023 May 21, 2023

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Personally I would prefer a Blend-if/Color Overlay-approach that maintains the composite image, because doing touchup on a Layer Mask can prove problematic in the long run. 

 

But photos are at times a poor substitute for a proper scan and may need some additional adjustments to get an even brightness across the whole image – so, as @Peru Bob already asked for, please post a sample image. 

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May 21, 2023 May 21, 2023

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you can either load a channel as a selection or copy the image into a layer mask and invert it.

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