Editing struggles!! Help!
haylie last edited by
Hi everyone! I have had an etsy shop for awhile, and one thing that has been an issue over and over is trying to create good quality prints of my work. I typically use colored pencil, watercolor, and ink. My scans looking super washed out, so recently I got a nice camera and have been trying to take nice high res photos (I guess). No matter what I do, no matter how direct or indirect the sunlight, there is ALWAYS like, a gray area in the photo, especially if it's a white background. I have a number of pieces that are hand lettered quotes on a white background and this is a constant problem. I've been struggling with this for years and no one seems to be able to give me a clear answer. I am paying close attention to the angle at which I take the photos, making sure no shadow of my hand/camera/whatever is in the way. I've tried multiple angles too and it doesn't seem to matter. I have very little knowledge of Photoshop and have never created artwork digitally, but I know how to adjust brightness and contrast and levels of those things. But even when it looks good on my computer, I print it out and the background isn't white, and the print looks dull. What am I doing wrong??? Really really hoping someone can tell me.
Jon Anderson last edited by
I've wondered about this too. I hope someone has advice on how to do this.
Johanna Kim last edited by
I always have that issue whenever I scan my images into Photoshop. Even with high-end scanners, I'm guessing there's still a bit of tweaking in Photoshop that will be needed to better match your original piece. With my pieces, I usually make minor adjustments in Curves, Color Balance, Saturation, and Brightness and Contrast until the resulting scanned image matches my original. Curves allows me to get my whites very white. I also take that opportunity to clean up any errant dust (or cat fur:) that might have ended up in the scan. Not sure if this info is helpful. If you have any questions about my response, feel free to let me know.
juliepeelart last edited by juliepeelart
This old thread has two really good links with tips. I haven't tried the first, but I have the second and it is amazing! (Look for it in one of the last comments.) I hope that helps!
haylie last edited by
That is so helpful, Johanna and Julie! I really really appreciate it!! I've been able to use what you said to edit a couple of pieces that have given me trouble, and I think I may actually be on the road to improving them finally. :D Yay!!! Thank you for taking the time to explain it to a Photoshop newbie.