I created a fine arts piece made with 0.03 micron pen and mechanical pencils. I want to showcase the fine lines and tiny dots in my work. However no matter how much I play around with the settings, I can't seem to get my scanned piece to look the same as the real version. The main issue is that the very fine lines look broken, and the small dots merge with each other.
It's done in black ink on white paper.
I scanned the piece as a colour JPEG, in 600 dpi.
In Photoshop, I have tried - adjusting curves. This makes my background darker but my lines become overly dark and they still look broken. - adding an unsharpen mask at 93%, radius 2.7 and 1 threshold level - added 2 unsharpen mask just for kicks - tried the other sharpen mask settings
I'd be very grateful if you have any advice for me - this problem has left me stuck for a while. Much thanks!