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Photoshop Finishing Touches by Education and Curriculum National Association of Photoshop Professionals Senior Developer, Dave Cross

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Technique #13. Scanning in a Shape

If you still have access to a scanner, you can have some fun playing with this idea. Take a piece of paper or a white card and paint on it—I mean with real paint (or great big markers). Scan it in (after it’s dry of course) and use that as a shape in a layer mask. (Hint: Scan it at a higher resolution than you think you’ll need so you have some room to play with resizing.)

key concepts:

layer masks

free transform

Here’s the result of my scan.

Step One.
Take a look at your scan and see what you’ve got. ...

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