I Can Scan!

Today is a good day. Why? Because I finally have a scanner that works. Hooray!

For the last 8 months I haven't had a functioning scanner. I've had one sitting on my desk, attached to a printer that I use, but the scanner decided to leave me high and dry a while ago.

Since then, I've been taking photos of my illustrations and emailing them to myself. Not a very precise method. And it meant a lot of clean-up work in Photoshop. I figured it was about time I got myself a new scanner.

Well, so far so good! I decided to use this little gouache painting of a coneflower for my test subject. I kept the page in the sketchbook to test the gutter shadow reducer. I think it did a phenomenal job! I did nothing to it in Photoshop besides crop it. I didn't touch the white background - that's how great it scanned in! This is going to change my world.

In case you're wondering, I ended up buying a Canon CanoScan 9000F scanner. There were a few others I was considering at a much higher price point, but this one got stellar reviews. Some of the features I was especially interested in were:

     • Built-in retouching
     • Gutter shadow reduction
     • The software works with my Mac OS X Lion

I'm pretty pumped! I feel like I have a lot more options for my analog illustration now that I have good scanning capabilities. I can't wait to test it out more!

Until next time,