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Scanography Create Art With Your Scanner

Updated on January 2, 2011

Scanography Art of Scanning

With the increasing sales of digital cameras, everyone is taking great pictures nowadays. Not to mention the use of photo enhancing software, it's a little hard to stand out as an image artist. Scan art is a very unique and effective way to capture images, and the result will not disappoint you. So go ahead and broaden your horizons. Put your scanner to use in more ways than just scanning those stacks of paper!

Scan Art :Sacredcyn
Scan Art :Sacredcyn

Scan it

Capture your objects in a new light.

I love to photograph, as a matter of fact I carry my camera absolutely everywhere I go. I don't want to miss an opportunity to take a great photo. But I've learned that if you want to make your work stand out in such a populated art form, you need to expand your horizons. I have been experimenting with a lot of difffent means of photography, from using old cameras, to using the all the well known photo editors (they are fun aren't they). But because I am a restless soul, I had to do something new, maybe not new to many, but new to me. I started to scan some of my subjects, and the results I got were amazing! Of course this is not a replacement for a good camera, but the results are definitely note-worthy.

Many things are easy to scan, especially when flat or when they can be flattened out (flowers, blinds, fabric, etc) but if you want to create a really cool 3-D effect you can use a dark drape over the object to really capture item's base and a bit of the rest of it. Another cool technique is scanning different items and using an editing program to compose a truly unique work of art.

Of course every technique is different and I'm sure you will find yours, but if you use this art form there are so many different effects that you can create with a scanner. The possibilities are endless. The great thing is the exploration; you don't need to have a fancy scanner to capture captivating images, just a good technique, and an endless imagination. If you have a decent image editing program that would definitely help, but sometimes the captured object don't need to be edited at all. This picture I call Petals Y Toule has not been edited at all, and do you notice how wonderfully the contrast and edges were captured. The color of the violet flower is so vibrant. The curves of the image are great.

I've been experimenting with this for a few years now, but I have found that it is a developing art and not many people have meddled with it. There is no set way to do this, as long as it is aesthetically pleasing to you. Research it, and experiment with your scanner, once you've found your technique, show it off, you'll realize how quickly people will react to your work.

Scanners for Sale - These scanners range from price, remember it doesn't have to be a fancy model!

Make sure you just keep you scanner bed clean, (unless you need the effects of fingerprints/ dust).

Also featured is the scanner I use to prove that you don't need the most expensive model out there!

Petals y Toule - Scan art capture

Petals y Toule Sacredcyn
Petals y Toule Sacredcyn

This picture was captured with some wilted flowers that I could not get rid of, I sure am glad i was able to capture them so vividly, the scanner picked up the color magnificently.

AHH! MY Nightmare..

No wire hangers.. well, more like NO WIRES

Notice how sharp the edges have been captured? The only thing I did to in was add the border, I did not need to sharpen, brighten, or clarify. Due to the super high resolution on this image, the sharp edges, and over all detail, it was very easy, and fun for me to turn this garbled mess of wires into what I call Nightmare, using very basic Photoshop methods!

All of my scan art has to do with something very personal to me. Stay tuned for a brief summary of each piece

What is the most interesting thing you have scanned? Have you ever made a scanography creation of you own?

What do you think about Scanography?

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      SimplyTonjia 5 years ago

      Oh my, I have a bad feeling scanography might be addictive. I'll let you know. Thanks for such a great lens.

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      This looks awesome, how do you scan the objects like flowers without crushing and flattening them though?

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      Judy Filarecki 5 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Some really great ideas for feeding your creativity muse. I'll have to try some out.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a brilliant idea and a new digital art form. I knew you could place an object on the scanner for a nice image - I used to do it with my jewelry for eBay when I didn't have a camera - but it did not occur to me to...well...fiddle with it. You have some wonderful artistic images here. Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing and blessed by your neighborhood squid angel.

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      I kept a note of this to come back and Bless when I earned my wings! Sprinkled with magic Angel Dust!

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      grannysage 6 years ago

      What an awesome idea. I have never heard of it before (looks fondly at scanner). I wonder what I could make?

