Fine Art Scanning

We use artwork scanning as the first step to produce high-quality giclée prints. We focus on making accurate, fully color-managed, high-resolution scans from a wide range of source materials.

How to order artwork scanning

  • Select the size of artwork to be scanned
  • Select the resolution
  • Select if you need a proof print of your scan
  • Proceed to the checkout and make the payment
  • Send us your art or visit our shop

All artwork for scaning to be shipped to:

Printpoint

Unit 1, Stonebridge business park

Ballysimon Road

Limerick

V94KT32

Ireland


  • See full details in the section How to order below
  • If you have questions read FAQ here
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We'll email you a postage label (if purchased) and instructions

packaging

Pack and mail your art or bring them to our store in Limerick

Professional artwork scanning service

We use artwork scanning as the first step to produce high-quality giclée prints. We focus on making accurate, fully color-managed, high-resolution scans from a wide range of source materials. Even if you don't plan to print your artwork right away, having a professional scan will ensure you have the optimal digital version for any future use.

We are a fine art print studio that works with artists using different mediums and sizes. In the digital age, archiving and digitizing art for online use is as important as making quality prints. Archival prints and giclees preserve the original artwork's essence, with unlimited reproduction possibilities.

This service is ideal for our giclée printing, canvas printing and photo printing services

Largest scan size

Largest scan size

The maximum size of 'reflective' original we can scan direct is roughly 24 x 36 inch. or 60 x 90cm

Perfectly sharp

Perfectly sharp

The sharpness of our scans is simply the best in class. Also, our aim is to perfect the sharpness so that the printed details in the prints are much the same as the original.

High-resolution

High-resolution

To preserve the quality of artwork, we scan it at 600dpi resolution, which is enough for reproducing it at twice its original size. However, if you need to enlarge your artwork more than that, we can also scan it at a higher resolution to meet your requirements.

Guaranteed results

Guaranteed results

We’re so confident that you will be happy with our scans that we can guarantee the results when combined with our fine art printing.

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What types of artwork can we scan?

We’ve scanned and captured many types of artwork up to 24 x 36 inch ″ wide – here’s just a sample of some:

  • Watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings
  • Charcoal and pastel drawings
  • Mixed media historic documents
  • Maps
  • Quilts and textiles
  • We can scan artworks with shiny and metallic surfaces too
Note 1

Note 1

Difficult to scan items, such as glossy or metallic paintings may produce 'irregular results'. We will strive to overcome these challenges but cannot guarantee perfect results.

Note 2

Note 2

Some really vibrant "fluorescent' colours cannot be reproduced - please be aware of this.! Colour matching 90-95%

Note 3

Note 3

Please ensure all pastel or similar paintings are 'fixed' before bringing them to us. Although we handle all artwork with care - we will not be held responsible for any smudges due to non-fixed artwork.

Note 4

Note 4

All files are tagged with Adobe RGB for a wide gamut and the best colour matching. Please use colour-managed software and profiled monitor to see the correct colours

Note 5

Note 5

Scan only unframed work.

Why Scan an Artwork Instead of photographing?

Scanning surpasses photography in preserving artwork quality. With scanning, you gain unmatched detail, superior resolution, and accurate color reproduction. Elevate your art digitization with the precision and authenticity that scanning brings to your creations.

  • Minimal Distortion:
  • Scanners provide consistent lighting across the entire artwork, eliminating shadows and unevenness.

  • Art Preservation:
  • Scanning is gentler on delicate artworks, reducing handling risks compared to photography.

  • Even Lighting:
  • Scanners provide consistent lighting across the entire artwork, eliminating shadows and unevenness.

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The result is a faithful, print-ready file with the best possible match to your original

Pricing options

Our service is for image makers to archive their work professionally and high-resolution files can be stored until reproduction is required.

  • Basic colour correction
  • Original size + output – 600dpi scan
  • File saved as uncompressed Adobe 98 RGB TIFFs (8Bit). Other colour spaces and formats available on request
  • Final scans are uploaded via Wetransfer
Scanned Size Price
Up to A2
A2+

The result is a faithful, print-ready file with the best possible match to your original

If you are an artist and wish to maximise your Artwork, having your original artwork scanned and re-created in Fine Art Print or Canvas is a great way to create an ongoing income.

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Stunningly detailed scans

Our new Widetek® Art Scanner creates stunningly detailed scans. Brush strokes, mixed media texturing, canvas weave and fine detail are captured with stunning detail and colour accuracy.

From fine art to tile to family photos, we capture your artwork in the highest fidelity. Whether it's a huge painting on our large format WideTek scanner, we generate the best possible digital image for your needs.

With the only WideTekScanner in Limerick, we serve artists all around Ireland. Creative professionals near and far rely on our fine art scanning services for truly outstanding image capture.

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Scan nearly anything

WideTEK® can scan nearly anything: from magazines, newspapers, maps, construction drawings, bound documents and more. Its most unique feature is the capability to capture 3D surfaces for industrial quality control and surface inspection applications. From Braille print on medication boxes to SMD parts on electronic boards, the superior image quality of the WideTEK 25 captures every detail.

WideTEK® the only wide format flatbed scanner which also captures 3D surfaces in a quality suitable for inspection and quality control but compact enough for your desktop. Professional quality, widest color gamut in the industry!

