Using a photo scanner and painting canvas or another “real-world” material, you can create stunning backgrounds for digital photos.
Here’s the workflow for a canvas background — it’s the same for other materials, of course:
- Get yourself a piece of canvas at least the size of your scanner
- Using SilverFast 8 scan the canvas at a minimum resolution of 600ppi with a maximum resolution of 1200ppi
- Use SilverFast’s colour tools to correct for hues that you don’t want
- Use SilverFast’s histogram tool to get an optimum structure
- Import the scanned image into Photoshop
- Load an image in a Layer below the scanned image
- Set the Blend mode to Add or Soft Light
- Scale the background image (top layer) to your liking
- Adjust transparency to your liking
You can do this with canvas, but also with other materials such as a wooden panel, a plexiglass frame, or even well-creased brown packing paper. By scaling the image, you can easily create subtle effects, which is why you should definitely scan at a high enough resolution.
Take a look at the Vimeo version.