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Calibrating Scanners with Peg Bars

Autofed and manually pegged drawings must register against each other if you intend to use both scanning methods. Therefore, you must calibrate the scanner so that it can register the peg holes accurately using the peg bar.

Before you perform this procedure, you will need the following materials:

  • An ultra-thin peg bar. Suggestion: Audio-Visual Stainless Steel Pegbar (catalog number AP105)
  • Accurate ACME standard registration
  • 3-peg, single-field length (0.05" x 1.5" x 12.0") (1.27mm x 38 mm x 304.7mm)
  • Low brass pegs (1/16" in height) (1.58 mm in height)
  • Lightweight sprung stainless steel base
  • Ideal for work requiring exposure on a process camera, print down frame or scanning bed

This is obtainable from Chromacolour International

  • A drawing with field size and peg hole locations identical to the type you intend to scan.

Instead of using a drawing of a character or object, you may find it helpful to create a test "drawing" by placing a sheet of drawing paper over a field chart and tracing several heavy line segments from the field chart.

For more accurate calibration, draw lines from the centre to the edges of the paper. This will give more reference points at various locations on the paper. For example, trace over the centre X and several corners of the fields from the centre out towards the edges of the field chart. Then peg and autofeed the test drawing as described in the following procedure.

Before calibrating the scanner:

  • Create a small scene in Harmony using the test drawing.
  • Using Control Center, create a job that has one scene.
  • Using Harmony, create an exposure sheet for the job that has two drawing columns (one for the drawing you will autofeed and one for the drawing you will manually peg before scanning).