And no, I do not mean duplicating ourselves! 1 of me is plenty. I'm talking about being an artist self-producing my reproductions (instead of farming it out). And really, I'm only talking about the 1st step in this process - capturing a digital image. But I'm getting ahead of myself...
I am often asked how I get so much detail and apparent texture into my reproductions (digital prints). There are three components to the reproduction process - A good digital image, quality paper, and a professional level printer using quality inks. Before you can create a quality print, the first step is the most important.
- After scanning a section, trim off about 1/2 inch from any edges other than the actual artwork edges (to remove any color variations from the edges to be stitched together)
- Plan you scans to overlap at least 3-4 inches (although, overlapping 1/3 of your image or more is closer to factory recommendations)
- Stitch the scans together with the "photomerge" feature in Photoshop (or other similar graphics program).
- If images aren't lining up properly, scan again. It's most likely a matter of making sure your painting is straight when you scan.
- Still not merging correctly? If your graphic design program allows it, take apart the auto merged scans and manually place them together.
- Once merged, use the clone stamp tool to make minor corrections to color where stitching occurred