Cruse Fine Art Scanner

A quality print of an original starts with a good Cruse Fine Art Scan.

Feel free to contact us 036-536 88 75

Cruse Scanner

Would you like your works of art to be collected? For a consideration we can collect and return them for you.

The Cruse Scanner, the best system worldwide for digitising originals, is indispensable in digitising your masterworks. The quality of a good print is largely determined by the way in which the original is digitised. Unfortunately it is our experience that many artists do not have good photos made of their paintings or works of art. Only when high-grade visual material is required for a publication or reproduction, for instance, do people arrive at the conclusion that the photo which they themselves have made of the work of art is of inadequate quality. For many years now Re-Art has proven with this scanner that a perfect picture or scan of an art work does not need to be expensive.

We deliver the very best quality in the digitisation of art and boast 25 years of experience in photographing paintings, in reproduction photography and lithography. We work with the world’s best system for digitisation of original art works, namely the Cruse Synchron Table Scanner. This has been a truly conscious choice for Re-Art, and the great museums in the world, including our own Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, also use this system. We dare to accept any competition in the field of digitisation. To prove that this scanner is the best option, you can always have a proof made without obligation, so that you have a good comparison with your current photo.

Cruse Synchron Table Scanner


A digital full-size file

No glare

Up to 150 x 250 cm in one run

It is possible to photograph through glass

Everything up to 150 × 250 cm on at least 300 dpi

The Cruse Synchron Table Scanner is the highest standard there is for the digitisation of paintings, graphic work, watercolours, pen drawings, etchings, antiquarian books/artefacts, maps/sea charts, panels, etc., but also for objects such as wall tapestries, carpets, tiles, laminate and much more. This scanner enables us to make combination scans so that you can save a lot of money. This is impossible with other systems!

The Cruse Synchron Table Scanner attains a much higher quality of digitisation than mobile studio cameras with scanback backwall systems and separate lighting. With every other system there are invariably problems with reflections and illumination of the painting. The Cruse Synchron Table scanner surpasses every system, because every square millimetre of the original gets exactly the same exposure. This cannot possibly be achieved by means of separately arranged studio lamps. The resolution of a backwall is not an issue here.

Proper lighting under a low angle is and remains necessary for catching the depth in a painting. With oil paintings in particular the result can be quite disappointing through the effect of the prism, let alone capturing the illumination of gold or silver. All other systems fall entirely flat there. In practice, the even illumination of the whole painting poses a huge problem for many photographers. Light gradations, unwanted glare or a lack of depth: the Cruse Synchron Table Scanner easily tackles all of these problems!

Each original is different, and requires another approach and scanning technique to obtain the optimum result. An oil painting responds quite differently from an acrylic painting, so it needs another exposure. An oil painting containing many transparent layers can sometimes be very unpredictable when being photographed, due to the refraction of light through the layers, so that another colour spectrum is generated. We do not only photograph your art work, we look at the original through the eyes of the artist. We assess how an original is built up and in what way the artist paints, in order thus to make the perfect scan.

Why is the scanner a gain in value for you?

The exposure can be attuned fully ‘customized’ in scanning originals with some surface structure, such as originals in oil paint. This allows us to accentuate the structure and texture of the original in the desired manner. This yields an enormous maximum definition extending fully into the edges. A 100% parallel position with respect to the original is warranted through fully corrected, optimised precision repro-objectives, and a continuously straight scanning line between the CCD and the original. Even exposure is guaranteed through computerised photometry and lighting corrections. This implies no more loss of light towards the corners, and no edge distortion!

Scanning through glass is possible

It is possible to scan several works at once by means of combination scans. What this means: no more disturbing reflections in photos of your oil paintings, no visible film grain in the picture, no more visible dust particles from the slide or the scanner in the print that were not present on the original! Vulnerable originals, including large-sized ones, can be simply laid down, without in any way being in touch with a glass support or support of another material, so they are digitised in a quality which was unattainable so far.


Originals up to 150 x 250 cm can be scanned in one run, up to a file format of no less than 1 GB when the CCD is fully utilised. Larger originals up to 2 x 3 metres are scanned in 2 or 4 runs and are seamlessly assembled by means of software.


The patented synchronous lighting system only illuminates a narrow strip of the original while the original moves in sync with the scanning line of the scanner above. As a result, the original is exposed perfectly evenly. Special lamps are used that emit hardly any heat – cold cathode light tubes – so that all parts of the original are exposed only very briefly. Hence, there is no risk whatsoever of discoloration or other hazard for the original. The absolute top colour quality is guaranteed by means of a fully ICC-profiled colour management workflow.


The scanner is fitted with a fully autofocus system, which is set on the basis of the thickness of the original, so that any blur is excluded. Paintings do not need to be taken out of their frames because there is a minimal shadow edge. We also use a 150 x 250 cm vacuum table to keep all thinner originals flat.

Scanning slides, films, negatives & pictures

In today’s digital era, the scanning of slides occurs less and less frequently, and high-grade scanners are becoming a rarity. If you no longer have the original art work in your possession, but still have a large-size slide or possibly a negative, we can still scan these for you. We use the CREO/KODAK IQ Smart with its revolutionary XY stitch technology. This is still one of the most sophisticated flatbed scanners ever produced. Are you interested in our possibilities in the field of fine art reproduction and would you like to have more information about the Cruse Scanner, which can handle large scans? Feel free to contact us at the following telephone number: 036-5368875.