digitise your artworks with a 384 MegaPixel,
$50,000 'museum standard' digital reprographic scanning camera
and 3D soft studio lighting NOT a
low resolution DSLR or flatbed print scanner!
Please read on for the full story...
and drum print scanners can damage your precious art...
can NOT use a print scanner
to digitise canvas and watercolour art for reproduction. Apart from the
possibily of media sticking to the glass a scanner uses a narrow strip
lamp that creates harsh shadows from the surface texture of the watercolour
paper and canvas. If you print back onto textured paper or canvas you
get 'a picture of texture' on top of the 'true texture'. Ugly! 'Digital
Reprography' utilises multiple diffused studio lights for shadow minimisation.
See this example...
cause texture shadowsSoft
light reprography minimises them
Definition Digital Reprography
using a 384 MegaPixel scanning camera...
Our custom built digital reprography system uses a super high resolution
'BetterLight' scanning back
located in a 4" x 5" perspective adjustable studio camera fitted
with the world's best Schneider apochromatic optics..
This set-up produces incredibly detailed (up to 384 Megapixel)
images. Our copy rig also allows us to precisely 'shift; artworks
in any direction in case we want to digitise very large art in smaller
sections and use custom 'stitching' software to join the sections for
almost unlimited resolution! Finally the colour accuracy of our
ICC profiled systems reduces the number of proofs needed for accurate
colour and tonal reproduction and a Gretag Macberth colour chart is included
with each image or batch of images for BASIC print matching. (This chart
helps print houses, who may not have the original artwork for colour matching,
adjust the colour balance of their print systems)..
large artworks at actual size in high resolution creates HUGE image files...
Digitising large artworks at full resolution requires
capturing detail far beyond the resolving power of any lens, film or digital
camera which is why we digitise in sections. We
can digitise art up to 1.5m x 2.3m at up to 300dpi. That's
a file size of 1.34gb or 481
the 200dpi and 300dpi samples below...
Oil on Canvas: 1.3m wide, lit and
digitised to show some moderate surface texture.
painting courtesy of Kathrin Longhurst website
Examine these large art digitisation examples up close by clicking on
the 'Zoomify' links...
on Canvas: 1.3m
digitised at 200dpi
Watercolour on Cotton Rag: 70cm
digitised at 300dpi
Oil painting at 200ppi:
painting at 300ppi: Zoomify
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Galleries: This sample has full size downloadable
'true' resolution do you need for the highest quality art digitisation?
Firstly what is meant by 'true'
resolution? Sadly some photographers with shoot with 'consumer'
digital cameras and low quality zoom lenses and just sample up
the files to generate fake high resolution figures. Upsampling
gives big files but fuzzy, low detailed images and poor quality low contrast
reproduction prints. Even worse the consumer zoom lenses used will create
image distortion and unsharp, dark corners. Your artwork has to be digitised
at high resolution to begin with using the best digital reprography and
optical systems of the type used by European museums - and Digital
Our standard 300ppi to 3600ppi
services are recommended for the reproduction of the finest details
from pen & pencil drawings, technical illustrations,maps and finely
detailed art that will be reproduced on smooth matt,ccotton rag, lustre
and glossy papers but if required we can digitise at even higher resolutions
so that the artworks can be enlarged 2 - 4 times.
some cases works can be digitised at around 200
to 240ppi at slightly less cost if they are 'large detail'
paintings that won't be viewed closer than the normal overall viewing
distance to evaluate very fine details.
for our 'Ultra High Resolution' digital scanning / mastering services:
complete 'print-ready' art reproduction service with
frame distortion corrections, dust,
blemish and edge reflection retouching. You don't get a 'raw' uncorrected
scan that needs lots of fixing and proofing before it can be printed (like
other companies do)!
artworks should be mounted or stretch framed.
We illuminate the artworks with large high powered
striplight softbox daylight balance studio lights and digitise with a
Betterlight 384 Megapixel
digital 'scanning' back on a 4" x 5" technical studio camera
with Schneider Apochromatic Macro lenses.
same systems as used by European museums for art archiving and limited
edition fine art reproductions...
are digitised at 'life size' or 'over size' with output resolutions at
240ppi, 300ppi (Standard
Resolution), 360ppi, 400ppi, 600ppi depending
on the level of detail in the artwork. the required reproduction print
size and print viewing distance. For an accurate quote just email
us with a list of the originals sizes, media descriptions and your target
reproduction sizes. If you eMail
David Myers with a 'land line'
phone number and a time (during business hours) for a detailed consultation
he will call you and work out a solution tailored to your needs.
for artworks digitised at life size and 'standard' 300ppi resolution or
600ppi for 2x - 3x enlargements...
