Technology Savoir-Faire #3

Technology to make creative lives easier.

Scanner for your home office.

Get an inexpensive scanner to save your work digitally and post it online or prepare it for prints. A regular letter size (8.5×11) scanning surface is a good start. For larger work there is always Kinko’s or, if your work is not made to go through a scanner, professional photographer with proper lighting in a studio will do the trick. I scan my smaller doodles using a CanoScan LiDE 60 flatbed scanner (which is now a dinosaur) and save them as TIFF files at the highest possible quality and resolution setting.

Be prepared, the scan is not going to be perfect. That’s what Photoshop is for. I adjust the scan to match white background to true white C:0, M:0, Y:0, K:0. Since I am afraid of color and use mostly black or red inks, it is rather easy to match colors with help of Photoshop touch-up. Scanning my drawings also helps keep a digital record of all my work in case I sell a piece.

This is the way I do it. Do you have a better way? Please, share…

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