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We scan your paintings: Digitize art on Cruse large format scanner

We scan your painted pictures, paintings, watercolors, drawings, collages, paintings, but also surfaces and decorations such as wood, stone, tiles, sand, leaves, carpets, textiles, screen prints and much more. We use our Cruse scanner to digitize your art in one piece up to A0 format in the highest quality without touching it. Larger formats are also possible on request. read more

Scanning paintings on our Cruse scanner (large format scanner for art, non-contact), digitizing painted pictures in one piece up to A0:

We scan your painted pictures, paintings, watercolors, drawings, collages and paintings. Surfaces and decors such as wood, stone, tiles, sand, leaves, carpets, textiles, screen prints and much more are also possible. Formats from A4 to A0 in one piece, brilliant and gentle in the highest quality.

Our services:
- Scan in the desired mode (see below for a comparison of the scan modes).
- on request also in 16 bit at the same price (larger file)
- color converted to ECI-RGBv2
- including provision of the file on customer data carrier or via wet transfer

The special features of the Cruse scanner:
- The main feature of a Cruse scanner: depending on the original and the illumination variant and angle, digitization is possible with or without a clearly visible structure or texture.
- Cruse scanners are suitable for paintings, drawings, oil paintings, watercolors, tiles, plans, historical documents, surfaces of all kinds
- Also perfect for digitizing decors such as wood or wall and floor tiles
- Scan resolution 300 dpi up to A0 size (118.9 x 84.1 cm)
- this resolution is perfect for 1:1 reproductions and artscans up to 150% magnification
- maximum size in one piece without division is 122 x 92 cm (in 270 dpi)
- scanned in several parts larger formats are also possible on request
- Scanned originals can be up to 20 cm high, with a depth of field of approx. 5 cm
- Items weighing up to 100 kg can be scanned
- images in the frame can also be scanned

Further features of the Cruse large format scanner:

- higher resolution is possible up to 1,000 dpi depending on the original size (see prices)
- Very good flatness thanks to vacuum feed table (suction of corrugated/curved originals that are not too stiff)
- non-contact scanning, even for framed originals or for collages and montages
- Even heavy flat objects such as wall and floor tiles can be scanned
- absolute precision down to the tenth of a millimeter range
- Homogeneous illumination over the entire scan width and length
- True-to-life color reproduction thanks to regularly checked color management
- only 10 % of the amount of light required by conventional scanners
- Nearly uv-free cold light, which significantly reduces the surface heating of the template

How long does it take to make my picture?

In our product or category descriptions, you will find the average production times or the exact printing dates and deadlines for data submission.

I am unsure if the size of my image is sufficient. What can I do?

We check your data for the appropriate resolution for the desired size and whether the image proportions fit. If there are any problems or ambiguities, we will contact you.

What is the exact ordering process?

You either order your image in our online store or send us the file via our individual order with the appropriate info and your wishes noted.

For both order options, after we have successfully reviewed your data, you will receive an e-mail containing our invoice with the payment terms and informing you of the expected completion or shipping date.

If you have paid our invoice in advance, you can come to pick up your print at any time during our business hours from the completion date. Payment on site is possible by German EC card or cash. For staff reasons, however, we are happy if you have already paid in advance. This is possible by bank transfer or Paypal.

If your data is not readily printable, we will contact you in advance to inquire.

Can I pick up my print in person?

You can come to our retail store in Berlin-Friedrichshain for collection at any time from the notified completion date during our business hours from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5:30 pm. Since we currently do not have the store open directly due to staffing reasons, then please just knock on our door.

How much does it cost to have a photo printed?

Prices for printing a photo start at 30 x 20 cm with 4,02 EUR. The printing price always depends on the chosen material and the size of the image. The resolution of your photo has an influence on which sizes are still well printable.

What format to print photos?

The aspect ratio of the photo should match the aspect ratio of the format to be printed. Many cameras take photos in the aspect ratio of 3:2 or 4:3. This results, for example, in a photo in the format 30 x 20 cm or with the 4:3 aspect ratio the format 40 x 30 cm. Optimal photo file FORMATS are jpg files, as these are not too large due to their compression and are therefore easy to send. But also png and tif are possible.

