I'm not sure where to put this, but I just wanted to share.
I am probably way out of date, but I got a new scanner for Christmas, and I'm just so happy with it that I wanted to share incase anyone else was looking for one. Note that I still don't think it would work well on glossy surfaces, unfortunately. Pastels, drawings, watercolors and matte acrylics all work great though.
I've been into Traditional artwork for about 1.5yrs now, although I tend to take long months breaks where I lose inspiration.. so really, I'd say several months.
I've tried capturing my artwork for sharing/printing throughout this whole time and it has always been a PAIN. P-A-I-N! I was very into photography before this, and I have many expensive lights and a (at the time) very expensive camera, perfect lenses for the job... and still! It was so frustrating. Why is it dark in the corner? Where is that bump coming from I don't see if in real life. Why is is bowing outward. AHHH! I tried it on an easel, taped to the wall, outside, and it was just never "right"... and I spent as much time trying to color-correct, contrast-correct, realign and fix as I did creating it.
I looked a long time, and decided I wanted a CCD scanner, and I wanted it dedicated to only scanning. Most scanners these days are CIS. I can't go into all the details of this (I don't know much!) CCD is much better quality for fine-art reproduction. I didn't have a whole lot of space or money for it so I landed on the Epson Perfection V37
. A little over $100 at the time of purchase, unfortunately the bed is only 9x12 however I tend to work small so it works for me - I haven't tried stitching large things together though I imagine it will do fine.
I also bought an extra long, 10ft cable to hook it to the PC - so I could put it somewhere way out of my way.
I've just been so happy every time I've used it. I hardly do anything to the produced image, other then rotate/crop. The colors are pretty much identical. No more guessing! No more trying to unwarp! And I can get HUGE files for reproduction! My latest painting is scanned in at 11300x8100. Here are some 100% crops:
On the last one, notice it picked up the subtle shift from blue to pink!
All cropped from: