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FIne art scanning - uneven color across scans especially at edge of bed

I am having problems getting consistent color - within minutes of scanning sections of oversized artwork on the Microtek9800xl. because I have to splice the images back together, this is a major problem getting the reproduction to have even color across the whole picture. Especially at the edges of the scan bed, I get a gray/green darker edge than at the middle of the flatbed area. Is there a problem with the lamp? can it be that other computer hardrives around the scanner are creating a magnetic field thus causing a strange light disturbance that the scanner picks up? HELP, I have huge projects that need to get done. Scanning tiny sections just using the middle of the bed to avoid the color-distorted sides is no fun.

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  • lisajk May 09, 2008

    My 9800XL scanner will not scan the same color consistency throughout the whole scan. One scan will vary in color from the next. This is a problem for me especially because I'm scanning artworks such as oversized paintings, watercolors, and pastels and I am spending too much time trying to correct the color difference in photoshop. Is there a setting I have wrong or is my scanner just not that color accurate. I would think the colors would scan closer than what they are.

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The scanner you are using isn't built for such precise work. There will always be a "sweet spot" (and less of a sweet spot) in these type scanners. You could try using only the middle section and doing more splices. This may crop out the poor section which are usually on the edges of these scanners. 
If you need a good professional scan, your best bet is a from a Cruse scanner which are unrivaled for exactness and detail. They are very expensive, but there are a few scan providers spread across the coountry...
Here is a link to ours describing them. Good luck http://www.pictureelement.com/aboutcruse.php

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The problem is going to be with the bulb itself. The scaner you are using is not made to do such precise work. The bulb itself is undersized for such a large scale job. You can look into upgrading the bulb of your scanner but I would not sudgest it unless you go to an authorized dealer/maint contractor for your Microtek to find the proper upgrade.

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