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More What to Know About Scanning Art


Resolution - We price Cruse scans based on the resolution scanned at the original art size, typically 300, 150 or 75 dpi. Our maximum resolution is 1000 dpi at the original size.

The resolution needed for your final use depends on the size and method you'll be using for prints.
Please note that:

  1. Art is most often reproduced at original size or smaller.

  2. A 300 dpi scan at the original art size will suffice for nearly any future reproduction need. It also makes a good archive in case the original is lost or damaged. However, scanning that much data for reduced-size reproductions alone is wasteful and costly.

  3. The files for bigger art pieces scanned at high resolutions get quite large.

  4. The largest file the Cruse System can capture is 1.8 GB.

  5. Cruse scan files are "optical". They have not been degraded by using software interpolation to increase smaller sizes.

  6. EXAMPLE 1: A 300dpi scan from a 24"x30" original has enough pixels to make 450dpi @16"x20"
    or 900
    dpi @8"x10". If you're reproducing the art smaller than the original 24"x30" size, did you really need so many pixels to begin with or would a lower resolution scan of the original have been enough?

  7. EXAMPLE 2: You're printing a 5"x6" postcard from 24"x30" original art; the printer requests 300dpi at the postcard size. Solution: The postcard's 5"x6"@300dpi requires about 9 mb of data. A 75dpi scan of the original art will provide 11 mb of data, more than enough. Since the postcard is so much smaller than the original, it's not necessary in this case to scan the original at 300dpi.

Color - The Cruse system records color more evenly, accurately and with more detail than any alternative but files still must be optimized (fine-tuned) for your own final use. The amount of file optimizing required depends on too many variables to list but two important ones are the types of pigments in the art and the type of reproduction intended. The scanner may see colors your eye misses and printing methods vary enormously; each requires its own fine tuning of the file. In many cases there'll be little or no optimizing required; in others, more.
This is normal.


Color Space - Cruse scans are normally delivered as RGB(Adobe1998) but we'll convert them to sRGB or
(SWOP2) if you desire.


Texture - We notice brush strokes and other textures because they create slight shadows and reflections in the third dimension. Scanners, however, are two dimensional. Even so, we have lighting controls that help maintain the texture of your originals. Please inquire.


Make Ready or Scan Ready - Scanning prices are for Scan-Ready flat art that can be scanned after routine positioning and removal of minor debris. Art that needs special preparation before scanning will require "Make-Ready" services.

The additional time and materials required for "Make-Ready" service varies widely and must be custom quoted. In most cases we can provide a price quotation immediately after examining the art. We use all our experience and technical tricks to minimize the additional costs and we’ll suggest ways you can make your own art more “scan-ready.”

More Information on Make-Ready                 Download Make-Ready Evaluation Form

Frames and Glass - Most art in frames and behind glass can be scanned very well. Deep frames sometimes create very soft shadows at two opposite edges of the art, depending on their profile. Glass should be clean and scratch free for best results.