Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by devro, Sep 14, 2004.

  1. devro macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2004
    hey guys. im doing graphic design at uni and i need to get a scanner which can transfer my sketchbook work onto photoshop. so basically i need to know which scanner is the best for a budget of £200? any suggestions on resolution which will give me identical copies of graphics?

    thanks very much. replies greatfully accepted!! huw
  2. Dreadnought macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2002
    Almere, The Netherlands
    A simple canon will do. Has a plug in for photoshop, so you can scan your things right into photoshop. works great and canons are very coloraccurate.
  3. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Epson have an excellent reputation for producing good domestic/semi-pro scanners.

    We like our 4870 Photo Perfection... more like £290 but as you're in the UK try for lower spec models -- most of them come with Photoshop Elements which is a bonus if you can't afford Photoshop.

    Naturally, they come with the necessary TWAIN plug-ins for Photoshop...
  4. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    I have an older Canon personally (mainly because, since I rarely scan, the thin design was as important as great image quality), but I was just reading through some reviews, and as usual it looks like Epson is the leader of the pack when it comes to quality. Canon has a MUCH better driver for their scanners, but if quality is most important, I'd probably get an Epson.

    The Epson Perfection 2480 seems to be a decent scanner on the cheap (does transparencies, too), or you can go up to the 3170 if you want to spend about twice as much for higher resolution and increased bit depth.

    If you prefer a better software package, I don't think you'd really go wrong with a Canon, either. Be warned that the little thin ones (Lide 80 and co) use a different technology and don't produce the quality scans of their fatter models, but they're not terrible and they get their power from the USB port, which is pretty convienent.

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