Contex Apeiron Tips & Guidelines

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Moving the table

Move the table to the most optimal position to place, align, or remove your original, or as part of adjusting the focus plane.

Adjusting focus plane

HD Apeiron/42 has a focus depth of +/- 10 mm and will scan in focus, provided that the plane is adjusted correctly. The focus plane can be set to any position between the table surface and 5.1 inches/130 mm above it.


Lamp lever positions

The four possible combinations of lamp positions offer different angles of lighting. Depending on the surface of the original and any added 3D effect, various lamp positions can produce different highlight and shadow results.


The three included presets represent the most common combination of settings and can be used as starting points to make your own.

Closed loop calibration (CLC)

HD Apeiron/42 includes a closed loop calibration (CLC) wizard which creates a perfect match between the scanner and a large format printer. This will create the best possible color matched copy of your original.

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Saving a scan in multiple versions

You can save the same scan in multiple versions after changes in the settings. This will save time and ensure that the saved images are exact ‘copies’ of the scan.

Align and crop

Use the align option on originals that were not aligned with the print line on the table during scanning. Use crop if the input size was incorrect, or if your original needs cropping for other reasons.

Quality: Multiple exposures

Scanning with the quality option enabled significantly reduces image noise and ensures more accurate colors. This is crucial for complying with various image guidelines and standards.

3D effect

With the 3D effect enabled, all the small differences and variations in the original’s surface will stand out, making a copy look more interesting and lifelike.

Leveling originals

Some originals are not automatically leveled when placed on the table. An example of this could be a hook in the frame of a painting making it tilt. However, when scanning, the surface should be as leveled as possible.

Aligning originals

Arrange your original on the table exactly as you wish it to be displayed. For most artworks the top of your original should align with the printed gray square on the table, which also marks the maximum scan area.  

About bumps and temperature

What to do if you accidentally leaned on or bumped into HD Apeiron/42, and then see that your scans are not like you expected.


If HD Apeiron/42 seems to perform below expectations, this issue may be resolved through calibration.

Table alignment

If the angle between the rail and the scan module is not correct, then every scanned line will be slightly angled relative to the original, leading to scanning result that may not meet expectations. Aligning the table ensures that the table rail is perpendicular to the scan module.

Small originals

The five lasers mark the overlap of the six cameras. By placing your original between the lasers, there is no need for the software to stitch two adjacent cameras. This ensures an absolute optimal scan.

Difference in surface height

Scanning originals that span multiple cameras requires stitching, and it is important that the greatest variations in surface elevation are not located along the stitching lines during scanning.