A bit overdue and not much of an informative post, but something I wanted to just put down for information sake, and for future reference.

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I made a tweet a while back after I updated to the most recent update on Mojave for MacOS. In essence the gist was that there was a new feature that I came across while just browsing and clicking around.

And.. I thought it was so interesting. It autosaved a PDF onto my desktop directly from my phone. It's like my computer sent a signal to my phone, I reacted using my phone to take the photo, and then it sent a signal back with the final image/scan.

Truly amazing.

So I wanted to compare.. how good is this scan actually? I opened the specs on photoshop and was pleasantly surprised. It was actually quite a large file and captured a lot of the details.

I thought it would also be fun to compare with a scan I would normally have on my scanner at 300DPI. Pasted on top of one another, the iPhone scan was at default a lot larger in size, as seen from comparing specs, probably from the high resolution its saved at.

Okay that's fine and dandy, it's nice that the image is quite large, but how good is the quality actually? When scaled to the same size and compared side by side, they actually don't differ too much and I'm super surprised at how little warping there actually was with the original photo scan.

Granted there is some slight warping, which I think is going to the nature of a photo since it will be based on how I take the photo and adjust the edges, but overall it's not too far off.

In terms of colour, the iPhone definitely made adjustments to get rid of shadows and removed residue on the page, but overall not too far off! It also saturated some of the oranges to become more yellow, which I think is quite reflective of the original image rather than what was captured in the raw scan (as you can see in the photo posted at the start of the post).

When scaled down to the same size and compared side by side at 100%, the quality of the scan and sharpness of the image aren't too far off either from one another (right being scanner, left being iphone scan). There's a bit of sharpening effects on the iPhone scan.

Probably not as interesting, but the final scan cleaned and ready for print! 

I ended up using the scanned document since it was already part of my workflow, but possibly in the future, I'm thinking it'd be fun to do a photo scan set and use those directly. Considering that most of my scans/drawings for stickers tend to be drawn a lot larger than when prepared for print, this might actually be a feasible thing to try. It would save me so much time (especially since updating to Mojave rendered my scanner drivers all useless and I have to go up a floor to scan using my dad's super old and slow computer). 

Win some and lose some haha.

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I think I mentioned this previously in the photo filtering post, but this is another sticker that will be part of a pen/ink sticker set that I'll be releasing when my store will be open again (I am probably going to push it to the following week because of all the life commitments going on right now).

Thanks for reading!

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