How To Scan Your Artwork & Print Cards at Home!

Hi friends! When I painted this cute deer watercolor I mentioned how I planned to scan the painting and turn it into Christmas cards.

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Many of you were interested in scanning your paintings to turn them into cards as well and in today’s video I will show you how!

Keep in mind that if you don’t have a scanner you can take a good straight on shot of your painting with a camera (even camera phones do a great job these days!) and follow the steps after the scan portion of the tutorial.

Tools and Equipment needed:

  • Scanner or camera: I am using an Epson Perfection v19 scanner
  • Image editing software: I am using Paint Shop Pro 12 software but Photoshop, or the free open source software Gimp or (maybe) Picasa can be used. There is also a free app online called ipiccy that will work for laying out your images and basic editing if you need it, it is very easy to use but is not similar to what I show on-screen.
  • Color printer: HP Photosmart D7360 printer (Discontinued but still works great!)
  • Matte photo paper
  • A2 greeting card bulk packs from Micheal’s Craft Stores ($5 a 60 pack last year)
  • ATG adhesive (double-sided tape)

Your process will differ a bit if you are using different equipment but the basic steps are the same:

  1. Scan painting at a quality of 300dpi using the color photo setting or take a high-resolution photo of your painting.
  2. Adjust levels using the curves tool or an intuitive “photo fix” button.
  3. Open a new 8.5″ x 11″ document and copy and past your image in it.
  4. Resize the image so it will fit on 1/4 of the paper. Add text if you wish.
  5. Merge the text to the image but selecting the text layer and choosing merge down then copy and paste that combined image in each quarter of the paper.
  6. Merge all layers and print using the best quality setting and nice quality matte photo paper.
  7. Trim images and adhere to card-bases.

I hope you give this a try, it might take a few minutes to get used to using your photo editing software, there are many options out there and I recommend you use what you have or try the free gimp or ipiccy options before investing in expensive software. If all else fails you can use Windows picture editor to print 4 images on one sheet so don’t despair if your image software is difficult. That is what I mentioned ipiccy, you can upload your image and drag and drop it into cells and print but you do lose some control over what you can do in editing software. The way I learn any new software is to play with it, you are not going to break it:) Good luck & happy crafting!

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8 Responses

  1. Thank you for this information. It is just what I was looking for!

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  2. I did it!!! Thank you, again!!!

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  3. One helpful hint….if you choose to take a photo, make sure the lens of your camera is clean. I was getting some terrible photos until I realized the lens of my phone camera was “linty” from being in my purse….lol. Same for my 35mm camera….even a little dust can make a bad photo.

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  4. Very pretty card! Thanks for the info. I have got to get motivated.

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  5. Thank you. I have not tried photos, but do text that way. I did learn some new terminology from you so that is great.

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  6. Great info. No time to try for this year, but between your watercolor tutorials and stamp school, planning great things for 2017. Thanks so much for sharing, your site is awesome!!!!!

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  7. Beautiful Lindsay👌

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  8. Thanks Lindsay – great video as always. I’ve been doing this for years. In my desktop publishing software, I have created numerous templates with DTP frames for dropping digital copies of artwork into – all saved as files on the computer – lots of different shapes for tent-fold cards, landscape, portrait, etc., with a logo or details printed on the back. I’ve also created grids for ATCs and other things. All these templates have cutting guides in the margins for making trimming them up really easy. I love to use them to print out Zentangle drawings, and especially Florabunda ones (Suzanne MacNeill’s Zentangle spin-off) which are great to colour. You just drop the image into the frames on the page and size them to fit, print them out in black and white and you can then paint or colour them as you want so each one comes out unique. It also means that there is a hand-done element on each card and they are not just prints. Painting them with Perfect Pearls (I’ve made a palette of these so they are like watercolour pans) is fabulous because they really shimmer. I love to do this from the comfort of the recliner in the sitting room, while watching TV with my hubby. Very relaxing.

    I love this technique. You can make infinite cards and other projects from the digital copies of your artwork, and you can print them out for album pages or whatever you want. So much fun!

    Shoshi

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