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Old 03-07-2016, 02:13 PM
CharonMondrian CharonMondrian is offline
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Scanning Watercolor

I've been working with a series of watercolor illustrations on paper but I'm having trouble finding a scanner that can reproduce the art with the right coloring. It's been such a frustrating experience that I've actually switched to photographing the original watercolors with an iPhone 5S and then doing some minor corrections in Photoshop. However, this leads to warping or cropping into the image because the image isn't pressed flat. A scanner woukd bypass the warping but I just need one that could reproduce the watercolor without patchiness or color loss. Any suggestions?
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Old 03-09-2016, 05:10 PM
sandman_us sandman_us is offline
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Re: Scanning Watercolor

Hi Charon,

I personally have no experience with your question, but did do a little research and found the following links that you may want view at your convenience. There does seem to be a few recommendations for Epson, however.





The last link (Sarah Bodera) offers a good review of the Epson Perfection V600.

Best Wishes!
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Old 03-09-2016, 08:11 PM
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Re: Scanning Watercolor

I just got my V600, based on the strengths of the reviews. Not much experience with scanners so I don't have anything to compare it to but I'm kinda disappointed. Colors are off - but those can be color corrected, I guess - but what the scanner sees and what my eyes sees are pretty different, e.g. a pink wash on hot press that appears smooth to the eye is much less so to the scanner.
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Old 03-13-2016, 01:58 AM
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Re: Scanning Watercolor

Is it possible your monitor is not properly calibrated? I recently added a second monitor to run side by side with my older one so I could use photoshop and illustrator together and learned early that the newer monitor rendered the colors of my scans differently when the scan was viewed simultaneously on both screens. A friend with much more experience in graphic design was able to calibrate both monitors for me, which, along with upgrading the lighting in my studio, helped me immensely.
It's not that hard to do but I can't recall the process, Google has the answer.
I highly doubt that the problem is your scanner, there's really not much wrong with Epson's in general.
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Old 05-10-2016, 10:39 PM
EdgarTorres EdgarTorres is offline
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Re: Scanning Watercolor

See, it's about watercolor. If I were you, I will give it a shot and check if photo watermark creator can achieve your wanted effect.
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Old 07-08-2016, 08:43 PM
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Re: Scanning Watercolor

A camera will give distortion and slightly uneven lighting of the art will be obvious. You can with some trouble fix the distortion in Photo Shop but the ragged lighting will drive you nuts.

I use an Epson WF-7510 to scan and the images seem "good" for pen & wash pieces up to quarter sheet in size.

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