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Hard to believe it's just 9 days until our next competition! This week we're sharing some tips on how to scan your artwork into a computer and edit the image.
1) Scanning only really works with relatively flat pieces of work. Like with watercolours, paper collages,and illustration. If your work has more texture to it - such as thick acrylic paints, you'd be better off photographing. Equally oils reflect scanning light and again would be better photographing.
2) Clean the scanner glass, so there are no blemishes. Same goes for checking the artwork to make sure there's no biscuit crumbs, hairs, dust etc....
3) Set the scanner to the highest resolution possible. As a minimum, aim for 600dpi. The file is large but it's worth it.
4) The bigger the scanner, the better (obviously). If you can fit your entire piece onto one scan then brilliant. Often however, you will need to scan your artwork in multiple parts. If this is the case, you will need to do some post-edit work in photoshop to connect the files.
5) In brief, there are two main ways to connect the artwork files:
For more detailed information on scanning images, check out this blog, which gives some great tips.
Our competition opens April 17th! We can't wait to see your work :)