Digitizing Art and Restoration

Photographing Artwork

Digitizing Original Art

Many artists want digital archives of their original artwork, publish their artwork on the Internet as part of their website or just simply to email or text it to others. Others want to submit their work for juried evaluation or project submittals. Some simply can’t bear to part with the original and want to sell copes. In all of these cases having a color accurate, high definition digital copy of the original artwork is required to present it as an accurate representation of your work. Your artwork can be paintings, mixed media, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, etc.

  • We offer a service to have your original artwork professionally photographed under polarized, calibrated-lighting using a high-resolution 36 MB digital camera.
  • We photograph accurate color charts with you images so that we can set the colors of the digital copy as close to the original as possible.
  • The images are imported into Lightroom were the color corrections are applied.
  • The images are written to your USB drive in RAW format (DNG for portability) and high-resolution JPEG’s for Internet publication.
  • The images will have to be cropped and may need some touch-up so you should have the ability to do some basic photo editing. We can do that for you if there is time in the session or at the $95/hr rate.


  • Digital Color Matching: Copies of you artwork can be printed from these files. We offer discounts to our regular printing prices and would be happy to quote you on a complete Digitizing and Printing Package
  • Printed Color Matching: If you want the closest color matched copies of your prints as possible, we will need the originals when we print. Even though we get very close with the calibrated digital images, to get an exact match we have to compare the prints with the originals under the same lighting and tweak the settings and reprint until the colors match. This technique is used to make Giclée copies on canvas of original oils and acrylics; as well as watercolor originals printed on watercolor textured paper. There is a $50-$95 processing fee in addition to the printing fee for the first print of an image.  All other printed copies are discounted from or original printing costs. IT is best to get a price quote before starting the exact color matching process.


Pricing and Availability
  • Since most artists are reluctant to turn over their original prints to someone else and want to keep their digitizing cost as low as possible.  We have teamed up with the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto to offer digitizing services, see <link to Class and Private instruction section>
  • We also offer our digitizing service at your location and charge $250 for a two hour minimum session, in the SF South Bay Area. If required, additional time is billed at $125/hr.  If your location is outside the Service Area we will have to charge travel time at $50/hr.
  • During the two hours on site we set up the lights and camera, photograph your images, process them and write them to your USB memory stick. Typically we have about one hour for actual photographing and we should get 30-50 pieces photographed in that time. Note: you can share this time with a friend if you so choose.  For example, if 40 images are photographed, the cost to digitize is about $6/print.
  • Studio Time: If photographing your images at your location is not feasible, you can travel to our location in Los Gatos, CA. There is only a $125 minimum charge, the one  hour minimum; thus it is more economical for a smaller number of prints. In addition, if you have 4 our less prints to digitize, the cost is $25 per print with no minimums.


Photo Restoration

Using the Digitizing and Printing Color Matching techniques described in the Digitizing Art Section coupled with Image editing commands; we can restore some of the original quality of the image. In almost all cases the resultant reprocessed image looks significantly better then the faded or damaged original. Of course there is only so much you can do. A faded, discolored photo with much of the details missing will have limited restoration success. Most dust and scratch marks can be removed but you can’t bring back details and dynamic colors if the image no longer can differentiate between light and dark areas. The better the photo the better success we will have in its restoration. We will need to have the damaged photo to match.


To sum it up, Photo restoration consists of:

Step 1. Digitizing the photo under controlled lighting
Pricing: $125 minimum (5-20+ images) or $25 each for quantities 1-4

Step 2. Print Color Matching and Image Processing
to clean up the Photo

Pricing: $50-95 per image depending on the quality of the original image.

Step 3. Reprinting the restored photo
Standard Printing prices

For this work it is best to get an estimate of the total cost and expectation of what restoration level can be achieved. There is no cost for this. Please email jan@artistryprinting.com or call.