Digitizing original drawings, help needed.

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john isaacs Veteran Member • Posts: 5,526
Re: Digitizing original drawings, help needed.

VintageGibson wrote:

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.


You need an art scanner.  Look at either a Plustek A320E $549 or Plustek A320L $794 A3 scanner.  I use one, calibrated with an IT8 chart, for scanning photos and artwork.

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