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      SacredCynWear 6 years ago

      @CherylsArt: I do use saran wrap for the really messy jobs. Usually I just use the bare scanner bed for my art though

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Cool idea for a scanner. I usually use my scanner if I want to easily make an image larger or smaller. I remember one time, scanning some flowers for something, and pressing them first between was paper. Did you do anything to protect the glass?

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      Blessed by an Angel. This lens will be featured on my angel lens: "angel-on-assignment"

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      I really like this lens. You are so smart.

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I think Scanography sounds like a great fun niche of art to try! Great job!

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      CCGAL 7 years ago

      My favorite scan (I guess it would count, since the technology is the same only in black & white) is my daughter's face with her nose pressed up like a piggy (eyes closed, of course) when she decided to photocopy her face at my job one day. She was about 12, I guess ... she's 28 now, and I still have the copy and love it so much, I was thinking about scanning it so I could put it on a teeshirt and surprise her with it. I have scanned some old and colorfully bound books from the 1800's ... that's probably as close to a scanography of my own as I've done up until now. However ... you have given me some ideas and I am delighted! Loved this lens!

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      What a unique idea! Love it. I have scanned items before (like jewelry for selling on eBay), but have not thought about making "art". Thanks!

      Blessed today by this Squid Angel and featured on "Being A Squid Angel" lensography.

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      SacredCynWear 7 years ago

      @Mickie Gee: Thank you for you blessing! I will list you as one of my fallen angels on *Blessed Cyn* I do hope you try some scan art sometime. It's very rewarding

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      SacredCynWear 7 years ago

      @dancerene: My scanner goes up to 1200, I don't usually need to go that high though

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      dancerene 7 years ago

      @SacredCynWear: I haven't really explore... it can go up to at least 600 but I usually use 200 or 300.

      What about yours?

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      SacredCynWear 7 years ago

      @dancerene: Thank you! I want to explore different types of scanners. what is your current scanner's DPI?

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      dancerene 7 years ago

      I've only scanned my own artwork to keep a digital copy. Tho' I'm aware that some people scan their faces and body parts with scanner, I don't know much about scanography until I read your lens. Brilliant! 5*s

      Those scan art of yours are really beautiful and I didn't know that scanners can capture such sharp images... well, at least mine can't.

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      burgessvillian 7 years ago

      Very unique idea for art. I can see this taking off. Good job on the lens. Thumbs up.

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      aishu19 7 years ago

      Wow!! I didn't think a scanner could make such clear images!! Maye its time I get a proper one..and I don't mean an expensive one..Mine has broken down and I didn't quite think I had to replace it just yet...but it is good to know that you don't need a pricey one.

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      SacredCynWear 7 years ago

      @kimmanleyort: Thank you. I too see a lot of potential for scan art. I wonder what the limitations are. I like to test boundaries, and will probably go through many scanners experimenting..lol

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      SacredCynWear 7 years ago

      @kimmanleyort: Thank you. I truly do believe that scanning can truly allow for a new wave of photography, of course there are somethings better left to the camera lens, but it has been a very interesting means thus far. I hope to see more people using scanography in the future.

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      Really well put together and your art is so interesting. I see a lot of potential for this niche.

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      SacredCynWear 7 years ago

      @makingamark: I feel the same way. I've even tried looking up preferred techniques and scanography tips, but have not suceeded, I will continue posting what I know about scanning objects. Thank you!

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      callinsky lm 7 years ago

      Very cool art. I really like it and cannot wait to try it.

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      Katherine Tyrrell 7 years ago from London

      I've been interested in this topic for some time - nice to see a lens on it as there's not a lot of information. Thumbs Up.

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      northamerica 7 years ago

      Petals y Toule is my favorite!

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Nice subject and an interesting take on using a scanner for effect. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust - Crafts

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      KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

      That is quite interesting. I realized to my surprise that I have done some scan art myself -- not to stand out as a photographer, but to expediate the process of photographing small craft items. I have tried photographing with a Fujifilm camera and then scanning, but I realized it was not only quicker to scan some items directly -- the product was actually quite a bit nicer. (Elegant black background, huh?)