Tuesday, August 23, 2005

The Sleep of Reason

I recently bought a new scanner--a Canon 8400F--after my old one collapsed (an HP). It has a high resolution and picks up more detail than the old scanner. This is important to me when scanning slides of my woodcuts which often have finely scratched lines that, with the old scanner, would look like blotches. Both scanners have difficulty dealing with slides made on tungsten film, both adding a color cast in the blue/green range. But the Canon gives less of a cast, making it easier to get rid of it in Photoshop.

This was a test I made from a slide of a print called "Sleep of Reason", based on a an etching by Goya:

You can find the original scan at: http://www.room535.org/woodblocks/ If you compare the two, you'll see (I believe) that the new scan is crisper and shows better detail. (Click on the image to enlarge.)