Match the Right Object with the Right Digitizing Process
So now let's talk about the process of transforming real tactile objects into pixel based using our camera and our scanner, okay. Now this process is what we call digitizing. We're taking real objects and somehow making them digital in our digital world. The process is important because if you don't get the process right or it doesn't look good it's just never gonna look good on your page. So it is some place where you have to pause and stop and take some time to make sure you're doing it right. Now if you don't have a scanner, if you don't have a scanner it becomes a little harder and you have to rely on your photography. I kinda think now days we all have cameras so if you don't have a camera then you have to rely on your scanner. But use what you have available to you is the most important key. Just use it. Now the general rule of thumb is that if something is flat then you're gonna want to scan it okay. If something is dimensional then you're gonna want to photograph it. If you don...
't, then the highlights and the shadows are not gonna look realistic. So then when you add it to your page you're gonna go that just doesn't look right. Now if you photograph a painting that should be scanned then it's gonna look weird, you know. It's not gonna have the texture and the dimension that you need it to have. And that's one of the most important things. When I do something like this for example and you take a photograph of it, there's kind of flecks and there's weaving going along in the texture of the paper when you look at it, a scanner's gonna pick that up. A photograph is not gonna pick that up. So that's why it's key to figure out the right kind of process. It's good for dimensional stuff. Dimensional stuff is easy. But a lot of times I see people taking pictures of something that really needs to be scanned and it's like it doesn't have that texture so when you add it to the digital page it's missing that texture. Then you gotta find texture to add in. I don't wanna do that. Just start with the brushes like that.
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:
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.
- 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.
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