There are two different types of originals: Reflective and
Transparent art. Some scanners can handle both types while others do one or
the other. Transparency adapters can usually be purchased separately to add
to a regular reflective scanner.
- Reflective Art: Reflective art refers to images that are physical
objects such as photographs, drawings, paintings, objects, etc. The scanner
captures the light as it is reflected off the original.
- Transparent Art: Transparent art refers to images such as slides,
transparencies, negative and positive film, etc. The scanner captures the
light as it passes through the original.