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How to scan artwork larger than scanner - tutorial by Maylar How to scan artwork larger than scanner - tutorial by Maylar
A tutorial I made for a dear friend, explaining how to scan a large artwork. It isn't the best possible way, but it works nicely for me, when needed.

Do forgive me if there's a mistake or few there and also for the size of the file. I hope all is clear enough and understandable. If not, feel free to ask additional questions :)

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EDIT: ~Ludjia reminded me through comments that CS5 has a function for this. This is what she says:

CS5 has a function that automatically does this for you. Go to: file-automate-photomerge. Then it asks for your scanned pieces (I don't use a frame, I just make sure I scanned every part, it does not matter if it has a big overlap, it needs overlap to work.) You don't even usually need to rotate them or anything, it will patch the whole thing back together if it is a good scan. Sometimes it does not work, but scanning again or cleaning up a bit can help it. I find it has a very high success rate.

So for those who have CS5, try that too. For me it doesn't work so well (it fails me when it comes to paintings), but that could be due my scans or due the type of painting. It works pretty amazing with lineworks, though!

Anyway, that's another option. Thank you, Ludjia, for a reminder! :D
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cybelemoon Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the great tutorial. I wish this would work with my scanner, but the inside of the glass has a "whitish film" on the upper right section of it and so it totally messes up doing this. :( I've tried to find ways to clean the glass... but there seems to be no way to take this thing apart. :( I'm about ready to flush it and buy a new one except that I can't because that would take money and well... money is something I don't have since I'm a starving artist! LOL
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Maylar Jul 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
You are welcome, glad you like it.
Starving artist to starving artist, I do understand how you feel about the scanner...it is probably some sort of mildew, a friend who works with electronics tells me that happens. Blah, it is always annoying when something like that happens :(
But if the scanner works otherwise, maybe you could make a cardboard frame in the size of the clean part of scanner glass and crop the white part along with the frame latter in editing software...it would take you couple of more times for scanning the whole work, but it is at least something :)
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cybelemoon Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It is a thought. I tried going to a local copy shop and having them do it onto my jump drive but they charged too much and their scanner was dirty. O.o :(
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Maylar Jul 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes, the charging list in such places is pretty unclear to me...some of the prices are just too high for simple scanning. And it is not always a decent service, as you noticed :(

Anyway, the smaller frame is worth of trying, in this light...Do let me know how it went, if you do try :)
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cybelemoon Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D I will let you know! I'm still trying to find a way to CLEAN the inside of the glass. LOL
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EdgeFan Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant! This would have came in handy when I was in college; their scanners were awfully small :(
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Maylar Jul 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D
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Ludjia Jul 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
CS5 has a function that automatically does this for you. Go to: file-automate-photomerge
Then it asks for your scanned pieces (I don't use a frame, I just make sure I scanned every part, it does not matter if it has a big overlap, it needs overlap to work.) You don't even usually need to rotate them or anything, it will patch the whole thing back together if it is a good scan. Sometimes it does not work, but scanning again or cleaning up a bit can help it. I find it has a very high success rate.
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Maylar Jul 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for sharing this :D
I absolutely forgot to mention that function :roll: It is a pretty good one, too.
However, for me it never did very well, except in scanning the linework...trying to scan a painting, especially an abstract, ends up weird most of the times. So, to those who feel the same, this tut might help. Also, for those who doesn't have CS5 or PS at all.
Sill, I'm adding your advice to comments, so to remind people of this function anyway. Thanks once again for reminding me! :D
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Thanks for sharing! :hug:
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