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Hi Emily,
 
I too have had some success with 600 dpi, books weighing down my art, and stitching ... but for such a large work I would go with the professional graphics photography.
 
I do remember someone on this list suggesting that one might be able to place a clean sheet of glass on the scanner inside the rim, to make it level.  Has anyone tried this?
 
Best,
Annie
www.annerunyon.com
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From: [log in to unmask] href="mailto:[log in to unmask]">Michael Rothman
Sent: Thursday, June 09, 2016 4:19 PM
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Subject: Re: [SCIART] Need scanner without raised rim
 
Hi Emily,
 
I have the same scanner and I have used it successfully to scan artwork (both on canvas and paper) at roughly the same dimensions. But the the process to acquire decent scans requires you to hoops to accomplish it and the "seamless stitching” that follows is a pain-in-the-you-know-what.  But it is doable and with sufficient overlap at the margins of the scans allows you can overcome the inevitable fall-off of luminosity that occurs because of the drop in height between the edge and the glass itself.   I have scanned color pieces at 600ppi.  It may be that there is an increase in the depth of field the higher the resolution, so if you devote enough computer memory you should be able to get quality scans.
 
I have done these scans by removing the slide transparency scanner at the top and have attached aluminum yard sticks (with duct tape) to the perimeter of the scanner to help keep everything aligned as I do the overlapping scans.  You are likely to be approaching around a dozen separate large scans to cover your entire surface area.    Having books to weigh things down also helps significantly..
 
I used to have an SCSI scanner that was capable of scanning works up to 11” X 14’ in scale.  Twenty years ago it cost nearly $800 US.   I haven’t looked at prices lately, and maybe they have come down, but I don’t know.  Nowadays. or high resolution scans of artwork (approaching the scale of your own aforementioned work), I’d just I take it to a professional graphics photography and pay the roughly $175.that such a high quality image costs, and let them struggle with balancing the lighting, etc.
 
I hope this information is useful to you.
Cheers,
Mike R.
 
 
On Jun 9, 2016, at 3:35 PM, Emily S. Damstra <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
 
Hello everyone,
I need to scan a large (~24 x 36 inch) painting that's on watercolor board. Obviously I'll have to scan it in pieces and stitch them together, which will take time but that's to be expected. My problem is that my scanner (an Epson Perfection V500 PHOTO) has a rim around the scanning bed that is about a sixteenth of an inch higher than the bed, so the stiff watercolor board will not lay flat against the glass. I want the painting surface to touch the glass so the scan is sharp.

Does anyone own or know of a scanner comparable to mine (that is, in the range a a few hundred dollars) with a scanning surface that is NOT surrounded by a raised edge? I'm not finding that information in the specs I've seen, and it can be hard to tell from photos.
Thank you,
 
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Emily S. Damstra
natural science illustration
Guelph, Ontario
(519) 616-3654
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