This section is for all of who are interested in fanscanning or curious about the process itself.
First of all, the following materials are needed to begin:
It is necessary to be familiar with the graphic editing program; if new to it, it's a good idea to "practice" on already translated manga.
Scanning the Page
Scanning in b/w does have one drawback - if the page isn't totally flat, a nasty black line will present over the parts that weren't flat. Before, I pressed down on the cover, which really didn't do much to help. It also resulted in the damn cover tray breaking off. =( What I do now that seems to work very well is leave the cover up, and flatten the page by placing a heavy textbook on top. That seems to be the best way of going about it.
Editing the Page
It's usually a lot better to have a methodical way to completing a chapter. My method is two scan half, edit it, and then do the other half. A chapter can usually take anywhere from 30 minutes (when it's all fighting and practically no text) to 2 hours (that's when it's nearly ALL talking).
Lastly, be prepared for all sorts of crazy questions and requests. People will often ask to be sent chapters when they can't download them. (Though I've never had this happen since I moved to silicon-north) You'd also get those "Can you do vol. X" or "When is the next chapter coming out". And just remember: If you want me to host your chapters, I'm willing to do it. All of this may seem like hard work, and it is, but you get a warm fuzzy feeling inside when you get praised by others, and when you realize that you are contributing to spreading Dragon Ball worldwide.
Comments and suggestions are welcome
7/31 - Foobar adds:
What I do is scan it in greyscale, go into an editor (I use Paint Shop Pro 3 at this step), select and brighten the inside edge and then dither the whole image to 2 colors. Without the lighting done, the difference in color is too great, so the darker edge turns black. If the edge is made brighter that way (in PSP 3), select from the edge to where it starts getting dark and go Colors\Adjust - Brightness/Contrast... then enter 15 for brightness (leave contrast alone) and push enter) then even though it looks strange in greyscale the shade difference isn't large enough anymore to turn into black when you reduce to 2 colors.
I use PSP 3 to convert the 256-shade greyscale scanned pictures into 2 color .bmp, then go to Adobe PhotoDeluxe to erase the original text and insert the english, I export to the same name .bmp (photodeluxe increases depth to 24-bit and don't try exporting to .gif, it hacks them up (.jpg's fine though), batch convert the .bmps in PSP to .gif and finally go to a dos prompt and use a for loop to mass rename the files (152.gif 153.gif etc) to db33pXXX.gif ("for %i in (152 153 etc) do ren %i.gif db33p%i.gif" without quotes).
Photodeluxe... it's unstable and strangely designed :p If you zoom in and use the eraser you risk having random vertical blocks of all layers blanking out (with me at least) but it's what makes the nice anti-aliased text I use".
12/9 - Nick adds:
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