Paintings can be scanned through glass without removing them from their frame and the moving flat-bed ensures no damage to delicate originals. The problems of glare, so often encountered when reproducing large oil paintings, are normally totally eliminated by the computer controlled lighting.
The ArtLab owns & operates South Africa’s only Cruse Large Format Scanner.
Because they cost many times more than the average scanner there are only a handful available for use throughout the world. We invested in this Cruse Scanner simply because we believe in nothing other than the ultimate quality at ArtLab.
This is the same machine used for image capture by NASA, the Vatican Secret Archives, and the world’s greatest Galleries, Museums and Universities. It comes with a multitude of special technologies that enable it to produce images that simply can’t be matched by traditional photo capture techniques.
It is also great for capturing textures etc. for wallpaper production. We have scanned 250kg granite blocks for the production of granite textured wallpapers with great success!
N.B. While every care will be taken with clients originals, all scanning work is accepted on the express terms that ArtLab will not be liable for any loss or damage to clients originals as per our standard terms & conditions which are available upon request.
Questions about Large Format Scanning?
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the largest original ArtLab can scan on the Cruse Scanner?
We can scan images as large as 1.5m x 1m in one high resolution scan. We can scan larger than that in sections and stitch them post scanning.
We have scanned originals as long as 4m in the past – it does depend on the size and shape of the original though.
Do originals need to be removed from the frame?
No. The Cruse scanner is capable of scanning the original in it’s frame – even behind glass. This is because the image moves on the scanning table under a stationary lens so there is no possibility of reflections or distortoin.
Is there a possibility of delicate images being damaged in the scan process?
The Cruse scanner is a non-contact process. Images are placed on the large moving scan table and pass beneath colour balanced cold cathode lights. They are not feed through a scanning slot like some other large format systems. So even the most delicate museum pieces can be safely scanned.
Does ArtLab also do smaller format scanning?
Yes we do! We scan off all sizes down to postage stamps.
Can you scan 3-D objects?
Yes we can! The Cruse Scanner can scan off 3-d objects up to 15cm in height. This makes it perfect for scanning textures etc. Wood – stone (the scan table can take up to 250kgs).