Which scanner is best suitable for scanning old paper artwork?


Hello! I’m hoping for some opinions on which scanner(s) would fit the tall order I’m about to describe:

I need a flatbed scanner that:

Will give high-resolution color scans; can scan to the cloud; can be used with a USB port instead of strictly with an AC adapter; allows me to save in Tiff format; is somewhat portable (I need to take this overseas soon); won’t break the bank!  Attached is a sample of what I’ll need to scan…

thank you for any insight- I’ve been doing research online and have just gotten more wishy-washy as I read more articles and reviews…. Oh! And my OS is Windows 10.

thank you!! 

Which scanner is best suitable for scanning old paper artwork?

Asked on July 24, 2020 in Other.
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Scanning technology is quite established. There isn’t much innovation in the new models these days. So you don’t need anything special to do what you need.


My advice is to choose an established brand for scanners. e.g. HP, Cannon, etc.


And choose any of the models that has the features you described. You’re don’t need to worry about scan quality if you choose an established brand. The picture quality will be fine.


As for price… scanners are very cheap these days so there’s no need to break the bank.

Answered on July 24, 2020.

Thank you, Luke! Unfortunately the big box stores aren’t a lot of help when I ask questions…which leaves me less decided on which to choose.
I’m thinking of an Epson scanner. Or Canon.
Thanks again.

on July 24, 2020.
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Most of the time, the most important factor in scanning these types of old illustrations would be the scan settings. You can try to figure out what works best for your particular needs through trial and error, but my default scanner settings are:

  • TIFF as the scan format (it’s lossless and of very high quality)
  • A DPI of around 300-500 is usually best
  • Scan to as few colors as possible (monochrome if colors are not an issue)
Answered on July 31, 2020.

Also, if portability is a big factor, Brother actually has a line of portable scanners that you might find helpful – https://www.brother-usa.com/home/scanners/portable

on September 24, 2020.
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