Art reproduction is our specialty. The endgame is a print-ready file with remarkable fidelity to the original artwork. More than retouching, the process is a finely tuned skill acquired by extensive experience with specialist equipment. It’s practised with eyes acutely trained on detail, and a whole lot of patience.

Our 25×18 inch flatbed scanner is extraordinary. Seriously, the bees knees. Quite a rare piece of equipment around town, it’s specially designed for museums and archives, and has some brilliant capabilities. We’re really proud to have it in our arsenal. We can scan flat (with diffused lighting) or in 3D, capturing visible surface texture. This enables us to reproduce otherwise tricky media, including canvases and works with variable textures and reflective qualities.

Temporary changes to scanning services
Raw scanning: available, strictly by appointment. Please contact us to book a time.
Artwork Reproductions: we have reached capacity for this service for the remainder of 2020. Intake will reopen in 2021.

Artwork Reproduction

If you plan to make prints from an original artwork, it’s essential to start with an outstanding file. To achieve the best possible print result, this is the way to go. Includes scanning, detailed retouching, colour balancing, and a printed proof.

Following scanning, clean up, detailed retouching and colour balancing, you’ll receive:

  • A print-ready master file at 1:1 size
  • Your raw scan (no edits)
  • One A4 test print on a fine art paper of your choice.

Size (approx)600ppi (resolution)1200ppi (resolution)

Booking an Artwork Reproduction

We operate a queue for our Artwork Reproduction service. Out of fairness, we work on jobs in the order they come to us (so we cannot accept rush orders). This system does mean that we may not be able to accept your job straight away – instead, we’ll be in touch with you once a spot is available and arrange a time for you to bring your artwork to the studio.

Why a Queue?

Artwork reproduction is a laborious process and a queue based system allows us to give every job our undivided attention. It also ensures we don’t have lots of original artworks in the studio at any one time – or for a long time – which is best practice in terms of safe and sensible artwork storage.


Turnaround times

The complexity and volume of your job is the determining factor, but we’ll be able to give you an ETA once we’ve discussed your project.

Maximum sizes for mounted works

If your artwork is on stretched canvas or is created on/mounted to a rigid material, the maximum size we can scan is 25 x 18.5″ (635 x 470 mm). Mounted artworks in excess of these dimensions should be professionally photographed – we’re happy to share our photographer recommendations with you on request.

Artwork scanning: Raw scanning

If you can do your own retouching, or don’t intend to make prints but still need to digitise your artwork, a raw scan is a great option. It’s also handy if you don’t intend to make prints, but simply want to digitise your work for archival or web purposes.

Raw scans will require retouching and clean-up, if you do intend to make prints. For the best possible results, our art reproduction service (above) takes care of all the tricky business, from colour-balancing to fine-grain retouching.

Raw files and colour

Raw scan files will be unedited, supplied straight off our scanner. They will need editing and colour balancing if you intend to produce prints. Because raw scans are not colour balanced by Hound & Bone, we cannot guarantee they will perfectly match your original artwork when printed.
If the file is colour balanced/edited elsewhere, be aware that monitor displays differ. As such, we cannot guarantee a perfect result when printing from a file that has been colour balanced by a third party/on a third party monitor.  If you have concerns, we suggest starting with a proof print to check colours. Where colour fidelity is critical, we suggest opting for our Artwork Reproduction service.

Raw Scanning turnaround times

Raw scans are super quick as there isn’t any retouching work to be done. Most often we can complete them same-day or next business day, depending on the volume of artworks you require scanning.

Raw scanning: Prices

Artworks larger than A2 are scanned in sections – our price includes the required multiple scanner passes and basic digital compositing.

Size (approx)600ppi (resolution)1200ppi (resolution)