Scan and Edit Job

Having completed my images for my story using a squared sketchbook that’s in the dimensions of 25cm x 25cm that corresponded to my idea on what size I had envisioned for my size of my children’s book.  Following the advice of working my original images in the same size/close to the same size as my intended results. This has ensured that stretching of the image is avoided and the best reproduced quality of the image is retained.

I had no issues with working in this scale as it was a perfect and comfortable amount of space for the imagery.

The scanning job:

I have been using the A3 EPSON scanner in the universities mac studio to transfer my original works into a digital platform where I can edit and prepare them for a professional book performance and layout.



With Dan Peterson’s advice on reproducing artwork in mind I scanned my orginals in at 600dpi and edited them in Photoshop at this dpi.

My Photoshop edits has mostly involved my adjustments made with the crop, spot healing brush,  curves, move, layers (if required), magic wand (if required) and image size tool.

The most valuable tool has been the spot healing brush that is set to content aware by default. This is where I have been going in with the suitable brush size of the healing tool to clean the image of the unwanted specs of stains of fingerprints, smudges, tough dust or dirt that is on the surface of the scanning screen or just general unwanted errors in the piece that needs either erasing or to blemish out.

Right image shows my balance of off white and white. I felt that white was too clean and garish for the finished result that I was after. 


Curves has also been useful to take control of the strength of the colours of the images. In some cases the colour of the background of the images would present a very off white colour making it quite dark and gloomy. I felt that the off white was something that was quite attractive but I did want to find a middle between been slightly off white but also vibrant and inviting like white that the curves, magic wand and layers tool helped me to achieve.

I conjoined my single images from selection of my originals and merged them with their other half to form my spreads. The spot healing tool’s content aware tool really helped with smoothing out the merge line.

An example of the changes that I applied is shown here:

These images are modified to 72dpi as recommended by Dan Peterson to protect my artwork from unauthorised use and reproduction. To which I intend to follow through with the soon development of my website and the upload of my best images. 


28 10 1 in 72


page 25 single in 72 dpi


The merge stages is shown here:


example of bad merge



page 24 and 25 double in 72 dpi

I treated these two images as a whole and worked on it as a flattened image to bleed colours into each other to create a smoothed and flowing effect. This way a flow from one image to next is not forced or interrupted but is gentle and congruent with the reading of the narrative and operates as softly as the water based material of inks and washes.

With all the images prepared in this working method I have taken my development onto the next stage which is my decision to make handmade text. Go to my next post about my text to learn more.


Author: ellosweetmellon

I am 21 years old and I live in Cardif. My dream is to be a great illustrator that can sell and exhibit my work with pride.

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