I am looking for suggestions on a convenient solution for the following workflow.
Scan a hand-drawn panel
Fix and retouch drawing errors (using a small set of simple brushes)
Separate elements into layers (using the Magic Wand or manual lasso tools)
Colorize elements (I can create the textures outside the app though, this is not a priority)
Add lettering - I currently do the letters by hand, and combine them with a hand-drawn box from a pre-arranged collection.
All this, of course, in very high resolution and with the end goal of printing.
A very nice bonus would be a well designed organizing solution for the isolated elements, like a library. Integrated versioning (with the possibility of creating quick snapshots of various stages) would be sweet, but it's totally not a requirement.
I am currently doing this with a bitmap editing program from the Corel range. It works well, but it wasn't designed for this kind of job and these kinds of bitmap sizes.
Products I'm considering:
- An older version of Photoshop, like 6 or CS1 (a new one would break my budget)
- Xara Designer which is promising integrated bitmap and vector editing - I'm planning to give this one a test run, it has a free trial
Products I have ruled out (but I'm open to changing my mind):
- GIMP because it's still weak on the print production side of things
Is there any other professional software around that can help me with this? Does anybody know actual, high-quality applications specialized in comic production?
I'm on a tight budget, but I'm willing to spend some money.
I personally need a Windows solution, but for the sake of making this a useful question to others, suggestions for all platforms are welcome.