ARTWORK SCANNING AND DIGITAL CAPTURE

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ARTWORK SCANNING AND DIGITAL CAPTURE

As a fine art print studio, we work with artists who paint, illustrate, draw, and work in mixed mediums, sometimes in very large sizes. In our digital age, archiving and digitizing artwork for web use is as important as creating quality prints. Archival prints and giclees have the essence of your original artwork, with infinite potential for reproductions.

The first, and most important part of artwork reproduction/giclee printing is a high quality scan or digital capture of your original artwork.

What types of artwork can you scan?

We’ve scanned and captured many types of artwork up to 96″ wide – here’s just a sample of some:

  • Watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings 
  • Charcoal and pastel drawings
  • Mixed media historic documents
  • Maps
  • Glass plate negatives
  • Quilts and textiles

We can scan artworks with shiny and metallic surfaces too!

specialized artwork scanning

The image capture process begins in our “Scanning Cave” reduced-glare environment.  Using specially designed lighting, top-of-the-line cameras and scanners, and a tried and true cross-polarization process, we capture a high-resolution digital image of your work. 

Precision color matching

We use specialized color matching software for accuracy and efficiency. Since each artwork and medium (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.) has a unique range of colors and pigments, our custom setups offer high resolution and high accuracy.

superior results

The result is a faithful, print-ready file with the best possible match to your original.  To ensure quality, add a proof print on paper or canvas. We are happy to do further custom edits in case you need to improve upon the original.

Art Scanning Price List

  • Standard scan resolution = 100 megapixel file.
  • Costs are based on longest dimension of artwork.
  • We can capture oversize pieces up to 52" x 96" - contact us for a quote.
  • Note that we charge extra for metallics, iridescent paint and images with high relief as they take much more work. Once we see your work we can provide a more accurate estimate.
Artwork Size1 artwork2 - 10 pieces10+ piecesSame Day turnaroundMetallics/Iridescent 3D/high relief
Up to 8" x 12"$35.00$28.00$24.50Add 100%As quoted
up to 12" x 18"$50.00$40.00$35.00Add 100%As quoted
Up to 24" x 36"$75.00$60.00$52.50Add 100%As quoted
Up to 40" x 60"$120.00$96.00$84.00Add 100%As quoted
OversizeContact for Quote Contact for Quote Contact for Quote Add 100%As quoted
  • 400 megapixel capture - highest resolution for archival purposes and large prints.
  • Costs are based on longest dimension of artwork.
  • We can capture oversize pieces up to 52" x 96" - contact us for a quote.
  • Note that we charge extra for metallics, iridescent paint and images with high relief as they take much more work. Once we see your work we can provide a more accurate estimate.
Artwork Size1 artwork2 - 10 pieces10+ piecesSame Day turnaroundMetallics/Iridescent 3D/high relief
Up to 8" x 12"$60$53.00$49.50Add 100%As quoted
up to 12" x 18"$75$65.00$60.00Add 100%As quoted
Up to 24" x 36"$110$85.00$77.50Add 100%As quoted
Up to 40" x 60"$155$120.00$109.00Add 100%As quoted
OversizeContact for Quote Contact for Quote Contact for Quote Add 100%As quoted
  • Choose this if you need a high quality image for Web/Screen use only. If you anticipate needing to print your artwork, order our Standard or XL scan.
  • Includes 8 bit 20 megabyte jpeg file for web/screen use.
Artwork sizeCostNotesSame Day turnaround
Up to 30x40"$25/image3 image minimumAdd 100%

Some frequently asked questions about artwork scanning

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Turnaround times

7 business days for scanning/capture, file setup, and preparation of test print. After test prints are approved, we generally require 4 business days for prints on paper, and 2 weeks for prints on canvas.

While we always try to accommodate your specific project requirements, turnaround may vary due to workload in house.

Larger projects may require 1-3 weeks turnaround, depending on the scope of the project.

Do you do rush orders, or "scan while you wait" services?

We offer 2-day rush orders for scanning if our workload allows it. Add 50% to the costs listed.

Same-day rush capture service may be available depending on projects in house. Add 100% to the costs listed above for capture fees. Please call 510-227-8334 for scheduling.

 

Scanning or Digital Capture - What's the Difference?

Both methods create digital files of your artwork. Larger paintings, or those with textured brushstrokes, metallic paints, and/or glossy surfaces must be digitally captured using our capture system with up to 400 megapixels of resolutiom. We use a suite of color matching software for best possible color match to the pigments of your originals. Our optimized lighting enhances brushstrokes and fine details. Cross polarization is used to eliminate or control reflections. All in all, it’s a finely tuned system that records the subtle hues, delicate details, and color fidelity of your original artwork.

Why do metallics cost more to capture?

Artwork with metallics and iridescents can require multiple scans and extra editing time to properly capture the range of detail.

What IS the maximum size you can scan?

The largest painting we’ve captured to date was 52″ x 96. The medium was charcoal and pastel on Arches paper.

What about shiny originals and framed pieces?

We handle metallics and other shiny materials with a custom lighting setup and filters that reduce or eliminate glare. Additionally, this lets us scan most framed pieces without needing to remove the frame (or glass).Additional charges may apply for additional editing time on these pieces.

Can I bring my own scans or files?

We can work from your own scans or digital captures, provided their quality and resolution is suitable for printing. Imaging, correction, and color matching is $125/hr, billed in 1/4 hour increments. Proof prints are $20. If you have copy slides of your artwork, you’ll need to order a drum scan in addition to the setup fees listed here.

Can I send you my originals for scanning?

Yes! Please click here for our artwork scanning form and imaging agreement. You’ll need to fill these out and submit them with your artworks.

Can you come to my studio and scan my paintings?

Contact us for offsite day rates in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Want us to scan your art? Download our Artwork Scanning form and ship it with your artwork, or make an appointment to drop off artwork during studio hours.