I was also struggling with scanning white backgrounds just this morning. I'm using an Epson V550 and on darker pieces I use the histogram tool and just cut out a bit of the white end of the spectrum to clean up the white background. But it doesn't work so well on images with a lot of light delicate colors. Sigh ....


On Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 2:14 PM, Bruce Bartrug <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Linda:  Oh, that's the problem!  My monitor is calibrated :).  A recently purchased Dell 24 inch LCD.

Lynette:  I have older work, too, which is sometimes quite a problem.  These were recorded on film, which adds another layer of corrections.  I added the small white border around the black because the black borders alone don't always show clearly on line.  Noticed this first with illustrations for books, and I just carried the idea over to anything that needs a black border to begin with.

Lynette:  you downloaded an image?  Oh, dear.  I never thought to check.  It would seem unnecessary in a Squarespace template that adapts to tablets and cell phones.  Argh!  Maybe I can add one in "Save for Web" function and make it easy.  Sigh 2.

Ann:  I should actually read the instruction to my Epsen V500.  Maybe there's a background color substitution there as well :).  Of course, one device's "white" can be another's pale pink or gray.

Thank you all for looking !


On Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 11:48 AM, Lynette Cook <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I can verify it too now: they are white. I should have thought of this first. I grabbed your vireo image, opened it in Photoshop, then took my eyedropper tool to see what value the background has. It reads 255 everywhere I check. You can't get whiter than that!



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