ok so after like months and months of doing this, I finally looked up some manga cleaning tutorials and WOW a little bit of pre-cleaning before I edit text/sfx makes everything SO MUCH EASIER. Why didn’t I do this forever ago?? I’ve always felt bad about half-assing the cleaning because I thought it would be a lot of effort but it’s actually not too bad at all.
Hopefully from here on out, the quality will be a noticeably better! I’m just sorry I didn’t get around to it sooner.