Your scanner investment will last years, so it is recommended to start out with a sophisticated software that is as good as your professional art work.

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Digital design artists, or conventional artists who want to learn about the new digital technology, be sure you select a flatbed scanner color software that is as sophisticated as your own graphic design abilities.

cedar scanTextures are the most fun to scan, since many objects fit nicely on a flatbed scanner. The scanner lens is perfectly capable of capturing plenty of depth and detail (you can scan fruits and vegetables for example). Several books can help you; I like "Start with a Scan" the best (by Ashford and Odam). You can order it from

You can use the textures as fill for large lettering for posters.

You can use the textures as background for your poster.

If you buy stock photo backgrounds, everyone else can tell where you got your designs from. Stock photos are published in every catalog for all the other designers to see.

If you use a unique background, that you created yourself, your designs express more of your natural artistic ability. After all, this is art and design, not copy and plagiarize.

Here is a snippet from a piece of Missouri cedar from our family weekend place in the Ozark Mountains. If you planed and sanded the wood you would get still another texture and pattern.

If you scan a letter-sized section of a board at 1200 dpi optical resolution possible with a Linotype-Hell scanner then you can enlarge that to poster size on a wide-format inkjet printer.

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