Photo Art Using a Scanner
Many photographers are going beyond "straight" photography and into the realm of digital photo art and other visual artistic media.
Create a photo art collage with your scanner using virtually anything to make an art piece and to tell a story. Materials suitable for collage are limited only by the creator's imagination and include fabrics, photographs and three-dimensional objects.
Photo or Scanner Art is a simple way to capture still life images to create creative pieces of art to decorate your home or office. Many ordinary objects that would be difficult to photograph are good candidates for photo art - in particular objects where it is otherwise difficult to get a good, clear close-up shot of your subject.
These include such items as...
To name a few.
Various backgrounds can be created for your artwork including the use of tissue paper, rice paper, velvet or any texture or background that would add interest.
Before placing objects onto the scanner surface it is important to protect it from scratches and accidental damage. I like to use a sheet of acetate (OHP transparency is a good option). Likewise any debris should be removed from the object and also the glass which could ruin the finished image. It is easier at this stage than to have to do a touch-up with your editing software program later on.
Be careful not to touch the scanner glass as it can be easily ruined by acids such as perspiration on fingertips, drink or food coming into contact with it likewise do not scan anything that is wet or damp.
I like to let my scanner warm up for at least half an hour to ensure that I get the best quality scanned image.
Compose your composition away from the scanner and when you are happy with your arrangement lay your objects carefully onto the scanner surface. Now you are ready to scan your masterpiece.
If you are using a background (instead of the scanner cover as your background) it is better to remove the cover to avoid accidental damage.
Light backgrounds can be created using
To create a seamless Black background
Make a black box at least 6 inches deep to sit on top of your scanner. By having this depth you will ensure that it is always out of focus. Black velvet makes a good liner but be careful to remove any white specks that could show up in the final image with a small piece of sticky cello tape.
Start scanning at a lower resolution because of the memory required and increase until you have the result you require.
Save your images onto computer ready for printing or print the scanned image directly from the printer.
To print your images use a good quality plain paper, glossy paper or textured board.