How can I print pictures from my cell phone?

You can email pictures from your smartphone directly to us on demand and have them printed on high-quality photo paper. Or you can upload your photos to be printed via our webshop during the order process.

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Example image for normal mode when scanning paintings
Example image for structure mode when scanning paintings
Example image for texture mode when scanning paintings

The scan modes of the Cruse scanner in comparison

On a Cruse scanner, various settings are possible for the lighting of the painting, drawing or watercolor to be scanned:

Scans in normal mode: These are illuminated evenly from the left and right. This results in homogeneous illumination, but any raised areas of the image are leveled out. Normal mode is perfect for flat originals, such as drawings, watercolors, but also for paintings on canvas, where you sometimes want to avoid overemphasizing the material surface in structure mode.

Scans in structure mode: These are only illuminated on one side from the left. This scan mode is particularly suitable for scanning paintings with a pasty application of paint. Due to the one-sided illumination, raised areas of the image cast a shadow and thus appear vivid and tangible. The scan also appears sharper overall due to the greater richness of detail. It should be noted that the light should always fall on the painting to be scanned from the left or from above. This means that the original cannot be rotated at will, as this would create unrealistic shadows.

The texture mode: Only illuminated from the left with a special light deflector. This mode emphasizes even the finest structures due to the oblique deflection of the light direction and is therefore suitable for work where every detail is important, e.g. for the decor industry. This texture mode is extremely slow due to the small amount of light used and is therefore also very expensive. For scanning paintings, the texture mode is usually absolutely sufficient for displaying the plasticity.

Format overview with resolution per size for the Cruse scanner

Scan paintings in higher resolution:

The standard scan resolution is 300 dpi. This is feasible up to an original size of 122 x 85 cm. If we only scan at 270 dpi, a format of 122 x 92 cm can also be scanned in one piece.

A higher scan resolution than 300 dpi is possible for an additional charge. However, this reduces the height of the scanning area. Examples400 dpi resolution is only possible up to a maximum scan area height of 63 cm. 600 dpi only works up to a height of 42 cm and 1,000 dpi even reduces the scan area in height to only 25 cm.

A higher scan resolution also somewhat reduces the depth of field within which an object is sufficiently sharp. This is around 3 to 5 cm at 300 dpi. Therefore, the higher the scan resolution beyond 300 dpi, the smaller may be the Height differences of a scan template.

Digitize your art in large format up to A0 on a Cruse scanner:

A scanned art object, better than photographed.
Close-up view of a scanned art object, better than photographed.
Structure art scan from the original, technique: ramin wood bent, drilled, painted and mounted on board (100 x 70 cm) painted with green school board varnish. Title: "TWIST, 2014" by Gustav Reinhardt,
Scanning paintings with pasty paint application and close-up view
Art scan cruse scan of stoneware or tiles and a T-shirt

Painting scans in structure mode. Left: Detail Chr. Behring "Mother & Child". Right: Detail E. Makushkin "Flamingo", or stoneware, tiles, masonry, wood, collages, fabric patterns, silk painting or textiles ...

Photo of the extensive application of paint on the scanned painting.
Photo of the paint application on the scanned painting.

This is where the photographer has to fit! Such consistently high quality across the entire original size can only be achieved with a scan. Scans for a high-quality presentation of highly structured oil paintings (using the lateral light deflector = texture mode) for Juan Page's website (

Nab area Paper surface after scanning on the cruse scanner
Example images for scans on Crusescanner, coffee beans and beach sand with accessories
Even the very finest structures, e.g. on paper, can be made visible under magnification. Left: Ink drawing on rice paper (detail enlarged). 2nd left: Detail Andrei Dorokhin "Infanta" Right: Arrangements of three-dimensional objects can be scanned with absolute sharpness of detail in texture mode.
Scan paintings in large format on our Cruse scanner in Berlin

Scanning your painting for later reproduction/archiving

Scan your painting today rather than tomorrow! If you are planning a retrospective later, a catalog of your artwork, Art prints or are planning other uses for your painting, it may already be too late to get your hands on the original.

