Drum Scanning




hell-drum scanning

direct scanning

The Linotype-Hell 3400 scanner which we use produces a much higher standard of quality than any other contemporary scanner. This company has long gone out of business joining IRIS Graphics as industry standards which could not keep up with the cheaper and faster revolution of the 1990s. This scanner uses an analog technology to produce better detail in both highlights and shadows of negatives and transparencies. If quality is important to your work, there should be no substitute for drum scanning. Also, because the Piezography process benefits by higher amounts of optical resolution, a Hell drum scanner offers the only solution which can get the most out of that process.

Drum scanning is certainly more difficult than scanning on modern CCD scanners because it requires a tremendous amount of operator input. But it is precisely this operator input that produces the far superior scan. Each negative and transparency is first evaluated for "how it should be scanned", rather than inserting it into a contemporary CCD scanner. The operator determines the shortcomings of the original or its special needs, and then produces a scan that is purposed for either Piezography, IRIS or EPSON printmaking. We've been drum scanning since 1991..

  • Can produce higher optical resolution files.
  • Better shadow and highlight detail.
  • Much less noise than CCD scanners.

How it works
We evaluate your needs in regards to the process you have selected as well as the inherent qualities of the original before scanning. The scan is retouched to remove imperfections and film defects such as dust and scratches.

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