Preserving Artwork Through Scanning and Reproduction
Digital technology in preserving artwork

How digital technologies are revolutionizing artwork preservation

Artwork scanning is a crucial process for Preserving Artwork and reproducing original artwork. It involves converting your art into digital images. Unlike photographing artwork, scanning provides truer-to-life results. When using a professional-caliber printer, scanning creates high-resolution art prints that won’t fade and can be sold.

Artwork scanning allows artists, collectors, and galleries to create high-quality reproductions, archive their work, and share it online.

Here are some Reasons why Preserving Artwork is Valuable:

Reproduction of Artworks

Artwork Duplication

  1. Preservation and Archiving: Scanning preserves the original artwork digitally, ensuring it can be accessed even if the physical piece is damaged or lost. In addition, Artists can create an archive of their work for future reference or documentation.
  2. Reproduction and Printing: Scanned images can be used to create high-quality prints, posters, or art cards. Artists can sell reproductions of their work without compromising the original.
  3. Online Sharing and Promotion: Scanned images allow artists to showcase their portfolio on websites, social media, and online galleries. Also, Galleries and museums can share artwork with a global audience.
  4. Cataloging and Documentation: Scanning helps catalog and organize an artist’s body of work. Details like titles, dimensions, and creation dates can be associated with each scanned image.

Scanning Solutions offered at ABTec Solution

The choice of scanner for artwork depends on your specific needs, such as the size of your artwork, desired resolution, and budget. Consider these best scanner for artwork options and find the one that best suits your artistic requirements from ABTec.

WideTEK® 25-650 fast CCD flatbed ScannerWideTEK® 36F fast CIS flatbed scannerWideTEK® 36ART Fine Art CCD ScannerWideTEK® 60ART Fine Art CCD Scanner
Scan Sizemax. 635 x 470 mm (25 x 18.5 inches), 19% more than DIN A2915 x 610 mm (36 x 24 inch),11% more than DIN A1914 x 1524 mm (36 x 60 inches), optional extension up to 36 x 87.6 inches1524 x 2032 mm (60 x 80 inches)
Scan Speed @ 600 dpi6 seconds, full scan size6 seconds, full scan size21.1 mm / second (0.83 inch / second)21.1 mm / second (0.83 inch / second)
Scan Speed Color 3D @ 300 dpi6 seconds, full scan size21.1 mm / second (0.83 inch / second)21.1 mm / second (0.83 inch / second)


WideTEK ART Scanners in Details:

The WideTEK 36ART and 60ART are specialized scanner for artwork designed specifically for fine art scanning. Here are some key features of the WideTEK ART scanners:

  1. Contact-Free Scanning: WideTEK ART scanners enables contact-free scanning of various types of fine art, including oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, charcoal and pastel drawings, mixed media collages, and antique works of art. This means that the original artwork is moved under the CCD camera elements without any physical contact, protecting the art from damage. It’s even possible to scan a painting that is still wet, as long as it is framed or the sides are dry enough to place the artwork on the scanning bed.
  2. High Resolution: The scanner operates at 600 dpi (dots per inch), ensuring detailed and high-quality scans. 36ART can handle formats up to 36 x 60 inches, while the 60ART can handle formats up to 60 x 80 inches
  3. Archiving and Reproduction: The WideTEK ART scanners were specifically designed for archiving and reproduction of works of art. Museums can digitize their own collections for sale as prints or for publication on the internet or in catalogs. Reprographic specialists can also offer fine art digitization as a service, which has proven to be a lucrative market.
  4. No PC Required: The scanner offers a complete ScanStation solution, allowing you to scan directly to a network, USB drive, tablet, phone, or other devices without the need for a separate PC.

How does it handle Delicate Artworks?

WideTEK ART scanners are designed to handle delicate artworks with care. Here are some ways it achieves this:

  1. Contact-Free Scanning: The scanner operates without any physical contact with the artwork. This means that delicate paintings, drawings, and other art pieces are not touched or pressed during the scanning process. The original artwork is placed on the scanning bed, and the CCD camera captures the image without touching the surface.
  2. Gentle Movement: WideTEK ART scanners moves the artwork smoothly and gently under the camera elements. The movement is controlled to avoid sudden jolts or vibrations that could harm fragile materials.
  3. Frame Detection: The scanner can detect the edges of the artwork, including the frame. It ensures that only the actual artwork is scanned, without capturing any unnecessary parts. This feature is especially useful for framed paintings or works on canvas.
  4. Wet Artwork Scanning: If an artwork is still wet (such as an oil painting), it can be scanned as long as it is framed or the sides are dry enough to place on the scanning bed. This allows artists to digitize their wet paintings without risking damage.
  5. High Resolution: The scanner operates at 600 dpi (dots per inch), providing detailed scans. However, delicate artworks can be scanned at lower resolutions if needed to minimize any potential impact on the surface.

Can WideTEK ART scanners Scan Other Materials Besides Art?

The WideTEK ART scanners are primarily designed for fine art scanning, but it can also be used to digitize other materials. Here are some additional applications:

  • Documents and Maps: The scanner can handle large-format documents, blueprints, maps, and architectural drawings. It captures detailed images of text, diagrams, and intricate designs.
  • Photographs: While its main focus is on art, the WideTEK ART scanners can scan photographs, both black-and-white and color. It’s especially useful for preserving old family photos or historical images.
  • Textiles and Fabrics: If you have delicate textiles, such as antique tapestries, quilts, or embroidered fabrics, the scanner can create high-resolution digital copies. This is valuable for archiving or creating reproductions.
  • Historical Artifacts: Museums and cultural institutions can use the scanner to digitize historical artifacts, such as ancient manuscripts, scrolls, or fragile parchment. It ensures their preservation while making them accessible digitally.
  • Scientific Illustrations: Researchers and scientists can scan scientific illustrations, botanical drawings, or geological maps. The high resolution allows for detailed examination and analysis.
  • Mixed Media: The scanner accommodates mixed media artworks that combine various materials, such as collage, assemblage, or multimedia installations.

WideTEK ART Scanners Applications for Preserving Artwork

  • High quality replica production of artwork for sale in museums, archives and auction houses
  • Preservation of artwork as special collections in archives, museums, government agencies
  • Presentation of artwork in public and/or private catalogs, prints, websites for sale or advertising purposes
  • Industrial quality control of textured heavy, thick or wet material. Integration into existing QA workflows
  • Presentation of other material in public and/or private catalogs, websites for sale or advertising purposes
  • Scanning artwork for display as a security, anti-theft measure

Remember that while the WideTEK ART scanners are versatile, its specialty lies in capturing fine art with precision. If you have specific materials in mind, consider the scanner’s capabilities and adjust settings accordingly.

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