Deviant since Jun 15, 2006 Premium Member until Jun 29, 2016, given by =Felutiahime
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Hi there, It has been so long since I updated my journal, more than 1 year and 3 months If I remember.
I've got so many questions about how I scan my traditional artworks, I also wanted to try out my deviantart Sta.sh storage, so I've uploaded some scanned files and put them on this journal.
Here's my method.
: I use HP G4050 scanner : My current working OS is Windows 7, but I always use Windows XP to scan my artworks : I always put 2 bluish-tint transparent films under my pictures when scanning. [You can buy transparent film at stationery stores.]
: Then adjust colors with photoshop, I always set contrast to [+12] or [+14] and I always use legacy contrast.
: I also adjust sharpness sometimes. [filter>sharpen>unsharp mask> and adjust radius to : +1 pixels.
: Remove all eraser dust using clone stamp tool and it's done.
Someone might wonder why don't I use windows 7 for scanning, why do I have to put 2 transparent films underneath, and why they have to be bluish tint, I have uploaded some sample images for you to compare.
I will use my vocaloid watercolor sketch.
This one was scanned using Windows 7, Scanned with same scanner, You might notice that colors look somewhat too dull. Even when I took those films out, all colors are still dull.
Click at pictures to full view.
This one was scanned using Windows Xp [service pack 3] , Colors seem to look much better, But I didn't put 2 transparent films under it, You might notice that the picture is really bright, my diluted winsor orange is almost unseeable.
*I've put 2 transparent films under this one to soften the overbright effect of my scanner, It looks good enough in my opinion.
Then I cropped it/adjusted contrast/sharpness, removed scanner dust, and it's done.
Here are 2 samples about why do I have to use blue tint transparent films
Picture on the left was scanned with my G4050 scanner with 2 yellow tint transparent films underneath [those films turned yellow because they are really really old, lol] so try to buy a new film if possible.
And right picture was scanned using my parent's Canon all in one printer, Colors on the left picture still look more brilliant, but too yellowish in my opinion, So I prefer to stick with blue films, You can look at other watercolor paintings in my gallery, Most of them were scanned using blue tint transparent film. [link]
****And Please keep in mind that some scanners don't need transparent film, [such as all in one printer/scanner] If scanning result doesn't look too bright then there is no need to use it.
I hope this journal will be helpful for you, I want my journal to stay informative because I might not update it for a big while.