Crowley was selected because of their advanced photo-digitizing solutions, long history of providing quality workmanship in a high-volume scanning environment and their expertise with the handling of digital imagery and numerous types of analog photographic media.

- Andy Blau, President, LIFE inc.

Graphic Arts Scanning and Conversion

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Graphic Arts ScanningCrowley Imaging provides high-quality film and reflective print reformatting services for the digitization and archiving of large volume photographic collections. With decades of experience, Crowley’s digitizing services represent the largest photographic film and print scanning capabilities in the industry with throughput capacities of thousands of images per day.

Crowley Imaging can convert from:

  • Black and white photographs
  • Color photographs
  • 35mm and 120mm film, negatives and slides
  • 4×5” through 8×10” films and reflective prints
  • Line art up to 34×48” in size
  • Glass plates
  • Daguerreotypes
  • Tintypes
  • Ambrotypes

Crowley Imaging utilizes a wide variety of commercial and custom equipment, including Durst Sigma Series scanners, Epson and Widetek flatbed scanners and custom Digital Transitions and other brand name overhead digital camera systems. Depending on the original medium, equipment is often modified by Crowley’s in-house engineering team in order to produce optimal results for both efficiency and image quality – all to provide the best value for end-product. One such example occurred during the digitization of nearly 10 million photographic images for the Life Photo Archive.

A custom workflow application allows Crowley to track multiple media types throughout the check-in, preparation, scanning, metadata entry and quality control processes – essential to collections that contain various formats of media. Clients find that Crowley’s total conversion solution produces results worthy of the original collection.

System Implementation

The Crowley programming staff has proven experience in managing data conversions. This expertise allows for final output integration into the wide array of document management solutions on the market today or into a custom solution engineered for a specific business application. Whether the needs are internal, external or for web distribution, Crowley Imaging has the capabilities to provide the needed solution to integrate digitized images into a workflow.

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