Digitizing original drawings, help needed.

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VintageGibson New Member • Posts: 20
Digitizing original drawings, help needed.

Evenin' all,

I have a number of original A3 sized drawings that I want to digitize.
I have tested a few approaches with varying success as outlined below.

1. Photographing using Fuji XT-3 and various Fuji lenses.

I don't have lighting (and don't want to buy only for occasional use),
so shots were taken outside on a bright day, but not in direct sunlight.
The resulting images were pretty good for sharpness and resolution, but
exposure was a bit uneven, top to bottom.

2. Scanning and stitching using A4 Epson domestic scanner/printer.

Scanned in 3 sections and stitched together in software.
Sharpness and resolution good, but scanner introduces some dimensional
distortions, colour shifts and uneven exposure.

3. Scanning by local commercial print-shop.

Due to Covid I have been unable pursue this beyond a couple of disappointing
attempts over a year ago. The main problem being the adolescents who were
on duty claiming to know what I meant by Maximum Resolution but giving me files
of around 1MB from A3 scans.

I feel that the photographic method would give me more control if I can sort
out the uneven exposure, but since I could use it for other projects, I would
consider buying an A3 scanner if someone can advise on uneven exposure and
colour shifts.

Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated.


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