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Activity Originally Created By: Mike Morris

Scanning Procedure

Part of Lesson Plan: Ink and Paint

Activity Overview / Details

Scanning Procedure

1. Drawn Frames should be prepared and ready for scanning (See Clean Up and Trace Back Lesson) with solid defined line work either in graphite or ink.

2. Prepare for Scanning by attaching peg bar to scanner with tape so that the portion of the frame that you want captured is aligned to the scanner bed. This will save time, so that you won't have to align images on the stage later.

3. Decide what resolution you will be scanning the drawings in. Low resoulution (72ppi) will make for smaller project file size, but will be distorted and pixelate if there is any scaling of graphics later on the stage.  Medium (150ppi) or High Resolution (300dpi) is recommended for better final viewing resolution or scaling of images, but will result in larger project file sizes.  The level and quality of resolution will affect the overall quality of your line work.

4. Scan images in Black and White or Greyscale for best results. 

5. As you scan and save images you will need to establish a consistent naming and numbering convention and save images to a scene folder. I recommend using the following naming and numbering convention (note: Image is a place holder name. It might be dog, cat , person walking, etc.):





and so on.

Each batch or sequence of drawings should have a different name and begin the numbering sequence at 0001

The file extension will be whatever type of image file you are using. For example it could be a jpeg, gif,  psd, cel, etc.  In this case I saved as a .tif file as it is a relatively smaller type of image file good for larger projects or sequences and it retains transparency for later compositing in a frame based animation program like Flash or Toon Boom.