Tragic Ballad of the Color-Eating Scanner, the Ticking Clock, and the Frustrated Young Illustrator.

  • Hello, fellow forum members!
    I am working on the illustrations for a children's book. The illustrations were finished and approved; all I had left to do was scan them and do a little digital touching up. Enter the scanner. I tend to use delicate pastel colors, and the media are black ink and colored pencils. I've tried fiddling with the exposure, recovery, highlight, contrast, etc. slides in CameraRaw (Photoshop CS3), but have not had much success. I would add more colored pencil and rescan, but my scanner at home chops off edges and using a professional scanner again would mean getting a ride into town and paying for the scans again. Any tips for restoring overexposed colors? Thank you!

  • SVS OG

    Hello, you might find this guide useful if you can get into your scanners settings.

    Lots of scanning tips on the main page.

  • Thanks! Unfortunately, the scanner I have at home is too small to use anyway.

  • SVS OG

    I have the same issue with my scanner. I guess that's just how scanners are--- they mess up the artwork. I have never found adjusting the scanner's settings to be helpful though. I have, however, learned that the best way to solve this issue is to edit the image in photoshop. What I do is that I hold up my illustration next to my monitor and I try to tweak the Color Balance, Contrast, Vibrance, and sometimes, Curves until the image on display is similar to the one I'm holding. You'll need to do a lot of trial and error with this process but you will get there. There is no fixed way to go with this. It all boils down to how you feel about the image. I hope this helps.

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