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Mixed Media for Digital Scrapbookers

Lesson 8 of 27

How to Scan Flat Objects

Tiffany Tillman-Emanuel

Mixed Media for Digital Scrapbookers

Tiffany Tillman-Emanuel

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Lesson Info

8. How to Scan Flat Objects

Lesson Info

How to Scan Flat Objects

Now, scanning is a little bit different. This depends on your scanner. Every scanner is completely different. The settings that we might use might be a little different for all of us. But, a scanner's resolution, we wanna start of at least 300 dpi, at least. You can go up to 600. If you plan on making your page very big, I would suggest 600. You might have to reduce your piece down, but if it can do 300 at least, do that. 72 dpi is for web. Never to 72 dpi. It's like the biggest question I get. Which dpi? 300. You also want to select a photo mode or a color mode, a color photo mode. These are things that we want to look realistic in the digital world. So, if you're using some other type of setting, it's not gonna typically look realistic. And then, also the file format is important. A .jpeg or a .tiff. I don't know too many other file types that you can use that's gonna make it look, but at least if it's a .jpeg or a .tiff, you can use it pretty well no matter which program you're usin...

g, Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. And then you an also select options like dust removal, backlight correction, and other secondary options at your risk. Sometimes they help, sometimes they don't. I've never found them to help.

Class Description

Switching your medium from paper to pixels doesn’t mean you’re giving up the highly tactile, artsy, eclectic nature of scrapbooking. Bringing your scrapbooking into the digital age lends the artform even more versatility and vibrance than it already has. You can add personal objects to digital pages, and once you’ve digitized your objects, you can reuse or pull from finished pieces as often as you want. Save money, time and satisfy your drive to create unique art on digital platforms.

Join Tiffany Tillman-Emanuel for this intermediate-level class, and you’ll learn:

  • How to scan flat objects and photograph dimensional objects.
  • How to digitize objects to look their best.
  • How to digitally alter the objects so they stand out on a finished page.
Mixed media digital effects are difficult to create without a solid understanding of the hardware involved. Tiffany will teach you how to use a scanner and a camera, and how to make your objects stand out on a finished page by using a photo editor. Don’t be intimidated by new technology! Take your art into the digital space and discover new scrapbooking frontiers. 

Purchase to get the in-depth Mixed Media for Digital Scrapbookers workbook. The workbook includes step-by-step instructions on digitizing media, extracting individual elements from a photograph, and so much more!


Jane Millar

This class is FABULOUS! Tiffany is very knowledgeable and was extremely well prepared. (I watched the entire class from 9 to 4 today, August 18, 2016.) She speaks clearly and is easy to understand. She does move quickly through the material, so I would recommend buying the class so you have unlimited access to the videos. The bonus materials are great! This class is well worth the money. However, the class is probably for those with at least intermediate skill in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Beginners would probably find it overwhelming. I will add that the class is well suited to anyone interested in digital art as well as those who do digital scrapbooking.

a Creativelive Student

love love love this class...Tiffany is an awesome teacher. She has really organized this class to provide maximum value to the audience. Being a paper crafter and digital scrapbooker, the instructions/ideas Tiffany has shared will definitely help me to take my work to the next level.


What a fun class! I've been doing digital design for over four years but learned so much today! Tiffany Tillman-Emanuel is a very competent instructor, was very encouraging, and stressed that there is more than one way to do something in Photoshop and the importance of discovering our own style...highly recommend purchasing this course along with her class on compositing for digital scrapbookers...I got a great deal on both. BTW, I am not a scrapbooker but create and sell digitally painted background and art journal papers, so there's something for everyone in this class!