Imaging Industry Leader Launches A Unique Large-Format Scanning Service

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Got a collection of vintage movie posters you need scanned? How about some paintings, or maybe an antique architectural rendering? Who are you going to call? (Hint: Ghostbusters isn’t going to help you… and neither is your local photo lab or service bureau.) is a new service with a laser-focus on one thing: making the best scans of large originals, flat art or film, and they have the equipment to do it right.

You need to use the right tool for the job, and that’s the Cruse Synchron system for reflective work, and the Kodak iQsmart3 scanner for film..."

-John Lorusso
(founder, TheBigScan)

“We created to provide a service that simply doesn’t exist: making the safest, highest quality scans of large originals,” says John Lorusso, president of Parrot Digigraphic, LTD., the parent company of You need to use the right tool for the job, and that’s the Cruse Synchron system for reflective work, and the Kodak iQsmart3 scanner for film, and we’re the only people who have this equipment, know how to get the most from it, and make the service available to the public.”

When faced with oversized originals, most labs and service bureaus will either use a digital camera and a copy stand to photograph them, a large flatbed with stitching software, or one of the so-called “large-format document scanners” designed for scanning technical documents and maps for low-fidelity presentation purposes. None of these solutions provide a true high-quality scan, and, in the case of the map and architectural drawing scanners, often cause serious damage to valuable originals. They just can’t compete what the folks at are running.

The core of the equipment at is the Cruse Synchron system - long the favorite of museums, archives, publishers, government agencies and libraries for getting the absolute best resolution and color fidelity safely from irreplaceable originals – and now, through, available to artists, collectors, galleries as well as historical societies, architects and small museums.

“We can scan literally anything…” said Ted Dillard, Imaging Services Manager at, “… from vintage posters to maps and charts, to textiles, wallpaper, collage work, and even 3 dimensional pieces that require huge depth of field like pinball playtables. We’ve even scanned body art – on a full-figure, live body.”

“Besides the ability to scan large work, up to 48” x 72” in one pass, we have almost unlimited control over the lighting. I look at it more as if I’m taking a photograph than making a scan, honestly… We can enhance the texture of a piece, as in a painting with a strong brush stroke, or we can minimize it, as with a damaged, historical piece. It’s like no other capture system I’ve ever worked with”, Dillard, a 25-year veteran commercial photographer continues.

At a 48” x 72” single-pass capture, the ability to do high-quality multi-pass scanning for even larger originals, and a high resolution, high DMAX film scanning capability of 12” x 18”, “” seems a fitting title.

Because’s pricing is in line with typical service bureau prices, they attract corporate, education and government clients, independent artists and individuals as well as providing support for the trade: Giclée printers, labs and service bureaus who want to give their customers a higher-quality scan than their own equipment can provide. Their clients include the Boston Museum of Fine Art, The Peabody Essex Museum, The MIT Museum, Museum Design Associates and many small galleries, printmakers and fine artists all over the US.

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For detailed information on the Cruse Synchron system, see this page:
For some examples of work TheBigScan has done, see:
About and Parrot Digigraphic, LTD.: was launched to provide full-service large format scanning to the reprographics trade, the fine-art community and the public with the highest quality available.

Founded in 1996, Parrot Digigraphic, Ltd. is the acknowledged industry leader in the highest quality imaging supplies, consulting services and support. Parrot’s technology, service and products come from decades of experience working with the best equipment and the most knowledgeable talent in the imaging industry.

Parrot serves the complete needs of digital fine art and photographic printmakers with hardware for image acquisition, management and output; color management software; integration and support services; as well as a full line of paper and inks suited to very demanding criteria. Parrot Digigraphic numbers among its customers some of the world’s most prestigious digital fine art printers, publishers, photographers, artists, galleries, museums, government agencies and corporations.

Contact information:

John Lorusso, President, Parrot Digigraphic, LTD.: john(at)parrotcolor(dot)com
877-727-7682 x225

Ted Dillard, Imaging Services Manager: ted(at)thebigscan(dot)com
877-727-7682 x223

c/o Parrot Digigraphic, LTD.
630 Boston Road
Billerica, MA. 01821


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