Scan Your Art!

by Mindy on September 20, 2012

in 52/52 Challenge, Drawing Tips, E-Books, How-To, Photoshop, Watercolor Tips

"T is for Tuxedo" #32 of #Paint52


"T is for Tuxedo" watercolor & ink original by Mindy Lighthipe ©2012

I had a blast painting this little piece. It took me about a week or so to figure out the colors. I spent a lot of time on the drawing and inked it with a black micron pen. I didn't realize how complicated the design was and the only thing I knew for sure was that the cat had to be black and white! I scanned the image into my computer and printed it out in a smaller size. The original is 8" x 10". I printed several small b&w versions, about 5" x 7" each onto watercolor paper. I quickly made some color choices. This was very helpful. I painted about 4 versions….. After the first one, I took what I liked and didn't like and went to the next version. It was a great process to go through and by the time I was done I had a clear plan.  I have never done this before and I highly recommend it for design work. My paintings are normally done from life so the color is decided for me. If I had I painted it like I did my first version, I would have been miserable. The color was all wrong. I would have needed to ink it again and start over. Thank goodness for computer skills……. speaking of this……..

I promised you a blog post about scanning art. It has taken me about 2-3 weeks to write this tutorial about scanning. At first I was just going to simply do a blog post. I recently got a program called "Dragon Dictate" and it allows me to talk into a microphone. As I talk, the computer types.This is an awesome way to get my thoughts and words into typed form. Once I finished talking, there was text ready to edit and I began adding images of each step. I started this tutorial/blog post/project by creating a card from this painting. The painting is from an assignment that I did in Val Webb's online "Drawn & Decorated" Class. (A new section of this class starts November 16th. I highly recommend it!) As I went through the process of making a greeting card, I took screen shots. Before I realized it, I had over 18 pages with step by step instructions, text and coordinating images! It is way too big to put into the blog post. I am in the process of creating a downloadable PDF/eBook. I am researching the best way to get it on my blog so that I can offer it to you as a download. The cost of this ebook is $1.99 and gives you a "bonus tutorial" on "Preparing Images for the Internet". There are many tutorials on working with photographs in Photoshop, but not many that deal with artists and scanning paintings. Here is a sneak peak from the book! I hope that you find it useful. If you "click" on each page a new window will open in your viewfinder for easier reading.

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Cathy Johnson (Kate) September 20, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Sounds wonderful, Mindy, please let us know when it's ready to go!

Mindy September 20, 2012 at 8:29 pm

I am working on it Cathy. I will let you know for sure.

Maria September 20, 2012 at 10:46 pm

This will be so helpful!  Can't wait to see it.  Mindy, would this translate fairly easily to Adobe Photoshop?  I don't have Elements, but I have the big one.

renata barilli September 21, 2012 at 9:09 am

Great Mindy !!!  Really important . I would like to do a general record of my works and I've tryed so many time that I know problems on this matter. So I'm going to buy your book for sure. My scan is Epson Perfection 1660 photo and  I have photoshop7: Sure will get improved my use of it with your help. Thanks

Mindy September 21, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Yes! Maria. It is definitely easy to translate this tutorial from Photoshop Elements to the full version of Photoshop. The only difference is that the commands are under different tabs and it may take a bit of searching to find it. If you need help finding commands you can always contact me.

Mindy October 3, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Hi Renata,
The e-Book is out! I hope that you find it useful Let me know if you need help. Good luck!

Mindy October 3, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Hi Cathy,
The e-Book on scanning is up and ready! Hope you find it useful!

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