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Cruse Art Scans

Quality art printing requires accurate scanning

Cruse-Synchron Scans 

Touch-free scanning for fine art, fragile documents, sample boards, collections... sizes up to 48"x72" and 12" thick, or even larger.

Museums worldwide use Cruse scanners for their precision and accuracy.

The Smithsonian

U.S. Pentagon J. Paul Getty Museum
Cambridge University London National Archive CIA
U.S. National Archives National Portrait Gallery NASA, Houston
Bibliotheca Alexandria,
Architecural Museum,
Over 400 Industries
& Museums




UP TO 1000 dpi




Cruse Scan Prices at Different Resolutions

Original Art

75 ppi

150 ppi

300 ppi

600 ppi

up to 12"x18"

$ 34.00

3 MB

$ 37.00

14 MB

$ 44.00

56 MB

$ 86.00
233 MB

up to 24"x30"

$ 47.00

12 MB

$ 53.00

46 MB

$ 67.00

185 MB

$ 169.00
777 MB

up to 30"x40"

$ 57.00
19 MB

$ 69.00

77 MB

$ 113.00


$ 222.00
1.1 GB

up to 40"x50"

$ 65.00

32 MB

$ 88.00

129 MB

$ 149.00

648 MB


up to 48"x72"

$ 87.00

56 MB

$ 116.00

222 MB

$ 205.00

920 MB


Turnaround Time:   2-3 business days most orders

Common Scanning Resolutions at original art size

    75 ppi - sufficient for many uses where prints are smaller than originals.

  150 ppi - fine for same-size Giclee prints from oils, watercolors, pastels and similar.

  300 ppi - common for offset printing at same size and often used for archiving.

  600 ppi - best for fine line ink drawings.

1000 ppi - possible from smaller originals for special applications only.


Pigments and dyes occur in infinite varieties so color data must be fine-tuned for critical matching. Our prices include basic adjustments but final optimizing is not included.

Color Management: We maintain state of the art color management using an ICC profiled workflow. If critical  color matching is required and you are not familiar with ICC profiles and color management, you should engage a knowledgeable graphics professional who is experienced with color imaging. We can also provide this service.

More "what to know" about scanning art ....


Small art flatbed scans up to 12"x17"

The Epson 10000 scans small art and documents up to 12"x17" at resolutions
up to 2400 ppi.



Up to -20 MB

$ 20.00

21-40 MB

$ 24.00

41-80 MB

$ 29.00

81-150 MB

$ 35.00

151-300 MB

$ 49.00

301-500 MB

$ 68.00

501-750 MB

$ 90.00

751-1000 MB

$ 125.00

Turnaround Time:   1 business day most orders

Want to know what your approximate file size will be?
Just enter the height and width of your original and the resolution required
in this file size calculator.

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About Files: Scan files are in RGB color space and have three color channels.
A grey scale file has only one color channel and is 2/3 smaller.
A CMYK file has four color channels and is 1/3 larger.




Scans saved CDR or DVD -- or FTP delivery for a nominal charge.

Scans are normally saved to CDR.  We will save to DVD for very large jobs, at our discretion.

For ASAP delivery, we can upload reasonable amounts of scan data to our FTP site for faster retrieval for a nominal charge of $20 per order. Please call our digital department for information.


Custom ICC profiles for accurate color management

We create custom ICC profiles for our scanners using calibrated targets and X-Rite Spectrophotometric instruments to assure the most accurate scanning possible.

What is scanner optical resolution?

All scanners offer certain fixed resolutions, called optical resolutions, that are dictated by the layout of their scanning sensors. Each optical resolution will produce a specific file size from a film format because the area being scanned (film format), the optical resolution and the file size are mathematically linked. For file sizes that are in between those provided by the optical resolutions, the scanner will operate at the closest optical resolution then use it's software to interpolate (enlarge or reduce) the file to reach the desired size.

What is the difference in 8-bit and a 16-bit color?

RGB color scans have three channels: red, green & blue. An 8-bit channel uses 256 colors, creating 16.7 million possible colors for each pixel (3 channels=256x256x256=16,700,000). A 16-bit channel uses 65,536 colors for each color for a total of 281 trillion possible colors.

The human eye can only discern 10 million colors so 8-bit color is more than enough to cover what we can see and 8-bit files are the industry standard. 16 bit color is overkill, to say the least.

That being said, our Cruse scanner does scan in 16 bit color. The scan is then converted to 8 bit files but retains additional quality because it originated as 16 bit.

Should I ever use a 16-bit scan?

After making thousands of beautiful photographic prints we feel that 16-bit color files add nothing to the printing accuracy but they do double the file size and add to digital overhead. Some people with other kinds of scanners may feel differently, especially with less capable scanners that do not perform as well as ours.

Some digital cameras use 16-bit capture to maximize accuracy with their CMOS or CCD sensors. The final files, though, will not benefit and should be saved as 8-bit color.

You may find situations where a 16-bit color file is helpful so we do offer 16-bit scans at an additional charge. Please call for more information and we will be happy to discuss your needs.