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A Montage of Object Scans

The shapes, colors and textures of everyday objects provide a wealth of graphic ideas and scanned objects can easily be combined to create interesting montages. Unlike still-life photography, in which objects are in realistic proportion to each other, objects in a montage need not limited in this way: for example, small things can be sized to appear larger than large things. The elements of the montage in figure 3 include: a geode, a bathtub drain, a cake decoration, a postal scale, a ceremonial corn husk, a comb, a podocarpus leaf, a scallop shell and a steel hook.


Editing the scans
To make the shape of each object stand out, murky backgrounds were deleted by making feathered selections (see figure 4). Consistent drop shadows were added as an effect (see figure 5).
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