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Old 05-11-2019, 11:09 AM
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The Computer Scanner

Recently my scanner stopped working and I was reminded of just how much I depended on its use. I’m not a “sling paint” type of person, but more of the calculating and plodding type, so using the scanner to plan my progress and work has become second nature to me. My routine is to create a folder on my computer desktop and scan the progressions of my paintings and park them there until the painting is finished. I imagine that everyone approaches painting somewhat differently, and this is just my thing. I can be mistake prone when in a hurry, so this method has saved my bacon on occasion. As it turned out the fix for the old scanner was a new power cord rather than spending hundreds of dollars for a new scanner. That made me extremely happy.
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Old 05-11-2019, 11:18 AM
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Glad you solved it! I use my scanner as well but mainly as a means of getting an outline into the computer for digital playing. My cheap Canoscan does an amazing job for little money... can't recommend it enough and if it breaks - I'll just buy another one for cheap!
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Old 05-11-2019, 06:30 PM
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Re: The Computer Scanner

I think that my meaning was plain, but less someone misinterpret my post I do not use the computer to edit my watercolor paintings. It is merely a tool for comparison sake.
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Old 05-11-2019, 10:27 PM
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Re: The Computer Scanner

We all have our process. I document my progress with my phone and put the pictures in a folder so much the same system as you scanning. Since I can’t work for long enough periods of time to complete a painting it is quite helpful to take snapshots of what I have done and see the progression and plan the next step.
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Old 05-15-2019, 11:54 PM
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Re: The Computer Scanner

Another great use for a scanner, if you have Photoshop, is to scan in your piece when you're stuck with what glaze to add or what angle to shade something. You can do all of this in Photoshop before you apply it to your actual painting. Keeps you from making bad decisions in the midst of a painting.
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