How to Scan 3-D Objectsin Tutorials
By bill3802/William (1,847)
on January 12, 2007 5:39:25 PM CST
How to Scan 3-D Objects
Typically, we use a scanner to make an image of a flat object, such as a magazine article or a photograph, and convert it to a file that we can save on our hard drive. However, you can also scan 3-D objects such as flowers. Here's how:
NOTE: To protect your scanner's glass surface, place a clean sheet of clear acrylic or plastic over it. You can buy acrylic and plastic sheets at hardware stores and online.
(1) Clean your scanner's glass and the acrylic or plastic sheet that you place over it.
(2) Place the object on the acrylic or plastic sheet.
(3) Leave the scanner's lid up and scan the object as you normally would.
Leaving the scanner's lid up makes the background black. You could experiment by placing colored papers over the object to produce a different background.
I find that flowers work best when you suspend them over the scanner rather than placing them on their side. To do this I attach a wooden rod to the back of a tall chair, and then I use string to hang the flower from the rod so that the flower just barely touches the acrylic or plastic sheet. (Unless you have a very steady hand, holding the object will result in a blurred image.)
Good luck with your scanning!
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