How To Scan and Extract Items

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A simple stroke will alert you to any stray pixels. As for removing them, I always just do it by hand. Here's a tutorial on the stroke method.

So much good information on this thread! Thanks Cat for the tip about digital and optical resolution. I have an Epson Perfection 4490 that works pretty well but I've had it for years and that's good to know when I finally have to replace it. I like the idea of having a scanning "kit" handy. I've just tried to cover the scanner with sheets of paper hanging over the edge and this is such an obvious fix. Why didn't I think of that?
Does anybody have a scanner with a bed size capable of scanning an entire sheet of 12X12 without having to do multiple scans? Any recommendations?

Hi, I just saw this tutorial from simply tiffany about extracting if you are interested.

I am going to check my scanner (it's new) and see if it goes above 600 dpi and if the scanner light can be dimmed. I had never thought of either of those two things. I thought 600 dpi was a high resolution! Still learning here!

Well Donna: 600 is high "sort of"... As far as digital scrapping that allows the item you've scanned to be approximately twice as large as the original size. So it just depends on how much larger you want to be able to use it as. Say a 4x6 scanned photo at 600 would end up as 2400x3600 which 8x12 inches at 300 (which is a weird size so if you wanted to crop that to an 8x10 you'd lose 2 inches on one dimension).

I thought 600 dpi was a high resolution!

For digital scrapbooking and designing 600dpi is enough donna! The highers are used if you want to do bigger projetcts, like designing banners and promotional stuff.

thank for that clarification ladies!

I found this thread hoping I would find the answer to my question, but I am still having some issues. When scanning items (paper flowers or ribbon, so flat things) I still get some blurriness in random parts of the item. The highest I have tried to scan is 600 DPI, and I usually gently lay my hand on the scanner top to ensure it is closed and flat. Should I try more pressure on the top? Should I go higher? (mine goes to 2400 DPI) or is it just time for a new scanner? If so, are there some low cost recommendations?

Nicole, I don't believe it's a matter of more pressure on your scanner. It has more to do with the depth of field that your scanner offers. I have the same problem with mine (can't scan anything that isn't incredibly flat). A while ago, I remember seeing digi scrapping scanner recommendations, but don't recall any specifics. Though I do believe it was Sharon-Dewi Stolp that made the recommendation.

Until I get a new scanner, the vast majority of the elements that I extract are photographed.

Thanks! I looked at a bunch of scanner threads, but never saw any Specific recommendations, but I will deff look again. I have been in the market for a new scanner, and this reassures it knowing that there isn't really anything I can do with mine.

It may have been in one of the designer threads as well. I'll make a mental note to ask Sharon about it and/or see if I can dig up what she had to say. smiley

Thank you! I've been slowing reading through some posts using the Google trick to search for threads. I'll post here if I find it. smiley

Ack, I forgot to check for you! I dug through the designer forum threads, and it was Sharon who made the comment. Here's what she had to say...

"I'm not an expert, but what I know is that when purchasing a scanner, it's good to find out whether the scanner has a reduction type linear sensor (called CCD or Charge Coupled Device) or a Contact Image Sensors (CIS). These are the two technologies used in all document scanners. CCD components are also used in camera's.

A fundamental difference between the two technologies is the depth of focus, which of CIS sensors is very small, usually a fraction of a millimeter. That's why I chose a scanner with a CCD sensor, because of the greater depth of field."

Melo also suggested reading through this post. There may be some useful info there.

Amazing, thanks for this! Gives me a lot to start research for this.

Does anyone have experience with a fancy 3-D scanner? I found one for $100 off and was wondering if it's worth it to take the plunge? I've seen the portable ones that you just set stuff out on the table (ball, rocks, anything) and it scans it from above. How does that work?

I didn't even know the 3D scanner was a thing. I've been thinking a need something to up my photographing of items. My big struggle is the lighting, so I would take a look at how that 3D scanner lights the object.