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Commission Day! [Jul. 15th, 2004|10:38 am]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
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Today I'm solely going to be working on commissions! I have several I'm working on all at once, and I need to catch up!

They're all in various states of being finished, so I really need a day or two to just work on them with undivided attention (I sometimes have a bad habit of starting to work on something and getting sidetracked by another painting, or email, or eBay, etc.). So today is officially "Commission Day" for me! Since these are personal portraits I'm going to be working "off camera".

Thank you for all of your great comments on my last painting! I'm going to probably have an "Email Day" tomorrow, lol, and catch up on that ;)

And after that, it will be a bunch of new original paintings! Including:

*The 8th installment in my Alice series!
*Some BIG paintings! (I have a huge roll of enormous gorgeous canvas!!!) It's been a long time since I've done a BIG painting!
*Some more Self-Portraits (and maybe some Friend/Fan portraits from my
Call For Models
, too!)
*Maybe a new Gothling!
*Finally more ZODIAC paintings! Cancer will be next!
*and MORE ;)

Okay, enough of that - I'm off to work work work!!!
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[User Picture]From: faeryqueenmab
2004-07-15 07:51 am (UTC)
i can't wait to see cancer! that's my sign
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[User Picture]From: heatherica
2004-07-15 08:58 am (UTC)
All these commissions! Is there any chance of you being able to show anyone these when they are finished?

Ooo, I'm Cancer! I can't wait to see it ;)
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[User Picture]From: cybertazz2
2004-07-15 09:23 am (UTC)
Yippeeee,Cancer, that's my sign too..I can't wait till you get to that one..Jasmine, how do you scan in your bigger paintings, or do you take a digital pic of them?
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-07-15 09:28 am (UTC)
Since I make prints and license my images, I always take high-resolution scans. It's very, very time consuming- for larger paintings I sometimes need to take 50-60 scans and piece them all together in Photoshop, tediously lining them up, adjusting colour, erasing seams, etc. Sometimes it will take many hours to get it completed, but in the end a high resolution scan is great!
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[User Picture]From: cybertazz2
2004-07-15 09:51 am (UTC)
Ohhhh, I was afraid you would say that, I don't have a clue how to piece things together without looking like it has been done...Any advice on scanners? I don't think mine is a very good one? Also, since I read your journal everyday is it ok if I put you on my friends list?
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-07-15 10:03 am (UTC)
Of course! You are more than welcome to put me on your list! =)

I just have a standard 8.5"x11" HP Scanjet - pretty much any relatively new scanner that will scan in higher resolutions (300-600 dpi is best!) would work fine. For piecing the scans together, you'll need Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro or some other image editing software, and then the following:

#1 Take multiple scans of the painting, covering the whole piece. For a 12"x16" for example, I take four scans - upper right corner, upper left corner, bottom right corner, bottom left corner. Make sure the sides of the painting are perfectly straight - you might need to take several in order to get it lined up right. Save them all separately (name them so you can remember - like fairyul.jpg (ul for upper left) or something).

#2 Open a new image (blank) in your photo editing program (I use Photoshop) that is 12"x16".

#3 Open one of the scans - I start with the upper right corner. Copy and paste the scan into the big 12"x16" window.

#4 Open the next scan (like the upper left one - go in a circle). Copy and paste it onto the big window, in approximately the upper left corner.

#5 On the second scan that you just pasted in step #4, change the opacity (transparency) of that layer to 50%. This will show the "overlap" zone so you can line it up just right!

#6 Zoom in as close as possible with your magnifying tool, and move the second layer until it lines up perfectly with the first layer!

#7 Change your opacity back up to 100%.

#8 With an eraser tool (the fuzzy edged ones work best) erase the "lines" on the edge of the second scan, to blend it in with the first scan, and flatten the image.

#9 Do the same thing with the bottom right and then bottom left corners, following steps #4-#8 until it is done!

#10 Be sure to flatten the image again, and crop off any edges. Adjust the levels and contrast if needed, and save as one big picture!

You're done!

Hope that helps - you might want to save that how-to somewhere for future use =)
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[User Picture]From: cybertazz2
2004-07-15 10:18 am (UTC)
Jasmine, you are truly the most wonderful and kind-hearted person I have ever met in my life....Thank you Thank you Thank you for the tutorial on scanning and piecing and all the other advice given, you are truly a very special person!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-07-15 10:30 am (UTC)
::blush::

Thank you, Bonnie! I try =)
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[User Picture]From: boogarshadow
2004-07-15 12:56 pm (UTC)
THAT'S HOW YOU DO IT!!!!!!!!!!! I was thinking you had some $40000 SCanner..LOL with some HUGE SCANNER BED....

What Scanner do you have? I need to get a better one..I have one that came with my 4 in 1 printer but it SUCKS..TErrible REsolution...

I need to get off my ass and get adobe!!! I have been so sad that I couldnt make prints of my last paintings because they were 16 x 20's!!!

<~~~~ is DUMB...lol
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-07-15 01:34 pm (UTC)
HP Scanjet 4400C

I'll warn you though - it takes a long time to get the hang of it, hehe! I spent 8 hours scanning one painting once, lol!
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[User Picture]From: boogarshadow
2004-07-15 01:49 pm (UTC)
Do you ahve to like line them up and then blend the Edges? How do you print out your big Prints? I was just taking my stuff to Kinkos...They give you heck about it to, scared because it is Art and the little C I put on them I have to show ID... and the largest they can do is 11 x 17...Do you print the Canvas ones yourself too?
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-07-15 02:11 pm (UTC)
I make my own prints - I have my own professional wide-format printer ;)

You might think about doing it yourself - in the long run it's a lot cheaper, and nice to have control. These here: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=15222&item=3827742257&rd=1 print up to 13"x19" in perfect photo quality, on canvas, paper, etc. For canvas prints you'll need to coat it with an inkset giclee varnish and cook it in the oven though, to keep the ink on there!

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[User Picture]From: redrevvy
2004-07-15 04:23 pm (UTC)

=^_^=

Oh the perils of scanning!!! Uuuuuuuuuughhhh!! I am ready to get rid of my 8.5 x 11 and grab one of those 9 x 12 os 11 x 17 off ebay... well mine did fine but I think its wearing out because it seems to warp the edges of my scans so lightly that they are just the slightest bit off
BLAH! Scanning!!
=^_^=
LOL
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From: flamingfaery
2004-07-15 09:45 am (UTC)

busy as a bee I see...

Jasmine, I e-mailed you I am going to buy three prints from you so please put them aside. and please autograph them. all I can said I made a candy wall in my bedroom. The rest is in the e-mail of the prints I want. E-mail as soon as you can I know your busy. Take Care Sharon.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-07-15 10:31 am (UTC)

Re: busy as a bee I see...

Hi Sharon! I'll go through orders a little later this evening and set them aside for you! Thank you again! Hehe, I like the idea of a "candy wall"!!!
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From: jasminefairy
2004-07-15 03:21 pm (UTC)
i'll have to send some more BETTER pics after this weekend's faire. i'll be in full fairy garb!!
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