Scanning fine art with Jason.

Hello, my name is Jason and I scan fine art. People often ask me about the best techniques for scanning fine art and I have compiled this handy reference for successful fine art scanning.

Click here to download my handy template

Dear Jason:

Q. Dear Jason, sometimes I scan fine art when I am at work, is this normal or should I see someone about it? Thanks, Chris.
A. Scanning fine art at work is completely normal Chris, I am currently scanning fine art as I write this. My favourite place to scan fine art is in public places such as movie theatres and playgrounds. Sometimes when I scan fine art I like to imagine I am on stage or speaking at a conference.

Q. Dear Jason, Sometimes I think about firemen when I am scanning fine art. Is this normal? Rob.
A. It is perfectly normal Rob, I often imagine i am a fire man or army man when I am scanning fine art. Here is a photo of me in my Peter Pan costume:

Q. Dear Jason, I have heard that scanning fine art too much can cause blindness. Is this true or did someone make that up? Cheers, Mike.
A. Hello Mike, I can honestly say there is no truth to this rumour. I regularly scan fine art thirty to forty times a day with no negative results. Once, during back to back episodes of the Gilmore Girls, I scanned fine art one hundred and twelve times with no adverse effects.

Q. Dear Jason, I am left handed and I was wondering if this will affect my ability to scan fine art effectively. Best, Steve.
A. Being left handed is an advantage Steve, I myself am right handed but use my left leaving my mouse hand free.

I discovered fine art scanning when I was about twelve or thirteen. Around 97% of people, male and female, scan fine art regularly and it is a healthy and normal exercise. Those that do not are usually suffering mental or physical problems so it seems strange that fine art scanning is still seen as taboo or embarrassing these days and the term 'fine art scanner' derogatory. In actual fact the term 'non-fine art scanner' should be more insultive as it hints at a mental illness. Those that are required to scan fine art should be encouraged and commended on such a socially responsible activity.
While there are many outlets that sell fine art scanning equipment, with a little preparation you can make your own fine art scanning device using everyday household materials. Here's how:

Step 1

Take one roll of Oreo biscuits out of the packet.

Step 2

Cut off the end of the packet and remove the biscuits.

Step 3

Roll the end of the packet over several times until you have a smooth, rounded bevel.

Step 4

Choose a photo of someone you would like to scan fine art with. Place the packet bevel over the lips and trace around the circumference.

Step 5

Cut out the area you have drawn. Remember to cut inside of the line to ensure the right size. Click here to download my handy template.

Step 6

Insert the packet into the hole you have just cut until the bevel is flush with the picture.

Step 7

And there you are. Your home made fine art scanning device is complete.


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