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a grotty photo by derekjones a grotty photo by derekjones
Am working on this - pencil , watercolour, acrylic and collage - on board so hard to scan - photographed with my Nikon D70 - tried a variation on light settings etc and still cannot get background white!!!
and messing about to much in photoshop tends to make image crude- HELP!
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GRAAGAPPLAUSPUNTNL Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
GREAT!!
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derekjones Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
cheers
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rixpix Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
With this density (mostly) paper white and a little black, I over expose 2 stops and then adjust level so that the whitest value is about 245 or so (out of 255) them pull the black values down but keep as much shadow detail as you can. Also (for B&W)before adjusting the level I usually reduce saturation (typically -90) this would be different depending on the color cast you want based on the original.

regards
Richard
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derekjones Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thats kind of you - and I will try those suggestions -
I seem to find it hard to get a neutral white and I know that is white balance...
and was wondering about using grey card for exposure....
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rixpix Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
You can use the gray card twice. Use it to determine best exposure for making the original image and if you include a bit of gray in the margin use it in PShop to adjust for middle gray in the digital image. You can also use color swatches in the margin and remember that tints are often more helpful in color adjusting than strong saturated color. Good luck
R
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derekjones Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
again - thanks for that info...
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Baron-Cimetiere Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
I believe some branches of "Staples" has giant scanners. It's not too expensive.
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derekjones Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I think one of the local copy shops have an A£ scanner - if it was on paper I would just scan in bits and stitch - but thick watercolour board makes it more difficult.....my scanner has a bit of a lip around the glass - but I will try again!
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ChristineAltese Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
Derek, can you use Levels in Photoshop to whiten up the board--I just tried this using the white point eye dropper--or do you feel it drops out detail in the art?

Very intriguing piece--I like it.
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derekjones Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
yes - I feel as soon as you use levels or similar ( which I do a little) the drawing gets coarser, I tried a white balance bracket with the Nikon and that worked a bit betterm - I will try with the eye dropper and see....
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