Scanning Oversized Images

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Oct 10, 2005
Adobe Photoshop CS2; Windows XP SP2; 1 GB RAM; 75 GB Disk. I’m new to this and would appreciate help steering me in the right direction.

My problem is this. I have a large format scanner (Epson 10000XL, 2400×4800 dpi, 48 bit color, 12×17" document size), but need to scan original art work that is larger, so I need to scan it in segments. I’m scanning using Photoshop CS2 with the plug in for the scanner.

My question is: Can I use Photoshop CS2 to merge the segments into one seamless document, for subsequent printing on a high resolution wide format printer (Epson Stylus Pro 10600)? What tools can I use to align and fit together the segments.

It seems like working with layers might be the way to do this, but I’m not sure how to do this. I can’t find any reference to this in the Adobe documentation.

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Oct 10, 2005
File > Automate > Photomerge is how to do this within Photoshop. There may be better tools for your purpose, however. Check out PTgui and PTassembler.
Art Campbell
Oct 10, 2005
Well, the short answer is "yes," you can do it.

Each scan will probably be into a separate file. Open the component files; create a new file the finished size of the artwork; then in each component, Select All (Ctrl+A), Copy, and paste into the target file.

Each component automatically goes to its own layer, which can be positioned independently.

If you were going to do a lot of this kind of work though, as you would if you had a studio full of paintings… I’d think about having a shop that has a large flatbed scanner do the work, unless you have a fair amount of time on your hands. A few would be managable, I think, but producing a lot of them would get old pretty quickly, I think.

Unless you already have an industrial strength computer with lots of RAM and hard drive space, you’re going to be looking at some resource issues too, I think, especially if you are scanning at really high rez and bit depth.

Oct 11, 2005
Art, Michael

Thank you both very much. I think this will let me get there.

Gabe Salzman
Oct 12, 2005

PanaVue’s Image Assembler <> is a third party program with a lot of capability in this area.

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