Digital Capture and Art Scanning Vendors

What does it take to sell on Imagekind? First of all, you will need high quality digital files of your artwork. If you are a photographer shooting digital, you already have them. For artists still shooting film, or those working in non digital mediums, you will need to get a digital capture of your work.

Truly great prints start with a great digital image.
It is extremely important to get the highest quality digital image one can afford, that will meet all your future printing (output) needs. If you have the knowledge and equipment, then photographing or scanning your work at home can provide adequate images for giclee prints. Scanning originals on your flatbed scanner at home can work for some types of artwork, provided you have an excellent scanner meant for imaging. If you are not able to make high quality digital images yourself, then it's worth the investment to have your work professionally captured to facilitate the highest quality prints.

drum scanner

Drum Scanning

If you are scanning film, a professional drum scan can offer extremely high quality digital images from your original negatives or transparencies. Drum scanning usually involves wet-mounting your image to a cylinder. Size capacity for originals is particular to the drum scanner used and will vary by studio, but usually max out at 8 x 10" though some range up to 11 x 24". You can generally expect very large digital images, with original scanning resolutions of up to 11,000 dpi. Pricing will vary by studio, but rates normally range between $.50 and $1 per MB of the output file.

Large Format Scanners

Flatbed scanners generally cannot resolve the same level of resolution or as high a DMAX (an indicator of how much detail can be captured in dark areas) as traditional drum scanners. However, because one usually uses drum scanning for wet-mounted films, they are not an option for large drawings and paintings.

An excellent quality flatbed scanner capable of scanning large works is the Cruse Family of scanners. They can scan originals up to 59"x88", with a depth of up to 4", at resolutions exceeding 10,000 dpi. These scanners offer unparalleled capabilities and are used by prestigious fine art galleries around the world. Our list of digital capture vendors includes vendors utilizing the Cruse scanner.

large format scanner

Digital Camera Backs

Professional photo studios will often offer photographic services utilizing medium format digital cameras. These cameras are capable of producing extremely high resolution images from original art. Smaller pieces can be brought right to the studio, but if the original piece is too large or cannot be easily moved, you can hire a photographer to come and shoot your piece with one of these very high end cameras. The printing output from one of these cameras can be astounding. Whatever camera gear is used, the final quality depends on many other factors such as experience, set-up, alignment and color correction after taking the actual shot. Consult with the studio you are going to work with about pricing and their experience.

Digital Capture Providers:

This table is a sample of vendors that have a range of the above services and equipment.

We encourage members of the Imagekind community to let us know about your experiences with these vendors or others that you prefer.

If your company provides these services and would like us to list you as a resource, please contact us. We will try our best to keep this reference up to date and useful.

Region Vendor Website Phone Street City State Zip
West Iridio - Seattle 206-587-0800 5050 First Avenue S. Seattle WA 98134
West Iridio - Los Angeles 310-516-5331 19681 Pacific Gateway Dr. Torrance CA 90502
West Iridio - San Francisco 415-318-8030 555 Minnessota Street San Francisco CA 94107
West Color One 206-622-7107 411 2nd Avenue Ext. S Seattle WA 98104
West Irvine Photo Graphics 949-261-8777 26845 Vista Terrace Lake Forest CA 92630
West Color Reflections 702-262-9300 4600 S. Polaris Avenue Las Vegas NV 89103
West MouseGraphics 480-894-1992 1414 W. 14th Street Tempe AZ 85281
West Thomas Reprographics 602-264-6871 817 E. Indian School Road Phoenix AZ 85014
Central Cushing Photo Graphis 312-266-8228 420 W. Huron St. Chicago IL 60610
Central Pro Color 800-328-7154 1401 Glenwood Avenue Minneapolis MN 55405
Central Color Reflections 713-626-4045 3773 Richmond Avenue Houston TX 77046
Central TreeTowns 630-832-8631 542 Spring Road Elmhurst IL 60126
Central Thomas Reprographics 214-880-0022 2811 Maple Avenue Dallas TX 75201
Central Tri-Color 248-554-9453 2605 W. Fourteen Mile Rd Royal Oak MI 48073
East Color Chrome 800-241-2545 3174 Marjan Drive Atlanta GA 30340
East Chromatics 888-254-0063 625 Fogg Street Nashville TN 37203
East Rieger Imaging 301-869-8300 22516 Gateway Center Drive Clarcksburg MD 20871
East FLM Graphics - New York 212-279-6392 424 West 33rd Street New York NY 10001
East FLM Graphics - Fairfield 973-575-9450 123 Lehigh Drive Fairfield NJ 07004
East FLM Graphics - Princeton 609-987-0666 741 Alexander Road  Princeton NJ 08540
East Color Reflections 877-305-7945 2960 Stirling Road Hollywood FL 33020
East Color Reflections 215-627-4686 400 Green Street Philadelphia PA 19123
East Color Reflections 404-352-0352 643 Antone Street Atlanta GA 30318
East Davidson & Company 800-772-8966 1750 Lower Roswell Rd. Marietta GA 30068