1) Scanning only really works with relatively flat pieces of work. e.g. watercolours, paper and textile collages and illustration. If your work has more texture to it - such as thick acrylic paints, you might be better off taking a good quality photo. Oil paint can reflect scanning light so again a photo may be best. That said you can never really get evenness of light across an image with even the most proffessional of photo''s, thereofore scanning if possible will always give better results in terms of levenness of light.
2) Clean the scanner glass, so there are no blemishes. Same goes for checking the artwork to make sure there's no biscuit crumbs, hairs, dust etc....
3) Set the scanner to the highest resolution possible. As a minimum, aim for 600dpi. The file is large but it's worth it.
4) The bigger the scanner, the better (obviously). If you can fit your entire piece onto one scan then that's fantastic. Often however, you will need to scan your artwork in multiple parts. If this is the case, you will need to do some post-edit work in Photoshop to connect the files.
5) In brief, there are two main ways to connect the artwork files:
For more detailed information on scanning images, check out this blog, which gives some great tips.
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