What to do with the finished painting? How to show it on the Internet? Take a picture of it or scan it? The question is justified, because in order to make the image on the monitor looks more or less as similar to the original, one has to put a lot of effort. In this post I will try to tell you about my experience with scanning and taking a photo of the finished watercolor painting.

Photos

I always took pictures of my finished paintings. I set the painting at home in the right place, I waited for good light and took a photo. But this was true when it comes to artwork painted in a different than botanical style and those painted with other techniques. Unfortunately, when you take a photo of a precise botanical painting, it’s rarely good. The problem that always appears is a background that is never white. It always has a blue vignette and it does not look good. And we care, after all, about nice and clean background. Taking a photo of a botanical painting is not the best solution.

However, this does not mean that taking pictures is bad at all. It is good, but in my opinion, in one case: when we take pictures of the stages of a painting, showing at the same time, for example, a palette or a workplace. Pictures of details of a painting taken from different angles always look very good, and we certainly won’t get this effect with a scanner. However, if you want to publish your painting on the web or (most importantly) make its reproductions – scanning will be irreplaceable.

Scan

One day I was already annoyed by this blue vignette in the photo. It is possible to get rid of it in the graphics program, although it is a very arduous work and the effect is not always what we would expect. Besides, we also run the risk that even if we remove the background nicely, the object itself will be blurred in some places, because that’s how it is with photos. I decided to give it a go and take my finshed botanical painting to the printing office to scan it professionaly.

The effect exceeded my expectations. The image on the monitor looked almost identical as my painting. I didn’t even have to manipulate the colors, I only darkened the levels, because the scan always comes out too bright. Another advantage of the scan, very important, is that the background remains white, there is no vignette, the entire scan is clear and has high resolution. Scanned painting can also be used to make reproductions.

Example

Take a look at how big difference is between a photo and a scan.

Photo:

Scan:

The difference is huge, right? For an even better illustration, I combined the fragment of the scan and the photo: