The recent scanner discussion triggered a question I had as I was looking for an oversize scanner that would give me 11 x 17 in or so but then I ran into a difficulty that is specific for my images. I am scanning illustrations from old children’s books, some with plates and a variety of surfaces. The main problem I have had is with gilded images that have reflective paint on them. These are not imaged correctly by scanners, which tend to show the gilded parts as black.
I was wondering if I should be looking more at a photocopy setup with a camera and side lights to take pictures of the images (though having a large setup like that would present its own issues for me) or if someone knows of another way of capturing these images. As most images do not have the gild, I could get by with an oversize dedicated scanner (my Canon scanner is only letter sized and many books are larger than that) and I do not want to be chopping and pasting the image together.