 Prepare the image for scanning.

  1. If at all possible, avoid using originals less than 0.25″ high.
  2. When possible, use samples that include the letters on either side of the target letter as a guide to spacing.
  3. For letters from rough-and-ready sources (e.g. printed books), choose several different instances of each letter. Scan each of them, and then assemble a consistent alphabet using the best. The smaller the original letters, the more scans are needed.
  4. If the source image is a drawing or calligraphy, add at least two horizontal lines (typically baseline and x-height). This will make it easier to align the image after scanning, and keep scaling consistent.

Put the original drawing as straight as possible on the scanner plate. Later check to be sure that the scan is aligned.

 For ease, scan using a Photoshop plug-in, not the standalone scanner software. Adjust the image in Photoshop later.


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