The correct resolutions when scanning drawing and documents has always been something of a contentious subject. The majority of people rely on their default scanner settings to get an accurate reading and do the best that it can with the information given, but this isn’t always as accurate as it probably should be. So in this article we’ll briefly discuss illustration and drawing scanning and the correct ways to go about getting then digitised.
Most people are under the belief that all drawings and illustrations should be scanned at 300dpi but this isn’t always the case. We have been operating as a professional document scanning company for 8 years now and usually use the following recommendations without any problems or complaints. It can all depend on the image itself; for example, if the document is that of a simple line drawing with few details then scanning at 200dpi would be absolutely fine, as it will capture all the details you need for print without being too large in size. It would advisable to save the image as a TIFF, however a high-quality PDF would also be adequate enough in this instance.
If your image is more detailed then it can depend; if the image contains a lot of heavily intricate details akin to an oil or watercolour painting then 300dpi+ would be recommended to capture every single detail on the image. It might end up being quite large, especially since the TIFF format would also be heavily recommended in this process to capture absolutely all details, but for the amount of detail you will have, this is essential. If you have something in between, 200dpi will usually be fine, however try both to be sure. The PDF or TIFF format will be a good format to output with for this, but TIFF is always recommended more for intricate printing. PDF will be fine for online distribution.
If you’re drawings or illustrations or too large for a standard scanner, we use the latest large format and large flat bed scanners to capture your images perfectly.