For any artists needing or wanting photorealistic reproductions of natural and/or manufactured surfaces (like wood, stone, leather, tiles, textiles, wallcoverings, laminates, counters etc...) there is a scanner manufactured by the Metis company that has the ability to very accurately capture precise color and an in-register texture map and specular map. I've attached examples we imported in into 3DS MAX.
We just picked up this scanner as a dealer for north america and would like to get the word out on this capability. So if you have some originals you want captured and converted to a format you can import into your software we would be happy to do it at no charge to get your feedback.
What do you think?