There are many, many photoshop tutorials out on the net. This one is just one way you can do this. I tend to change my methods as I discover new ways or read something new that I never tried before. I strongly encourage for you to find your own way, once you learn the basics.
For this tutorial, I'll be using Photoshop 7 and Photoshop CS3. The steps are pretty basic, and should work in all versions, but I'll make sure to revise this tutorial if I become aware of any major differences in later versions.
I tend to be very wordy and my grammar switches back to spanish without warning sometimes, so feel free to ask questions or ask me to clarify. I'll do my best. Just be forewarned that what I have learned, I did so from other tutorials and by experimentation. I have no formal training so I may not be able to answer very technical questions. I'm the type that just knows that this hoodycky works if you click on that thingymagiver.
I fixed my toilet the same way. It hasn't exploded yet, so that's a good sign. Ah the joys of home owning.
Pencilling and Scanning in the pencils
Okay, first, I do a rough pencil sketch, then redraw it. This works for me (even if it means extra work) because it helps me to revise my work and fix mistakes better than erasing and redrawing certain parts of the drawing. Another good tip that was given to me, its to look at the sketch from the back against a light source. This gives you a new perspective on your overall product and discover anatomy problems that might have missed before. Long story, short, I work on it until I get something half way decent or at least not all the way bad.
Once I'm done with my overall sketch, its time to scan it.
I have my scanner set up so that when I press the "scan" button it will automatically open up my copy of Photoshop. Of course, I can also just open up Photoshop first and go to File>>Import>>[my scanner model/brand].
I set my settings (how to do this depends on the kind of scanner you have) like so: Resolution: 300dpi (to pick up as much detail as I can) and Mode: Grayscale (to keep the opening file size down and since I plan to ink it digitally as opposed to manually with my inking pens). I pretty much leave the other settings as they are.
As a result, I get this loaded unto photoshop:
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