Thanks for your interest in becoming a cleaner and/or redrawer!
Q: What is a cleaner?
A: A cleaner is someone who takes the raw manga scan and makes it look presentable (and ready for the typesetter to put text on). This involves straightening, cropping, leveling, text removal, redrawing, and dust removal. It sometimes involves denoising as well.
Q: How do I become a cleaner?
A: You must pass the cleaner test. Please download the following file and complete the test inside. PLEASE SAVE AS PSD as well as PNG. Then, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck!
Cleaner Test: Download
Q: What is a redrawer?
A: A redrawer is someone who only redraws. They remove Japanese text that the cleaner has difficulty removing (i.e. because the text is on top of the picture). They also help to merge double page spreads by lining up the pages and redrawing the space in between.
Note: Some have mentioned that knowing how to use the Photoshop Line Tool is very helpful in redrawing while some others use Photoshop Pen Tool. Some also like to use a graphics tablet to redraw. Some people are able to redraw well without either of these.
Q: How do I become a redrawer?
A: You must pass the redrawer test. Please download the following file and complete the test inside. Then, please email it to email@example.com. Good luck!
Redrawer Test: Download
Q: What exactly is the difference between a cleaner and a redrawer?
A: Cleaners at Fallen Syndicate can typically redraw at least fairly well. Redrawers, however, are people who specialize in redrawing; they do not clean the pages, and they only remove text the cleaners cannot remove.
Q: Do I need Photoshop?
Q: I finished reading the test instructions. But how do I know what is good or bad cleaning?
A: One way to see what we’re looking for in good cleaners is to check out some of the recent manga that we have scanlated.
You can find them on our online reader (at Batoto). 🙂
A good variety of good “before and after” examples can be found here.
Another way is to read tutorials. Here are some that may help.
Q: I finished reading everything above, including the instructions files. I checked out the tutorials. But I still don’t understand something! What now?
A: Please ask additional questions here so that more experienced staff members can help you.