There are cases where you want to remove the paper texture when you scan. An often mentioned technique is to do two scans, rotating the paper 180° between the two. Then in an image editor you load both images, rotate one 180° so that they overlap again, and take advantage of the different shadows to remove them ("Lighten only" mode or else).
At least, this is the theory. But if I try this on my Epson V200 the two picture don't overlap. If I scan a detached sheet of squared paper, vertical lines (in portrait mode) are shifted, and I cannot have them all overlap across the paper: if they overlap around the center, they won't on the edges, and vice-versa, and there is about as much as 1mm of discrepancy across an A4 sheet. On the other hand horizontal lines can be made to overlap across the whole height of the paper.
For instance this is the difference between the upright scan and the rotated scan (rotated again in the editor), if I optimize the overlap on the edges:
And this is the same if I optimize the overlap at the center:
(The small white arrows point at the lines from the rotated scan)
In other words at 6OOPPI the center line is about 15px to the side, so if I overlap with the rotated picture there is a 30px discrepancy.
In addition I find that the horizontal resolution is about 610PPI (vertical is 599.6).
Any clues for the cause of the problem?
- Common problem with home-grade scanner (actually, seems to be inherent to CCD scanners?)
- Scanner is old technology
- Scanner is old, period
- Scanner is broken/out of specs
My surprise is that the scan head transport (timing belt/stepper motor) is still accurate, but whatever happens in the scanning head (I thought there were no moving parts there, according to this answer is not. Some web pages I have come across mention in passing that the scanner could be re-calibrated?