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Trade Paperback New Start With a Scan, Second Edition is the long-awaited, updated edition of the best-selling guide on how to transform raw, scanned images into attractive, ... finished illustrations. Filled with hundreds of brand-new illustrations and two new chapters, this book is a visual stimulus, filled with plenty of design ideas and images to get readers started. The book starts by covering the technical basics of scanning, and provides the information needed to get images out of the computer and onto the printed page. But the rest of the book shows how to scan almost anything (burlap, clip art, family photographs, found objects) to create a quality piece of artwork. Readers will learn how to create textures and backgrounds, transform photos into graphics, and work with type. In this edition, two new chapters discuss scanning images for the Web and using scanned images in arts and crafts projects. This is an excellent resource for scanner users who want to focus on illustrative techniques rather tha Read more Show Less

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Start with a Scan, Second Edition shows designers, illustrators, and hobbyists how to transform raw scanned images into high-quality, finished illustrations. The book starts off by covering the basic techniques of scanning and then moves on to provide a wealth of valuable scanning tips used by the experts. The bulk of the book uses four-color illustrations and step-by-step instructions to show you how to take a scan of almost anything -- a lackluster photo, clip art, an ordinary household object -- and turn it into beautiful artwork using graphics manipulation programs such as Photoshop, FreeHand, and Illustrator. This new edition includes additional chapters on using scanned images for Web design and creating your own arts and crafts projects. The discussion throughout is geared for users of both Macintosh and Windows platforms. If you do a lot of scanning, this book can help you squeeze more out of your work and get more attractive results.

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Describes techniques for transforming raw scans into good-looking electronic illustrations. The second edition adds two chapters on using scans in arts and crafts, and scanning for the web. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201710977
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: Start with A Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 11.05 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Ashford is a freelance writer and designer, and is the co-author of five books on computer graphics as well as two books on women's health. She is the co-author of Getting Started with 3D (Peachpit Press) and the previous edition of this book.

@AUTHBIO= John Odam is an award-winning graphic designer and a principal of John Odam Design Associates. He is the author of Start With a Digital Camera and is the co-author of the previous edition of this book.

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Table of Contents

1 Getting Started
2 Working with Scanners
3 Technical Considerations
4 Editing Scanned Images
5 Working with Printed Clip Art
6 Applying Artists' Techniques
7 Creating Textures and Backgrounds
8 Working with Scanned Photographs
9 Transforming Photos into Graphics
10 Creating Type Treatments
11 Scanning Real Objects
12 Creating 3D Illustrations
13 Multimedia Projects
About the Authors
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2002

    great book

    It's very difficult to find a solid design book. Most are either too esoteric in theory, or too instructional and basic. This one is practical, tasteful, and comprehensive. Just as the title implies, each concept starts with a scan. The possibilites are endless, from clip art to found objects to photos. Every scan is turned into a great design for practical use, and everything is fully explained.

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