Drawing Based on Scanned Textures

Dried apple core scanned with Epson scanner.

Assignment Parameters

  1. Must use an organic object or objects that will fit on the Epson scanner bed (8 1/2″ x 11″ size) which will convey a strong sense of texture and value.
  2. Minimum drawing size is 9″ x 12″
  3. Must use charcoal or pencil.


What Will Be Submitted for a Grade

  1. Scanned image (emailed to brian.payne(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)yukonps.com)
  2. Completed drawing



  1. Find an organic object that would present itself as a strong subject for a drawing. Examples include dried vegetables or fruit, leaves, mushrooms, insects, flowers, tree bark, etc.
  2. Press the green power button on the scanner.
  3. On the computer at the top click Go ->Applications -> Epson Software -> Epson Scan
  4. The Epson Scan box will pop up on the screen. Click Image type and choose 16-bit grayscale.  
  5. Select 1200 dpi for the resolution.
  6. Place the object on the Epson scanner, but do not close the scanner lid. 
  7. Click the name box to name your file with your name. Click enter.
  8. A new dialog box will pop up. Enter your name in the “prefix” section, then click enter.
  9. Click the scan button to scan your image. The scanning may take several minutes. When it is finished it will be located on the desktop. 
  10. On the computer at the top click Go ->Applications -> Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 -> Adobe Photoshop CC 2017
  11. After Photoshop opens, click File (at the top of the screen) -> Open -> Desktop (find your scanned image. Then click return or open.
  12. Your image will now open in Photoshop. If you need to rotate your image click Image (at the top of the screen) -> Image Rotation -> Clockwise (or Counterclockwise) 
  13. You will now convert the image to black and white. Click Image (at the top of the screen) -> Mode -> Grayscale
  14. You will now make the entire background black instead of gray. Click Layer (at the top of the screen) -> New Adjustment Layer -> Brightness/Contrast.
  15. A New Layer dialog box will popup. Under the “Color” tab select “Gray” then click “ok.”
  16. Adjust the contrast and brightness so that the background is entirely black, but you haven’t lost any texture. This sample image shows a brightness of -66% and contrast of 100%.
  17. You will now want to merge all your layers together. Click Layer (at the top of the screen) -> Flatten Image.
  18. You will now crop the image so that it is 9″ x 12″. Select the Crop tool.
  19. Set the ratio of your crop to 9″ x 12″.
  20. Make sure your object is still in the middle of the picture plane, then double-click inside the image to crop.
  21.  There will probably be small specks of white dust in the black background area of the image. You will need to remove these. Select the Spot Healing Tool and click on these white specks. To zoom in or out, click Command and the + (plus) or – (minus) key. You can change the size of the Spot Healing Tool by selecting the brush size icon. You will need to zoom in a lot and use a smaller brush tool to eliminate the white dust specks that are close to your scanned object.
  22. Next, you will need to sharpen your image so the detail is crisp. Click Filter (at the top of the screen) -> Sharpen -> Sharpen More.
  23. Lastly, you will need to save the image as a JPEGClick File (at the top of the screen) -> Save. (make sure you have flatted the layers as mentioned in Step 17)
  24. Email the image to Mr. Payne (brian.payne(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)yukonps.com).
  25. To print the image, just double-click the image on the desktop so that it opens in Preview. Click File (at the top of the screen) -> Print. Due to the file size, it will probably take a few minutes to print.
  26. You may then begin the drawing.
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