Original (210 x 297mm) at 300ppi, 16bit Adobe RGB,
50Mb File Size = $55.00 inc GST
A4 Original (210 x 297mm) at 600ppi,
16bit Adobe RGB, 200Mb
File Size = $77.00 inc GST
Original (297 x 420mm) at 300ppi, 16bit Adobe RGB, 100Mb
File Size = $77.00 inc GST
A3 Original (297 x 420mm) at 600ppi,
16bit Adobe RGB, 400Mb File
Size = $99.00 inc GST
Original (420 x 594mm)
at 300ppi, 16bit Adobe RGB, 200Mb
File Size = $110.00 inc GST
Original (594 x 840mm)
at 300ppi, 16bit Adobe RGB, 400Mb
File Size = $165.00 inc GST
Original (840 x 1168mm)
at 300ppi, 16bit Adobe RGB, 800Mb
File Size = $198.00 inc GST
x 1.33m Original
at 300ppi, 16bit Adobe RGB, 1.0Gb
File Size = $275.00
x 2.0m Original
at 300ppi, 16bit Adobe RGB, 2.0Gb
File Size = $385.00
or USB Drive Transfer Mac/PC
with all files, monitor calibration image, thumbnail index cover sheet
and case: No
additional 'Colour-to-Colour' Matching 'Sessions' for art with
difficult / UV colours. Adjustment layer corrections. masking and retouching
to make extra 'versions': $22.00 per imaging
session plus A4 Progress Proofs at $22.00 each
File FTP Transfer including file conversions
to LZW TIF or JPG. Up to 1Gb Total: No Charge
Gallery on our own server to promote your art. Much better than
reducing. compressing and emailing files! No
as you get additional works digitised.
See a basic example here: Click
What Do You Get?
The 'Digital Master' files are supplied as 16bit 'full colour
range' Adobe RGB TIF files with blemish clean up retouching, basic colour
matching and include a Gretag Macbeth colour reference chart for a basic
our 'Digital Master' image files are print ready and supplied to you to
do with as you wish.There is NO obligation to use our Fine Art Trade Guild
certified archival print services but you may want to order proof prints
as an indication of any unusual colour matching issues.
individual colour-to-colour matching via proof printing and precise adjustment
is available as a billable option. For the digitisation of collections
of artworks onsite or in the studio we can bill at hourly rates - please
personally for a consultation and an estimate of costs.
About Image Finishing: Image Optimisation,
Retouching and File Conversions.
Many photographers shooting with digital equipment
just povide un-named 24bit
JPG files 'dumped' on a CD. Even worse files are consumer sRGB
(Web colours) rather than professional Adobe
RGB (Print Colours) This is not acceptable. We digitise and optimise
images using 48bit Camera 'RAW' files which are then carefully 'Optimised'
to meet the artists's exact reproduction needs and colour standards. This
is what we do...
RAW digital files
are converted to the correct ICC colour space: 48bit Adobe RGB for print
or sRGB for web.
2. Image is straightened, cropped, scaled
and has the resolution set to the final reproduction needs.
3. The density and gamma is adjusted on
a calibrated monitor for optimum print or web reproduction.
4. Batches of similar images are colour
graded so that every shot matches in tone and colour range.
5. 'Unsharp Masking' (sharpening) is applied
to meet print ink trapping requirements.
6. Any dust spots and lint on the artwork
and edge reflections are retouched out and any warped edges straightened.
7. If required additional files are created
for different print sizes with Adobe RGB profiles & re-sharpened.
8. If required we contact your print house
to convert additional files to their preferred CMYK print settings.
9. If required additional files are created
for web & presentation needs (sRGB profile) and re-sharpened.
10. Files are written to DVDs or memory sticks
readable on Mac & Windows
11. Files are 'Archived' with your job settings
so we can provide any additional closer colour matching work and on prints.
colour managed 'Optimisation' procedures are performed on high-end Macintosh
systems using pre-press calibrated monitors. We keep your costs down using
custom procedures that speed up some procedures with batch processing.
We also offer high end digital airbrush retouching and 'PostScript Clipping
Path' deep etching services. Naturally we provide online proofing and
large file transfer services and all files are archived for over seven
is the DMA difference - full service & support!
Fine Art Printing and our 'BIG Canvas'
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