Reproductions of original works of art have played a major role in the existence and growth of the graphic arts over the centuries. The one concept that has not changed over time is the difficulty in reproducing art that is true to the original. Using a high-end scanning system is one known method that is able to achieve high quality reproductions. However, it has several limitations. The purpose of this research was to verify that a digital camera system combined with color separation software can be used as an alternative technique to create facsimile reproductions of art. Five pieces of original artwork representing a variety of media were reproduced with the high-end system and were photographed using the Dicomed digital camera system. The two sets of reproductions were compared to the original. The comparison was in how well they matched the original. Utilizing three standard testing procedures, there was no significant difference between the two reproduction methods. With the introduction of digital photography into the publishing environment; prepress professionals would require the skills of the photographer. Also, photographers are fur ther exposed to the traditional separation skill of the scanner operator; obscuring the distinction between photographer and prepress professional. A goal of the printing industry is to eliminate unnecessary steps in the process; ie, graphic arts films being replaced by computer-to-plate systems. With this goal in mind, it makes perfect sense to eliminate unnecessary steps in capturing the original image; ie, using a digital camera system

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Digital cameras; Art--Reproduction--Digital techniques; Photography of art

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School of Print Media (CIAS)


Noga, Joseph

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Rea, Douglas

Advisor/Committee Member

Compton, John


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: TR256 .G544 1996


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