It appears that the raws have taken a real dip in quality. The raws for volume 9 have been saved at really low jpeg settings, and there are tons of compression artifacts. So if anyone knows of a better quality source, I would really appreciate it.

All right the raws I have are are around 20MB in size in a zip or rar archieve. Here a sample image


You can see the compression effect as those characteristic blocks that are all over the image. There is dirt to be sure, but even that shows the low level jpeg compression artifacts. If there is a better quality source out there, it would create a much better scanlation.

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13 Responses to Update

  1. Raruto says:

    thank you as always for your work pal

    regarding the raw…
    try cover-land.net e rawscans.com

    i dunno other quality sources ._.

    however… they’re still BETTER than the crap actually out from v8 to 33 or so XD
    i don’t mind at all if they’re the same quality as your last ^_^

  2. pokeone says:

    Thanks for the suggestion but it is the same version as I already have, it really looks like there isn’t any other versions of this volume.

  3. SL from MH says:

    It would be better if you could post a single pic of the raws you have, then it would be easier for us to help you out (since we would have something to compare the quality of the raws which we find).

  4. hakai says:

    in case you don’t find any decent raws, denoising might be an option. just filtered your page using supersampling and topaz denoise (upscale to 200% with nearest neighbor, topaz denoise 5 preset jpeg strong, back to original size with nearest neighbor).
    you might want to mess around with the settings to reduce detail loss though.

  5. SL from MH says:

    Well i tried finding the good quality raws for this volume, but still no luck.

    In the mean time, you can try requesting this volumes raws in here,

    They may accept your request & get the raws for you, but there is a chance that they might not accept your request.

    But still you can give it a try.

  6. Rekka Jinrai says:

    A big thank you to you for redoing all the older Naruto chapters! I really appreciate your efforts and quality work.

    I don’t have better raw for this volume but I levelled the sample you have and this is how it looks:

    What I did was to level it in Photoshop: Ctr+L, drag the first and third points under that graph-like thing until you get just the right levels of black and white (25 and 220, in this case). It takes only a few seconds, but it looks like a cleaned page. Hope that helps.

  7. hakai says:

    while rekka jinrai was more successful in removing the dirt than I was, that page is overleveled. which is unavoidable when only using leveling, because the dirt is the same color as part of the antialiasing effect of the lines. but since i had some spare time, i played around with a few filters.
    the result is not perfect but closest to a cleaned original i could get without manually cleaning the page. i would be willing to preclean the raw to that state, and/or give you the macro/steps on how to do this. (ps cs5 and topaz denoise 5 required 😉
    drop me a line if you’re interested.

  8. djb300 says:

    this was how my clean came out. I don’t think it was as good as the guys before me. I made bunch of mistakes and lost a lot of quality. I dint get the gray to come out. I straightened the image an redid the borders..poorly. I made it too thick. Ah well.

  9. hakai says:

    so, have you decided on what to do yet?

  10. Takeshi says:

    Isn’t it possible to skip those volumes with not-so-good-quality, and concentrate on those with decent enough to be released?

  11. R2Li says:

    i tried to clean the first chapter and that’s the result: http://www.mediafire.com/?7rm1e7csbh755bx
    what do you think guys?

  12. Raruto says:

    pokeone do it the same or jump em
    they will always be better the preexistent scans (the low low quality one o.o)

  13. Raruto says:

    And chap 73 by R2Li is more than enough :s (imho)

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