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Show & Tell / Re: Halloween Pointed Pen Video
« on: November 03, 2013, 08:34:18 PM »
Thanks Roseann,

This is walnut ink. I use it almost exclusively unless I'm working in color or if I want a real solid black. I love the way it flows on the paper and I love the shade it creates. I buy a huge bottle of Tom Norton Designs Walnut Drawing Ink. I don't do anything to the nib other than when I first use a new nib. I put a little saliva onto a papertowel and use it to wipe down the nib several times. I used to use a lighter to put the nib through quickly (to get the film off) but I found the newer nibs to be sensitive to it and I was burning some nibs!

Digital Design / Re: Preparing Calligraphy for Printing
« on: November 03, 2013, 08:27:02 PM »
Joy, glad that is helpful!

Roseann - you can just clean up the scan, however, you may end up losing some thin lines. It depends upon how much contrast there is in your document. I like to letter in walnut ink which when scanned doesn't make for a good camera ready. However, sumi ink does.

Also, most printers are savy about what will and won't print well. So they should be able to look at what you submit and tell you if it will print OK.

You can erase some of the dust and noise. There are a few filters which do this automatically. Filter, noise, reduce noise. And also filter, noise, dust & scratches. However, both add a slight blur to the image or scan. You can overcome this by sharpening. Filter, sharpen, unsharp mask. I use the following settings:
Amount: 75-100%
Radius: 1.0 pixels
Threshold: 2 levels

Play around with the filters to see if there is one or the other you like or makes the best impact.

You can also use your eraser tool to erase unless it leaves the white showing through in which case I would use the clone tool. This will keep the same color as the background and go over whatever needs to be erased.

The healing brush and newer spot healing brush work great, too. You just touch where ever you want to erase and it replaces it with the background. Pretty slick!

Let me know if you have questions!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: INSPIRATION
« on: November 03, 2013, 08:17:15 PM »
Ooh - such fun things to check out! Joy - your spencerian is GORGEOUS! Barbara is my new favorite calligrapher! I've been admiring coveting stalking her work on Pinterest.

Show & Tell / Re: Halloween Pointed Pen Video
« on: November 02, 2013, 04:35:20 PM »
Thanks Jane!  I thought everyone worked this fast until I started seeing videos online of other calligraphers. Then I thought maybe I should slow down! But if I do, I lose the shape of my letters and get shaky hairlines.

Digital Design / Re: Preparing Calligraphy for Printing
« on: November 02, 2013, 04:30:11 PM »
Great Roseann! If you get stuck, just let me know and I'll try to walk you through it.

LOL Jane! I'm pretty sure that award goes to me. I'm famous for my "Stash and Dash" when anyone comes over. And no one can look at my ceiling fans!  :D My voice -  :-X UGH!  :D But thank you!

I'll be making another video shortly on how to keep the shade in lettering (not pure black and white) and how to adjust the color on that as well. It's a little more involved and a completely different process.

Digital Design / Re: Preparing Calligraphy for Printing
« on: November 02, 2013, 11:17:42 AM »
Great! I would *love* to hear how you all do your adjustment as well. There is no right or wrong way - just whatever works best for you. So I'd love to hear how others do it!

Digital Design / Preparing Calligraphy for Printing
« on: November 02, 2013, 02:11:50 AM »
Our first tutorial! I hope this helps. I tried to keep it as succinct as possible while also giving the details you need. Please ask any questions! And let me know what kinds of tutorials you'd like to see here at the forum!

Show & Tell / Re: Good Witch
« on: November 01, 2013, 12:04:51 PM »
Ha! I have two long haired cats who insist on sitting next to my lightboard while I'm lettering and sometimes insist on climbing on top of it when I'm done! Let's just say they both were a little more sparkly yesterday!  ;D

Show & Tell / Re: Letterpress
« on: November 01, 2013, 12:03:28 PM »
Joy - you sell yourself short! First rate my dear.  :D

I have the advantage of having been a professional photographer for many years! I learned Photoshop like a second language. I was also a systems analyst for HR so I have the computer background as well. It's been a great lead in to doing websites and such.

However, when I had to relearn web design using CMS systems and the whole social media scene, I was thrown for a loop. Perhaps I am getting old and the new tricks are getting trickier because everyone else seems to have jumped in no problem!  ???

I will definitely add that to the list of tutorials though.

Can't wait to see more of your work!

Show & Tell / Re: Halloween Pointed Pen Video
« on: November 01, 2013, 11:59:52 AM »
Thanks Lisa!  ;D You should see me if I drink coffee!  :o

Tools & Supplies / Re: My Favorite Nibs for Pointed Pen
« on: November 01, 2013, 11:56:55 AM »
Hi Sherry!

I also enjoyed using the Brause 66EF! I always like trying new nibs and even going back to ones I used in the past. I find it adds a different dimension to my lettering. And for whatever reason at various points (get it), some nibs are my favorite and then it will switch.  I think it has more to do with my energy and the heaviness or lightness of my hand and the style at the time.

Keep us posted on the new ones you try and which ones you like.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Iron Gall Ink
« on: November 01, 2013, 11:54:08 AM »
Hi Lisa,
I have used McCaffrey's ink (which has an iron gall base) for many years. I absolutely loved it. It is such a smooth ink and produces some beautiful thin hairlines. Perfect if I wanted to keep the shade from lettering but trickier if doing work for reproduction because the hairlines were so fine they could be lost.

However, this last batch I bought, I found it literally ate my nibs up! I mean within just a few sittings my nibs were corroding right on the pen! This had never happened before.

I caught a post on cyberscribes that other people were experiencing the same problem. But I lost my ability to access that email which was on a different computer and I haven't figured out how to add it on my new one yet so I don't know if anyone had solution!

Other than that, I haven't used any other brand.

Introductions / Re: Hello (from Vancouver)
« on: November 01, 2013, 11:45:09 AM »
Hi Sherry,
Welcome to the forum! I am a photographer as well! So we have two things in common. I feel the same way - I often sit for hours doing lettering. It is almost like meditating. I both think and create at the same time but in a very relaxed way ... most of the time!

I look forward to seeing your work on the forum. Please ask any questions and let us know what kinds of things you would like to learn.

P.S. Your photography work is beautiful!

Introductions / Re: Hi! I'm Erica McPhee of Paperwhite Studio
« on: October 31, 2013, 11:12:48 AM »
Hi Jane,
Welcome! I am so thrilled you have joined us here at the Forum! If you click on Profile, then forum profile, the first section is to add an avatar. Let me know if you need further help!

Again, welcome! I can't wait to see your beautiful letterforms on the Forum!

Show & Tell / Re: Letterpress
« on: October 31, 2013, 11:10:02 AM »

These are just beautiful! And your photography skills are stellar as well. Such a romantic feel to these. I will gear the tutorial toward creating finals for printing.

I will also do a quick tutorial on resizing photos for web viewing.  ;) This way you save bandwith, maintain the sharpness of your images, and it makes the full size image easier to view.

Thanks for sharing these! I so admire your work!

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