Scanlation | Editing Part 1

HOW TO edit for a scanlation group (basics) part 1:


This will be a step by step guide on the very basics of being an editor for a scanlation group.

Here is a copy of the raw image I will be using throughout this guide.

1. rotating the raw image

Most raw images come straight off the scanner with torn edges and without being perfectly rotated, so the first step is to fix this up.

To rotate the image you can use the ruler tool.

Photoshop Ruler toolUse the ruler tool to draw a line across any horizontal or vertical line that should be straight (top of the page or a square speech box). Once you have a line drawn with the ruler tool go to;


Photoshop RotateThis will display a similar box to what I have below.

Select the appropriate option (CW or CCW, PS normally guesses the correct option to use). And click “OK”.

You should now have a perfectly rotated image.

2 Cropping the image

Now you will need to crop the image,

Cropping the image is very simple select the “CROP” tool (Shortcut button “c”) and move the edges until only the image is selected. Like the image below see the red outline.

Then press “ENTER” to crop the image.

3. Setting image size and resolution

If your image is straight from a scanner it is likely that it will be massively over-sized. You will need to re-size.


Check the “Resample Image” check box and change the height to your required height. (eg 1200px standard manga) the width will automatically adjust itself.

Click “OK”
Do not adjust any other setting in image size just yet.


Now go back into IMAGE > IMAGE SIZE

UNCHECK the “Resample Image” check box and adjust the “Resolution” to your required level. (eg 72 px/inch standard manga)

And click “OK”

You should now have a image ready to be leveled and cleaned.

See Part 2 | Leveling


5 Replies to “Scanlation | Editing Part 1”

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  2. thanks for the guide . is there any different from a raw scan at 1400px vs one of 2000px when your done rezing for the final product of 1200px.

    1. Thank you for the comment,
      In answer to your question, no it doesn’t make any difference what size the raw is when you are resizing. But don’t re-size to make the image bigger, that will just look messy.
      Also you don’t always have to push it down to 1200px, you could make a higher quality version of 1400px or 2000px if you have good enough raws. But always make the rez 72.

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