If you choose to design your own Foam Inlay or Shadow Board, the second step in the OSAAP workflow is to scan images into BlueShadow. Please make sure to use a 16 MP camera. If you are using the Canon Powershoot that OSAAP supplies, CHECK THE SETTINGS before you begin to take the pictures.
To do so click the "Scanning" icon on the first page of BlueShadow and browse to the location of the image you want to scan. It is best to scan images in directly from the camera to ensure that they are unaltered from the exact original.
Once the image is scanned, you will be presented with five different scoring methods:
- Photo 16 MP used: This represents the size of the original picture as a percentage of the 16 MP goal.
- Scanbord 16 MP used: This represents the amount of the picture inside the frame of the light panel that was scanned as a percentage of the 16 MP goal.
- Relative size used: This is the Scan board % divided by the Photo 16 MP % - which is a true indication of how well the image of the light panel was zoomed before taking the photo.
- Angle out of Center X: This scores how well you held the camera straight at 90° to the light panel in X
- Angle out of Center Y: This scores how well you held the camera straight at 90° to the light panel in Y
- The Scan board % is the key value to inspect. This value represents how much you zoomed in on the picture. The more you zoom in, the more MP of the picture are inside the frame of the light box, which results in more MP used when scanning the board.
- If you are using a 16 MP camera (as recommended), then 50% Scan board equals an 8 MP result, which is the minimum for an acceptable scanned image.
- New smartphones have cameras ranging from 8 MP to 41 MP. There are many options of 16 MP cameras (even in smartphones), so search for the MP of available smartphones.
- Using a camera with higher than 16 MP adds more safety margin to how much you have to zoom in on the light panel before taking the picture.
If you have problems scanning in an image, visit our Image Scanning Troubleshooting page. NEEDS NEW LINK.
Tune into the second half (from 3:29 onward) of this instructional video for further guidance.