What is a Scan?
A good digital scan is the first step to a good print. ArtScans specializes
in creating the highest quality color separations from fine art. Our
custom scanning equipment captures all of the subtleties of fine works
of art, from brush stroke texture to deep shadow detail. Our
scans can be used for creating limited edition Giclee prints, offset
lithographs, posters, brochures, postcards and even Internet Web pages.
Direct digital scans are also an excellent method for archiving artwork
for future use. If you are about to sell a piece you may want to scan
it first to obtain a high fidelity digital master for creating subsequent
reproductions. We keep your scans on file for your future use.
Who We Are:
ArtScans a small, family owned and operated business. It is because
we are small that we can provide the personal, one-on-one service our
clients require for top quality as well as special jobs.
ArtScans has been doing accurate color capture for reproduction since
1992. We own and operate a large (44" x 50") flatbed scanner that is
the only one of its kind in the world. Both the scanner and its software
were designed by us and are continually updated to meet the needs of
the fine art community. Part of our commitment to our customers is to
stay on the leading edge of technology, ensuring the highest quality
With our process, your prints are only one generation away from the
original. In contrast, a transparency process creates a print that is
two generations away from the original, because after a transparency
is made it must be scanned digitally before it can be printed. Fewer
generations mean more accurate color and shadow detail reproduction.
We can accommodate 44" x 50" pieces of art on our scanning bed,
with even larger sizes possible by scanning in sections and invisibly
seaming them together.
Our scanner can accommodate pieces with raised portions such as
collages or artwork with thick brush strokes.
with Your Printer:
For the highest possible color reproduction accuracy, we work closely
with your printer and take into account the inks, paper and coatings
you will be using. The resulting time spent proofing is reduced, saving
time and money.
If for any reason you're unable to use our product, we will be happy
to offer a refund or do whatever it takes to work with your printer
to fix problems.
Archival of Files:
Archival copies of your scans are securely stored for your future needs
and are used only with your permission. We keep a second copy off-site
for security against natural disasters.
Whether shipped to us or dropped off in person, your artwork will
always be handled with respect and the utmost care. From the moment
it arrives at ArtScans we work to minimize handling, any friction with
its surfaces and excessive exposure to light. It is more accurate to
scan artwork unframed. If your piece is framed, it can still be scanned,
but the scanned image may look darker if there is glass in front of
the art. We will assess the need to unframe, and do so only with your
ArtScans is located in Culver City, California, and we receive art
shipped from all around the world. Every day packaged art arrives and
we take the utmost care in personally unpackaging and repackaging everything
You may choose to
receive your scans on either:
CD (675 MB)
Jazz cartridge (1 GB)
File formats available for both the Macintosh and PC:
RGB or CMYK TIFF
IRIS Graphics FEP
Fill out and sign our order form (email
us here for order form).
2. Call us for an appointment and price quote.
3. Enclose payment.
We'll notify you when the artwork and scan are ready for shipping, delivery
or pick-up. Our turn-around is usually 2 to 5 business days.