Fine Art Scanning Services for Artists

I offer an extremely high resolution, fine art scanning services for artists who don’t have the equipment, capability or time to undertake it themselves and I’ve been scanning artwork since 2003.

I use an Epson 12000XL flatbed professional graphics scanner at an extremely high resolution up to 1,200 dpi and 48bit colour. This ensures accurate colour, tone and contrast at 30 times higher resolution and 125 times greater clarity than a typical 20 megapixel digital SLR camera for example. For larger originals, I scan in multiple segments and seamlessly stitch them together into a single layer free image.

An accurate, high definition and high quality scan image:

  • Will help to sell the original, and at a higher price
  • Lasts forever and will earn revenue long after the original has sold
  • Will enable printing at any size, up to 16 times that of the original at the publishing industry standard 300dpi resolution
  • Is simply THE best way to earn lucrative passive income from artwork
  • The cost can be recovered from the sale of just one print
  • I sell literally thousands of prints of my own artwork Worldwide, and I will help you to do the same…

Don’t be fooled – A scan of a photograph, even a 5″ x 4″ transparency, doesn’t compare, and ‘upscaling’ a 72dpi image to 300dpi only increases the blurred pixels as definition simply cannot be created from nowhere!

In creating the scan tiles, I invisibly edit out minor blemishes and am able to edit out certain major blemishes upon request.

For each scan, I create 4 files by default:

  • High resolution TIF (Up to 4GB / 30,000 pixels) for the most demanding publishers
  • High resolution JPG (Up to 600MB / 30,000 pixels) for regular publishers
  • Medium resolution JPG – Compressed (Up to 50MB / 10,000 pixels) for licensing & print on demand
  • Low resolution JPG – Compressed (Up to 2MB / 1,000 pixels) for marketing & social media

For large orders and regular customers, I provide guidance how to securely store, edit and use the scans to maximise income.

In order to scan the original artwork, it needs to either be hand delivered to myself or securely packaged and posted along with a storage device for the image files. I can also provide a flash drive upon request for a small fee. I will return the original artwork immediately upon completion.

Scanning typically takes one to two days for which copyright remains with the artist at all times, the scan files do not leave my office and are deleted from my computer upon completion.

I can also produce high resolution prints of the scans. See Printing Services

Contact me to discuss your requirements…

A technical comparison between a scan and a high quality photograph

Break Free - Arabian Horse
Break Free – Arabian Horse – Low resolution image taken from the scan file

Above is the whole image for reference, in low resolution at 1,000 pixels wide.

This is the resolution that I use on my website, social media and in marketing emails. Although it’s only 1,000 pixels wide, it’s actually better quality than a photograph as there’s no distortion, the pixels are clear and 100% accurate in colour, tone and contrast.

Break Free - Arabian Horse - cropped high resolution file
Break Free – Arabian Horse – cropped high resolution image
Break Free high resolution photo = 20 MP camera
Break Free high resolution photo = 20 MP camera

Above is a full size high resolution photograph taken using a high specification 20 megapixel digital camera. The resolution 5,480 x 3,655 pixels.

Note the colour, tone and contrast inaccuracy and distortion across the image.

At the publishing industry standard 300dpi resolution, this photograph can be printed at 12.2″ x 18.3″ (46.4cm x 30.9cm). That’s A3, which appears quite large, but see how blurred the image is! High resolution is meaningless if the pixels are blurred. In reality, it will still appear blurred at A4 size and would not be of an acceptable quality.

On the left is a small section (Just 12%) of the high resolution scan image which is 5,550 x 13,270 pixels = 74MP.

I had to crop it because the full image is simply far too large to upload and be viewed, but this small section is enough to show the level of detail within the high resolution scan.

For reference, the original painting is 24″ x 36″ (61cm x 91.7cm) and I scanned it at 800dpi. The full size high resolution scanned image is 29,850 x 19,968 pixels = 596MB.

At the publishing industry standard 300dpi resolution, this high resolution scan can be printed at 99.5″ x 66.6″ (252.7cm x 169.1cm) That’s 4 times the size of A0!

The photograph is only 3.4% the resolution of the scanned image. Conversely, the scanned image is 29.8 times higher resolution than the photograph. Yet it’s 100’s of times clearer!

Select the image to open it, zoom in, and see the 3 dimensional buttery texture of the paint strokes in perfect clarity. The colours, tone and contrast are 100% accurate.

To summarise the comparison:

A typical high specification digital SLR camera is approximately 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 specification camera, you can see the difference.

The lens of a mobile camera is around 10mm², a high specification camera is around 10cm² and my scanner lens is 1,247cm². My scanner lens is 125 times larger than the size of a high specification camera and it’s flat, so there’s no distortion.

So, a scan file is 30 times higher resolution that the photograph and those pixels are around 125 times clearer.

Is such high resolution necessary? This is a good question and only if quality is important is the answer. That’s why I both scan and print at such a high resolution.

Further, the colour, tone and contrast of the scan file are 100% accurate as the lighting within the scanner is self contained, unaffected by its environment, extremely bright, white and uniform, unlike that in a room when taking a photograph. There’s also no camera shake with a flatbed scanner and there’s zero distortion. Have you ever tried taking a photograph of a rectangle and fitting it to the frame of the camera image?

The downside is that my scanner cost almost £4,000. Around 10 times that of a good camera. And my scanner requires a quad core i7 64bit desktop with 16GB of RAM, Silverlight and Photoshop 2021 software to operate it effectively. Forgive me for being a little technical, but that’s my engineering background and I’ve been scanning artwork since 2003…

R Young Art Fine Art Scanning Services Price List and Specifications