Several people like to still work in an analog fashion where as they draw their artwork on paper to scan into Photoshop, for either coloring it or inking it or to then tweaking it in some ways bring it into another application or simply as reference. For, for example Lightwave or maya where you want to bring in your artwork then put it into the background to create your model so I'm gonna show you how to scan in your artwork and some of the settings that you might want to be aware of. Now of course in Photoshop whenever you uh install a scanner it's going to come with what are known as drivers. And the driver is simply a piece of software that tells Photoshop how to interact with your scanner. So once you install that driver you will go to file and you will go to import and then you'll see that your scanner will appear in the list. Now mine is a scan gear this is a Canon Scanner and these scanners don't cost anything anymore and this is the scanning software that came with the scanner as well. So I can choose either one of these here so I am gonna choose scan gear and then scanning software is gonna openup and you might even here in the background the scanner starting up. And then in a second this dialog box will appear and with the scanning gear dialog box you'll see that we have a couple of settings. And once again these might look completely different from your scanning software preferences and setting. So I'm just gonna talk about something that might be most common on both of our systems. As you see here your gonna have a preview button, you gonna definitely have a preview button and when you click the preview button the scanner is gonna look at what's on the platen or the glass and then its going to give you a preview in this window. And we'll wait for that to happen in a second. OK let me just wait for that to stop the engine there its still going. Anytime now my friend, thank you, ok. This is a piece of artwork that I created for a Brice tutorial for VTC and it's a giant robot arm once we get it into Photoshop. But the, the reason you want to preview is so that you can determine exactly what regions you actually want to scan in and that's important because you don't need this white boundary but if you do you click on the little marquee here and you can go ahead and resize that to crop the region that you're going to scan. Now let's go ahead and talk about this section over here, the main section. It tells me that I can select where I want to scan from and in case of course is the platen or the glass. I can choose the color mode once I click scan so I can either scan in greyscale, black and white, I can also scan in color or a color document. So I'm gonna keep it in greyscale since it is a pencil sketch. Now this is the important part, the output resolution. The higher this number the more precise your scan's gonna be, also the longer its gonna take to scan. Now this part is determined by what your intention is. If you're just gonna use this as a background to trace over in Photoshop the output at 300 dpi is fine. If you are going to scan this in for a magazine cover or something like that you're gonna have to talk to your art director so their gonna, their gonna want like 300 to 600 dpi, so you have to find out exactly what the requirements are for the job. What I can also do is manually adjust the uh preview section by entering the number here and what I can also do, I want to show you something important as well is this section under my particular settings here, this is called filter processing and you have this, this screen here. This is really important if you're gonna scan in let's say a magazine cover or something like that because when they uh print these things there's a screen on them and you want to get rid of that by clicking the screen. If you don't select this merely in a magazine cover or something like that or a photograph from a magazine, you're gonna get a lot of lines and you're actually gonna see that screen. So you want to have the scanner descreen that for you. So that's all I'm gonna talk about here. So I'm gonna go back to main and then I'm gonna click scan and we'll give the scanner a couple of moments to do its thing. Because I have it at 300 dpi, if it were in color it would take twice as long or longer so let's give it a chance to get into the computer. And what happens is the computer is petty much breaking down the uh analog artwork, the pencil artwork and it's turning it into a digital format. It's gonna turn into pixels that can be manipulated by the computer. So once again we'll give it a moment and in the case of my scanner by the way you can see the settings down here as well. So I have greyscale 300 dpi's and also the size as far as the height and width for the uh crop area. So how's your weather? Over here it's a little cold. You also have some scanning chat, you know when your in the studio you have to you know talk to people that sit next to you waiting for the scan to go through. It's almost done, pretty much sure of that. There we go alright folks the scanner is done with the uh input of this file and now once the scanner is finished you can exit the uh application or you can click this button here if you have one to clear out the preview. I'm gonna click OK and then I'm gonna exit the scanner and now I'm in Photoshop and I'm gonna go to my image menu and I'm going to rotate the canvas 90 degrees clockwise and now I can see that I have my uh artwork here. Hold on, I, let me just get this going here why it didn't rotate, let me just wait for a second for it to catch up. There it is and this is the artwork and once you have it into the computer what you can do is go to image, adjustments and you can choose to go to brightness and contrast if this is pencil artwork and I can increase the contrast so that I can see the artwork a little bit more clearly and what I could do is click OK and then I can get a stronger preview as to wait that line artwork looks like. Let me go zoom in a little bit and this is how you scan artwork into the computer. From here you can clean it up, trace over it, color it or whatever you need to do.
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