Not sure how many people out there will be as excited as I am for this, but I made a bit of a breakthrough with my scanning technique yesterday.

As I use watercolour paper with a fairly heavy grain and I’ve struggled for ages to find a way of scanning my pages so I don’t lost quality. I’ve tried all sorts.

So anyway, I remembered last night about Joe Decie’s ‘white paper technique’ and decided to throw caution to the wind and try something out.

As I’ve said in previous posts, I use a very thin flexible lightbox. I put that into the scanner, on top of the artwork facing down. Here are the remarkable results;

(note - I did this in a rush - the eagle eyed amongst you will notice the right side is darker than the left. This is my error that I was too lazy to correct)

Now, if you can’t tell the difference, move along, there’s nothing for you here.
If you can tell the difference, Wow! Am I right? Photoshop has just become a much friendlier climate for me!

UPDATE- I’ve had a few people asking why on earth I’d want to get rid of the paper texture, they like the paper texture. Well, I like it too. The aim isn’t to eliminate the texture entirely, it is to make it more manageable for reproduction. Although it can look great on screen, trying to get it cleaned up for print can be a real nightmare. This way leaves you with less abrasive photoshopping at the end.