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Start with a Scan: a Guide to Transforming Scanned Images and Objects into High-Quality Art Paperback – 28 Aug 2000


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Amazing book 13 Feb 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I was graphics-challenged till I read this. The most I ever did with graphics was pretty much to resize them or add a little text. This book gives you a whole range of possibilites with color, texture, cropping, layering, etc. - more than just applying a fancy filter or tweaking the brightness and contrast. Now, based on the wealth of ideas in this book, I look at clip art and photos with a new eye, and have applied the various ideas to make a much wider variety of graphic images. The best thing about this book is that it's DESIGN-centric, rather than SOFTWARE-centric, so it's not limited to what a handful filters might do. Instead it expands your thinking to combine a whole variety of techniques to create something really unique.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
for beginners 2 Feb 2005
By Denis Laroche - Published on Amazon.com
I ordered this one. I will return it. Yes, there are very good ideas in this book, but nothing great that you cannot come up by yourself if your are creative. Trust yourself.

There are many references to using photoshop (I am an intermediate photoshop user) that you can find elsewhere, not pertaining specifically to scanning.

Technical discussions on file types, resolution are OK but, once again, if you have read other books, doesn't add anything.

I think that you can find better tips and ideas surfing the Web.

Simply not for me.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Amazing Book, a guide to the both the technical and artistic 18 Aug 2007
By James Fuqua - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book solely for reference on scanning line art and fonts, but have found that it has much, much more to offer. I disagree with a prior reviewer that this book is only for beginners and that much of the information is out there on the web. I have been searching, without success, for specific directions on scanning line art and fonts and converting those scans into usable art. (Just two chapters in this book.) This book not only gives one specific instructions for this, but goes much further and delves quite deeply into the actual creation of real art from a simple scan. The book also provides a lot of information on turning photos into graphic art. I had considered myself a fairly advanced user of photo software, but this book has opened my eyes to an amazing range of techniques and ideas on image usage.

I was expecting a technical guide to basic scanning techniques, and this book provides that. It also takes one much further beyond mere technical skill and is a wonderful guide to both the creation and use of computer generated graphics.
Love it! 10 Aug 2013
By MARTHA PEREZ - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book, great to start with scan proyect. Really recomend this book. High quality art book and nice illustrations.
Great! 17 Dec 2012
By Sue A - Published on Amazon.com
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Old book - but still great ideas found within! Easy to understand. Good read for those getting started with scanning artwork!
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