You know that weird machine lying in some dark office corner? That awkward device we usually think about only when the need to scan a legal document arises? We’re talking about a scanner, and you wouldn’t believe the kind of beautiful art you can make with it!
Actually, an entire art movement formed around the creative use of scanners. The technique of capturing digitized images of objects is best known as scanography or scanner art.
Ellen Keegan >>
When you make art with a scanner, the image you get makes the viewer wonder whether she’s looking at a photo or a painting. This effect is the result of two main factors. First, the scanner’s camera has very high resolution, creating a sharp and detailed image. Second, all the objects are placed on a level plane, with nothing in the background. The process of scanning exposes the object we scan to strong lighting, evenly distributed throughout the entire flat surface. The lack of perspective and depth results in a unique image capture, giving three dimensional objects a partially flat appearance. This special effect gives a touch of the surreal to the image, somewhere between fantasy and reality.
Luca Pierro >>
All you need is a scanner connected to your computer and the spirit of adventure. That’s it, start scanning!
Josie Lselin >>
You can create amazing, eye catching visuals for your website with the help of a scanner. The first cool option is to create a few works and upload them to your image gallery. An even cooler option is to use scanner art to create an original, awesome background for your website. The options are endless. If your website is about recipes or cooking – play with your food! You’ll get really neat results. If you are a fashion designer, place the tools you work with (pencils, measuring tape, fabrics, ribbons). If you own a flower shop, anything from your garden can be used to create new art. Photographers? Bring your pictures, old cameras, lenses, film etc. Go crazy, it works!
We couldn’t resist the fun of playing with the scanner and made two websites – one for a musician and one for a restaurant – for your very own inspiration:
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