If you've tried Matteiru's recruitment test for editors and/or cleaners, you most probably encountered the part which requires you to straighten and crop a few pages of raw manga scans. Sounds very simple, huh? But do you know that only 1 out of 4 applicants does this part correctly? Yes, even the ones who excel at redrawing and leveling usually does poorly in this part of the test.
This tutorial will guide you through straightening and cropping manga raws. After scanning, this is the initial process on prepping manga so it is of great importance that you make sure you get this right.
The manga raws
Don't flame at your scanner if the scans they give you are crooked as hell because despite trying to scan the pages as straight as possible, it will come out crooked MOST OF THE TIME. It is an editor or a cleaner's duty to fix these. Below is a sample of raw manga scan (uncropped and unstraightened).
(fig.1.1) Pages from Sumika Sumire volume 1.
Click on the list of tutorials below to begin:
Straightening the raws should be done BEFORE cropping. This involves rotating the raw scans. In this tutorial, we will be utilizing the Ruler tool
Guides help you position images or elements precisely. This tutorial will teach you a surefire way on how to make sure that your raws are indeed properly aligned.
Cropping is the process of removing portions of an image. In this tutorial, we will be utilizing the Crop tool