ARTWORK SCANNING AND DIGITAL CAPTURE
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
- 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 (ColorPony) for accuracy and efficiency. Since each artwork and medium (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.) has a unique range of colors and pigments, ColorPony lets us profile the specific colors in each artwork, instead of relying on pre-made color charts.
All art capture packages include
High resolution scanning
Digital capture or scanning of your original artwork (300dpi @ the size of the original artwork). Work can generally be printed 2 -3x larger than the original artwork due to scan quality.
File prep and proofing
Color correction and file setup to match your original artwork as close as possible, one 8″ x 10″ proof print. Additional rounds of proofing and test prints are $20 each.
We review the proofs with you to ensure they meet your satisfaction prior to printing your final images and make necessary adjustments to the file.
Easy print ordering
Easily order and re-order prints from your scanned artwork through our website for edition prints, print sales and order fulfillment.
Some frequently asked questions about artwork scanning
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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 stretched canvas.
While we always try to accommodate your specific project requirements, turnaround may vary due to workload in house.
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. We use a suite of color matching software for best possible color match to the pigments of your originals. With our North Light HID copylights we create optimized lighting to enhance brushstrokes and fine details. Cross polarization is used to eliminate or control reflections. For small originals (up to 12″x18″) on paper, we get the sharpest and smoothest results from our oversize flatbed scanner. All in all, it’s a finely tuned system that records the subtle hues, delicate details, and color fidelity of your original artwork.
What 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).
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.