Imagine you have a high-quality digital copy of your painting: who knows what the future holds? The original will hopefully be sold for a good price or the colors will have faded or your painting will be damaged. With good digitization, you can still create a replica, hand-signed editions or mass art prints of your artwork at a later date or prove the original condition of your painting to the insurance company.

You are therefore well advised to simply consider the costs of digitizing your painting as part of the production costs - scanning is actually always worthwhile ...

Why artists digitize their painted pictures and other artworks

Save your precious original and exhibit a replica!

There are many ways for an artist to show his paintings. Unfortunately, quite a few of them are not entirely safe for the valuable original. Just think of sales exhibitions in shopping centers and bookstores or the presentation in doctors' offices or in restaurants. Although these may offer good opportunities to sell a painting, the risk of damage or even theft of the unique original should not be underestimated.

A high-quality reproduction on canvas or fine art paper can be a safe alternative. True colors and digitized images that are sharply detailed and evenly lit right to the edges are the best prerequisite for replicas that can stand up to comparison with the original.

If the interested parties the originals are too expensive ...

Spontaneous comments like, "Oh, that's beautiful, I like that! How much does it cost?" often change after the price is announced to "... oops, yes ... but that's a lot, I'll have to think about it at my leisure".

So you have many potential buyers for a picture, only unfortunately many can not or do not want to afford the investment? But maybe you can offer a limited edition of your work, signed by you and at a price that is absolutely affordable?

Once ten images are sold, you may have earned more than selling the original. However, a high-quality print requires a good artwork and a cruse scan is the best prerequisite for this.

A different approach to revenue optimization: Size matters!

Time and again, we find that large-format images impress people more than smaller copies. The size of an image alone often evokes enthusiasm. We experience this particularly often with our art reproductions. A perfect reproduction from the original format 30 x 40 cm to, for example, the format 75 x 100 cm impresses with the precision and sharpness of every detail and every brush stroke, even in the extreme close-up range.

Painting Digitization: Why Not Photograph?

The most common method of digitizing a work of art is to simply photograph it. In the professional sector, there are camera systems for this purpose that, in conjunction with professional lighting, also achieve very good results, but these have their price. The main advantage of photography, mobility, is also a cost disadvantage.

You can't get our cruse scanner into your gallery or studio either, but you will save on the photographer's travel expenses, photographer, set-up time, and you are guaranteed excellent quality and all the details of your image will be "captured".

The stationary use of a scanner is much more reliable in terms of repeat accuracy than shooting in a photo studio, which is not set up for one and the same type of shot and template size. The variety of painting formats therefore always requires a complex individual adjustment of the lighting when photographing in order to obtain a good photo, which also makes scanning cheaper in comparison.

Cruse scanners enable consistent scanning results

A unique advantage of the Cruse scanner is the ability to provide different illuminations of the original, virtually at the touch of a button, standardized and thus reproducible.

Achieving such consistent and reproducible qualities cheaply and quickly by photographing is not possible in larger formats, such as A0. On the Cruse painting scanner, on the other hand, each image is scanned in repeatable quality in one scan pass with high precision and perfect lighting.

Oil paintings can be digitized in a deceptively realistic way

For textured originals, such as oil paintings or pasty paint applications, you can choose between normal "flat" scans or "texture scans" that reproduce the plasticity of the original.

The scan achieves this deceptively real plasticity through tiny yet clearly recognizable shadows that are virtually "scanned along" thanks to the special illumination. This makes it possible to produce results that look real to the touch, precisely because of the structures.

Depending on the size, selected lighting and resolution, scanning a painting can take between ten minutes and two hours. The standard resolution is 300 dpi. A maximum of 1,000 dpi is possible, but only in limited areas of the scan surface.

Depending on the size and material, we can scan originals larger than A0 in several individual parts and reassemble them perfectly afterwards. The maximum size here is 160 x 120 cm, scannable in 4 parts, as an overlap of up to 20% is required for the individual partial scans. Please ask us about this.