Widetek

WideTEK® Applications:

We’ve scanned and captured many types of artwork up to 24 x 36 inch ″ wide – here’s just a sample of some:

  • Watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings
  • Charcoal and pastel drawings
  • Mixed media historic documents
  • Maps
  • Quilts and textiles
  • We can scan artworks with shiny and metallic surfaces too

How to order artwork scanning via the post

If you are an artist and wish to maximise your Artwork, having your original artwork scanned and re-created in Fine Art Print or Canvas is a great way to create an ongoing income.

How to order artwork scanning

  • Select the size of artwork to be scanned
  • Select the resolution
  • Select if you need a proof print of your scan
  • Proceed to the checkout and make the payment
  • Send us your art or visit our shop

All artwork for scaning to be shipped to:

Printpoint

Unit 1, Stonebridge business park

Ballysimon Road

Limerick

V94KT32

Ireland


  • See full details in the section How to order below
  • If you have questions read FAQ here
message

We'll email you a postage label (if purchased) and instructions

packaging

Pack and mail your art or bring them to our store in Limerick

Step 1

Select the size of artwork to be scanned

Here is a simple way to check if your artwork size is larger or smaller than A2. See diagram below.

  • A2 size is 420mm x 594mm, or 16.5 inch x 23.4 inch.
  • If your artwork is bigger than these dimensions, you should label it as A2+ on the website.
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Step 2

Select the size of artwork to be scanned

The scan resolution determines how large you can reprint your artwork without losing quality and details. Higher resolution means larger prints, but also larger file size.

600dpi

600dpi: You can reprint your artwork 2-3 times bigger than the original size. For example, an A4 image can be scaled up to A3-A2 with original details and sharpness

1200dpi

1200dpi: You can reprint your artwork 4-6 times bigger than the original size. For example, an A4 image can be scaled up to A2-A1 with original details and sharpness

Collection and delivery options

Buy a shipping label 

If you selected this option please read carefully:

  • We'll mail you a postage label (if purchased) and instructions pack via the AnPost. Please note though we provide you with the postage label, we do not take any responsibility for the package being lost or damaged. Please note if you can send us multiple artwork in one package - you pay only for one label.
  • We will post you a label via AnPost. Please ensure all pastel or similar paintings are 'fixed' before bringing them to us. Although we handle all artwork with care - we will not be held responsible for any smudges due to non-fixed artwork.
  • Package your artwork very well to avoid art being damaged in the post.
  • Stick the label on your package and bring it to the local AnPost office.
  • Notify us on the day you post your artwork.

Post yourself 

If this option is selected, you will need to arrange the packaging, labeling, and transportation of your item to our store. Once you ship your artwork with your courier, you will need to provide us with the courier's name, contact information, and tracking number.

Bring&Collect in Store 

All artwork for scaning to be shipped or dropped to in person to:

  • Printpoint
  • Unit 1, Stonebridge business Park
  • Ballysimon Road
  • Limerick
  • V94KT32
  • Ireland

Prepare your parcel for postage hints&tips

To make sure your parcel arrives safe and sound, follow these general tips on packing and wrapping:

Address

Address

Check that the address is complete, correct and legible and includes a full post or zip code where applicable

Marks

Marks

Mark your parcels with appropriate labels such as Fragile, Do Not Bend or Heavy for parcels that weigh more than 5kg

Labels

Labels

Attach the parcel service label to the centre on top as parcels are machine processed on their largest, most stable side, usually the base

Packaging

Packaging material

Use plenty of protective packing material, such as bubble wrap or polystyrene chips, to protect your items and fill all spaces so the contents of the package don’t move

Strong tape

Strong tape

Use strong tape along all openings and edges and put keys, coins or loose materials in a jiffy or padded envelope

Can you scan art with your phone? 

If you want to digitise your artwork, you may wonder if you can use your phone to do it. The answer depends on your goals and expectations and of course your budget. You can take a photo of your art with your phone, but you will not be able to capture all the details and textures of your painting. If you want to preserve your art for future use, such as printing and selling or sharing online, you should get a professional scan that will give you the best quality and resolution.

Is it better to scan or photograph art for prints? 

Scanning surpasses photography in preserving artwork quality. With scanning, you gain unmatched detail, superior resolution, and accurate color reproduction. Elevate your art digitization with the precision and authenticity that scanning brings to your creations. There is no doubt that scanning your artwork is the best way to archive your artwork for future use.

How much does it cost to scan artwork? 

You may think that scanning your artwork with your phone is a cheap and easy option, but have you considered the quality of the result? Your phone camera may not capture the true colors, details and textures of your art, and the lighting may affect the image as well. That's why we offer professional artwork scanning services starting from €25 per scan. We use high-resolution scanners that can produce images at 600dpi, which is ideal for printing, sharing and archiving your art. If you want to get a high-quality scan for your art, contact us today and we will be happy to assist you.

How to scan a painting on canvas? 

Please ensure all artwork: pastel or similar paintings are 'fixed' and dry before bringing them to us or if you decided to scan your art yourself. If you want the best possible digital scan, we recommend that you use a professional Art studio service instead of scanning it yourself.

What type of Artwork we scan? 

We’ve scanned and captured many types of artwork here’s just a sample of some:

  • Watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings
  • Charcoal and pastel drawings
  • Mixed media historic documents
  • Maps

What is the maximum size you can scan?  

We can scan the original art of the size up to 24 inch x 36 inch or 60 cm x 90 cm

What about shiny originals and framed pieces? 

We can scan the original art of the size up to 24 inch x 36 inch or 60 cm x 90 cm