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    Having a lot of trouble getting good digital copies of illustrations

    Hi everyone,
    I'm having a ton of trouble trying to get a digital copy of an illustration that I drew for a friend. The drawing is heavily detailed and has lots of tones so no scanner has been able to pick it up. I would like to be able to open the copy on my computer and do finishing touches in Painter X. I'd also like to post it here for critiques.
    The drawing is 18x24. So far the best result has been scanning it on an oversized color scanner at FedEx office but it wasn't entirely accurate, lots of contrast was left out.
    Should I say screw it to scanners and get it photographed? So far my iphone has captured a better image than any scanner. How do comic book illustrators get thier artwork saved digitally? This seems like it should be easier. (It probably is and I'm just a little dim)

    Any help will be appreciated and I'm sorry if this is common knowledge around here. I searched all over the web but couldn't find anything.
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    -Mike
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    Maybe take the file and throw it into photoshop to fix it up? Photographing art and getting a really really accurate image of it is fairly complicated as theres a lot of factors. A fine artist friend of mine payed some dude 500$ to get a bunch of his work photographed although he s working with really large crazy paintings so obv a different issue.

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    Turn off all auto-adjustments in the scanner software, get a raw scan, and adjust in Photoshop.

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    cquinn, thanks for the info but there's got to be an easier way.

    elwell, thank you, fedex office by my house was very cool and i'm sure if i ask them to turn the autoadjustments off they will. i'll give it a try soon

    any more info will still be appreciated.

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    If turning off the auto adjustments isn't possible for some reasons (employees at copy places don't always know what they are doing when it comes to special requests), yeah I'd say use a decent digital camera. Getting the lighting just right takes a little research, but it's doable.

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    Here are some tips from Dan Dos Santos.

    Having a lot of trouble getting good digital copies of illustrations

    Quote Originally Posted by J Wilson View Post
    (employees at copy places don't always know what they are doing when it comes to special requests)
    I hate that.
    My Sketchbook

    And then God said, "Let us make man in our likeness and our image. Let us make him ridiculously hard to draw so that poor artists everywhere will have to spend 10,000+ hours failing repeatedly before they can begin to capture the form and likeness onto a two-dimensional surface." And there was man. And it was good. And artists everywhere lost their minds.

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    you guys are awesome! thanks. I'm giving the scanning a try once more tomorrow and then I'm switching over to photography. Thanks again!

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