This post is the start of a series on how the post-processing workflow for my sketchnotes has taken shape.
Over the past few years I have been using sketchnotes on and off, but for some reason it just never stuck. I liked the experience of creating them, but got kind of lost in post production. How should I handle a note once it was drawn? Where and how should I store it? How should I efficiently scan and touch up these notes?
Lately I have been consolidating my skills by taking on a slew of on-line courses (the reasoning behind this warrants a separate post). During the second course in a series of 10 on Hadoop it hit me:
D’oh! I Should be practicing my sketchnote taking skills!
So for the latter 9 courses I persevered and the notes got more engaging over this period. The results, with a specific focus on the post-production will be the subject of this series of posts.
The sketchnotes were made with a black PILOT Fineliner in an A5 hardback notebook. I didn’t add color to them while sketching.
My post-production workflow ended up with these basic steps:
- Scan the sketchnotes. For this series I chose to scan at a relatively low 300dpi. This left me with approx. 3500x2500px images, enough resolution for my intended purposes (digital archiving and distribution).
- Clean up and add color accents. Adding color in post-production turned out to be a big bonus. Cleaning images is a breeze if you only have black and white to deal with. For this step I use GIMP.
- Add metadata and store. The metadata editing functionality of GIMP 2.8 isn’t at a level where I need it to be, so I use what I have for my photography: AfterShot Pro. The results are scaled down for web (through a batch profile) and stored in Evernote for referencing on the go.
Without further ado, here are the other posts in this series (updated when new items are added)
- Sketchnotes experiment part 1: Installation of Hadoop
- Sketchnotes experiment part 2: Data Repository with HDFS and HBase
- Sketchnotes experiment part 3: Data Repository with Flume
- Sketchnotes experiment part 4: Data Repository with Sqoop
- Sketchnotes experiment part 5: Data Factory with Hive
- Sketchnotes experiment part 6: Data Factory with Pig
- Sketchnotes experiment part 7: Data factory with Oozie and Hue
- Sketchnotes experiment part 8: Data refinery with YARN and MapReduce
- Sketchnotes experiment part 9: Data Flow for the Hadoop Ecosystem
- Sketchnotes experiment part 10: Conclusion
- Sketchnotes experiment encore: a post-processing plug-in for GIMP