Scanning Services

Fine Art Scanning Services

I offer Fine Art Scanning Services to artists who wish to outsource it:

I use an Epson Expression 12000XL professional graphic arts A3 flatbed scanner and Silverlight scanning software.

Media scanned:
I am able to scan any type of flat faced two dimensional original, at almost any size, in any medium, whether flexible or rigid, to include loose canvas, stretched canvas, wood, board, paper, card, glass, slate, etc. Even delicate pastels, pencil sketches and chalk drawings. For artwork larger than A3 in size, I scan multiple A3 segments and seamlessly stitch them together using Adobe Photoshop professional graphics editing software to produce a perfect single scan file.
The artwork will be scanned as received. I can clean or edit minor blemishes using Photoshop if required.

I scan at the resolutions shown and at 48 bit colour. This is much greater than the 300dpi as required by most Publishers, Licensors and it allows prints to be made at 300dpi which are larger than the original.

I save the scan in an uncompressed tif format that allows future editing of the image file. I also create an uncompressed jpg file at the same high resolution for publishing, in addition to a medium resolution jpg format file for online print on demand publishing and a low resolution jpg format file for websites, social media and email use.

Delivery and transportation:
The original unframed artwork should be delivered to and collected from myself, suitably packed and protected from damage during transportation. My preference is for the artwork to be unframed and to deliver and collect in person, though via a courier service is acceptable and I can organize this via my contracted courier DHL or Parcel Force by prior arrangement and at an additional cost.

The original artwork should be fully insured against accidental damage during transportation and whilst being scanned. I do not provide insurance cover for the artwork of others.

I take care to create a perfect image of the original artwork, cropping the edges using Adobe Photoshop software. Additional minor editing to seamlessly remove blemishes that are on the original but are not required on the scan is also possible upon request, such as to remove the appearance of cracks, scratches or minor damage.
Each scan is individually made, QC examined and passed by myself to verify its quality.

Copyright remains with the owner and is not transferred in any way by this service. I do not assume or accept copyright and I do not accept any responsibility for any infringement by anyone availing this service.

I need a flash drive, memory card or similar to be provided with the original artwork for storage of the scan files or I can provide one at an additional cost. I don’t keep copies of the scan files of other artists, though I store scans of all of my own originals on my desktop computer’s hard drive and a backup drive in another location, just in case of a major disaster in one!

Scanning usually takes a few days, depending upon my schedule. Contact me and I will advise the best schedule I can realistically achieve.

The price per scan is as shown in the table below. Volume discounts are available:

  • 5 or more scans = 10% discount
  • 10 or more scans = 20% discount

CONTACT me to discuss your requirements, arrange payment and delivery.

Scanning Service Price List
Scanning Service Price List

Below is a computer screen shot from a scan of my painting – ARABIAN KNIGHTS. The original painting is 122cm x 91cm and I scanned it at 600dpi. The high resolution scan file is 25,600 pixels wide and 491 megapixels in size. I’ve zoomed in to an area that’s just 2% of the original to show the level of detail and the quality of the scan. Select the image to open it and see. You can see the 3 dimensional buttery texture of the paint strokes in perfect clarity.

For comparison, a high spec camera is approx. 20 megapixels. Whilst this may sound reasonable, the pixels are blurred because the lens is so small. There’s a huge difference and if you zoom into a photo taken by a mobile camera or even a high spec digital SLR camera, you will see what I mean. The lens of a mobile camera is around 10mm², a high spec SLR is around 10cm² and my scanner lens is 1,247cm². In summary, my scan files are typically 25 times the size of a high spec SLR and my scanner lens is around 125 times the size. So, a scan file has around 25 times the pixels and those pixels are around 125 times clearer. Also, the colour, tone and contrast of the scan file is absolutely perfect as the lighting is extremely bright, white and uniform, unlike that in a room when taking a photograph. There’s also no camera shake with a flatbed scanner.

The downside is that my scanner cost several thousand £, around 10 times that of a high spec SLR and requires a high spec computer to operate it. Forgive me for being a little technical, but that’s my engineering background!

So why does anyone need such high quality images of their artwork?

The answer is simple = Publishing and licensing, to earn a passive income long after the original artwork has sold. Also to attract galleries and buyers with better quality images.

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