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Chapter 13. CREATIVE COMPOSITING > SCANNING FOR COMPOSITING

SCANNING FOR COMPOSITING

Being able to quickly translate your three-dimensional objects into pixels with a flatbed scanner can be a great way to input and experiment with image ideas. Even as a photographer, I often find it easier and quicker to plop a subject onto a scanner and make a quick scan, versus setting up lights and backgrounds, getting out the camera, taking the picture, and then having to clean up the set.

Figure 13.6 shows a sampling of objects I've scanned, from shriveled grapes to fantastic butterflies, to moths, stamps, and drips. To make an image for my mother's 80th birthday, I scanned the sunflowers in different positions (figure 13.7) and used layers, layer masks, blending modes, and the Blend If command to form the final bouquet (figure 13.8).


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