If you're facebook friends with me (that is, one of my friends or family members), you may have heard me going on (and on) about how overjoyed I was that I finally discovered a good way to scan cold pressed (textured) watercolor paper! I really love painting on the tooth. I like how quickly my paint dries and how the colors flow together when they are wet. And I love the results...IRL (in real life). But when I scan it, that's a different story. The light catches on all the little raised areas creating a shadow. In the darker areas, you are able to combat this by playing with the levels in photoshop and all is good. But it's especially a problem in light and white areas. In order to minimize the shadows, you wind up bleaching out all the middle level tones and making everything absurdly saturated. Of course, you want to keep a little bit of the texture, but still retain the integrity of the colors and values. It's frustrating to say the least. The following images are a little tutorial of this technique I have stumbled upon.
(want to see miraculous scanning in person? This image is available as a print from my etsy shop!)