thebluecanary said: I have a Q if you don't mind! I was wondering, how do you get the gold ink to show up nicely in scans? When i scan my pieces with gold ink, it tends to just look a solid flat color. But also I'm using a different brand, so if you don't do anything, that might be it.
I don’t! Don’t get gold ink to show up nicely in scans, that is. None of my pieces with gold ink are scanned, they’re all photos taken with a fairly high resolution camera (it also helps that my drawings tend to be on the small side).
Scanning is useful for getting a flat image with no lens distortion and the appearance of having a sort of ambient light source, but that basically makes it useless for getting metallic accents, no matter what brand you’re using. My lighting setup for gold ink is one softened ‘fill’ light to light up the paper, and a smaller light source (I always use a cheap desk lamp) pointing to the paper at an angle, so that I can see the light reflected in the edge of the gold ink. Obviously, because the light reflected by the metallic parts is brighter than the light reflected by the paper, it will tend to darken and flatten the rest of the image. Some of that can be fixed with a little post-production, fiddling with the exposure, curves, etc., but hey, just experiment until you find something that works for you!