I’m learning more and more about scan art and thought I’d share with you what I’ve learned so far.
Pick & Drink
My first scans were just-picked blossoms that I brought in and scanned. The flowers faded quickly, of course. As a long-time flower arranger I know that taking a container of water to the garden with me is the best way to go. The optimal time for picking is early morning before the sun has had a chance to dry things out. Doing it right means cutting, plunging the stems into water, and placing the thirsty plants in a cool place to drink in as much water as possible. I cut in the morning and scan the following morning allowing plenty of time for flowers to drink. The turgid flowers hold up much longer allowing for arranging and rearranging without drooping.
Circle of Flowers
I was in the midst of scanning some black-eyed susans when the neighbor brought home my grandson holding his arm. Everything came to a stand still. As phone calls were made and a trip to the doctor ruled the rest of the day. I got back to the scanner with the black-eyed susans waiting patiently many hours later. I went ahead and scanned before removing the wilted flowers from the scanner bed. I was amazed that the scan came out so well. That’s what a water-filled flower will do…it will simply last longer.
Annie's Black-Eyed Susans
You can lay flowers on the scanner and give it a good zap or you can arrange. I found the best way to go is try to envision how your scan will look. Do a little prearranging on a flat surface. I use the wood cutting board from an antique Hoosier cabinet. I lay out how I want it to look and then place the arrangement on the scanner in the same way.
Don’t forget that your arrangement will be face down.
Nancy's New Hydrangea
Nothing Extra Necessary
Open Paint. Click on File. Find From Scanner or Camera and click on it.
A box will come up that with three selections: Preview Scan Cancel
Click on Preview. If you like what you see, go ahead and click scan. If you don’t, change things about and click Preview again to see the changes.
Once you’re satisfied with the Preview choose Scan. A large picture will come up in Paint.
Now you need to save your scan as a jpg:
Click on File, Save As
- A box will come up asking you to choose a file to store your scan in. I suggest making a new file just for your bloom scans.
- Give your scan a title
- Change 24-bit, Bitmap, etc to jpg by clicking on the Save as type drop down menu.
- Hit Save and you’re done!
Tweaking and modifying in Picasa or through Flickr’s partnership with Picnik is another story and about personal taste, but give it a try. You can do all kinds of things from changing the photo to black & white to adding a glow or softening.
Yep, I’ve fallen in love with scan art. It goes hand in hand with photography adding a new and fun layer to the image repertoire. I sure hope you give it a try.
“Your creativity is waiting for you like a dancing partner.”
~ Barbara Sher