>>> SCANNING AREA <<<
In my on-going quest of finding ways to make nice and interesting textures (one of the reason that I’m on the lookout for an old analog Xerox machine), I read a tutorial somewhere (I really should make more use of ⌘ + B) where the guy writing had a pretty neat trick to create his own textures. He simply made a scan of empty air with the lid open. This, surprise surprise, only resulted in a empty, white image. Not very useful.
Until he bumped up the levels and a natural, colored distortion appeared as a frame around the image.
Hey, I just remembered! It was James Davies‘ tutorial over at PSDTuts+ and I was wrong, he scanned with the lid down. I however, scanned an empty bed with the lid open and got a completely different result. Especially when I inverted the colors.
Next I scanned my hand but held it an inch or two above the scanner to produce this blurry (due to both motion and being out of focus) image.