Scanner Art

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To achieve this effect I used Emulsion paint to paint a pattern onto A4 paper and then left it to dry. Once the paint had dried I placed it within the scanner so that I could retrieve the pattern and use it within photoshop in order to place my image on. I used an image that I took on 35mm film before the summer holiday as I felt it would work better with this style, and I wasn’t wrong. I adjusted the image so that the subjects face was visible and manipulated the levels and contrast so detail was more visible within the image. I’ve really enjoyed working with scanner art and so I decided to further experiment with it, scanning my face, hands and other objects then manipulating the images in photoshop in my style to create a more aesthetic image.

Also, I took the opportunity to use 3D scanning, I did this by placing a box (painted with matte paint on the inside) over the scanner with an object inside, in this case I used my phone. I’ve learned that if I set the DPI much higher I could potentially place other objects inside as opposed to taking images of some objects in a studio. I will definitely use the scanner for future projects throughout this course as I think it produces brilliant results, as well as being easy and fun to experiment with. I have already begun scanning other materials in so that I can use them as textures for future work.



  • Unlock scanner
  • Plug into computer and open image capture / image acquire
  • Manual professional mode
  • Input resolution = dpi
  • Small object high resolution
  • A4 size = 600 dpi is fine small should probably be double that
  • 3d scanning – box over the scanner
  • Once you’ve scanned stencil you can bring it into photoshop
  • Works better in black and white
  • Place image over the other in photoshop
  • Scale and transform if the two images are not same resolution (edit, transform, scale)
  • Drop down opacity so you can see how the image is layering over the other
  • Duplicate background before making any selections
  • Behind background layer but new layer that becomes new background
  • Name layers
  • Fill new background pure white (edit, fill white)
  • Select, colour range,
  • Hit delete on background duplicate once you have a selection

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