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Hello, anyone who might be reading (I appreciate you taking the time to do so). I find myself in something of a dilemma, and I wondered if anyone might be able to make some recommendations.
My trouble is with converting my traditional art (that is to say art created on a physical surface using physical tools) into digital formats (e.g. for the purpose of reproducing it or posting it online).
I do own a scanner (EDIT: Lexmark X1150 -- I know, I should stab myself for having bought it in the first place, but I've had it for years), unfortunately I find it unsuitable for scanning most of my art, as it is terrible with contrast (only the most extreme tones are registered; for example, an image containing black, white, and gray would be recognized as an image containing only black and white). In addition to this problem with contrast, certain colors (particularly those containing copious amounts of blue) always appear blown-out or extremely bright, and all colors tend to be converted to cooler (as in color-temperature) near-misses. These and a host of other issues make it impossible to reproduce my art with any accuracy (and scanning pencil images is completely out of the question).
The scanner in question has very few parameters that can be adjusted to alter the resulting image, so that the scan would require so many digital enhancements that it would effectively become a digital work (which is not my goal).
So, I am writing in the hopes that someone might recommend a scanner that is able to *effectively* digitize their art without losing the integrity of the original piece (and that no one will be agitated by my overuse of parenthetical elaborations).
Thank you in advance for any and all suggestions!
I should mention also that 14x17 inches is as small as my typical art gets, so ideally the scanner would be large enough to accommodate large-format pieces.