3 best scanners for making your designs digital

Want to digitise your sketches or create a digital portfolio? Here’s our pick of 3 scanners for fashion design…

Fashion student

Why do you need a scanner for fashion design? 

Most designers use a scanner to make their hand-drawn designs digital. Scanning your designs means you can edit them using specialist software to get the exact look you want.

Nowadays fashion students and designers alike are using technology to showcase their collection – either on their laptop or tablet, or uploading their portfolio to a website. Again, you’ll need a scanner to transfer your designs to your laptop. 

What to look for when buying a scanner:

  • Type of scanner – do you want a standalone scanner or an all in one that comes with a printer for making physical copies of your designs as well as digital ones?
  • Resolution – a higher resolution will provide more detail in your scans, so they’ll look just as good on screen as they do in your sketchbook. Resolution is usually measured in dpi (dots per inch) 
  • Compatibility – will it work with your laptop or computer’s operating system? It’s best to check before you buy
  • File type – scanners save your images in different formats (usually JPEG, TIFF or PDF). It’s important to know as this will affect the way you can share your designs
  • Software – some scanners come with editing software that lets you adjust the colours and fix any blemishes on your designs once they’re digitised. Adobe Photoshop is the go-to tool for most fashion students and designers

Here’s our pick of 3 great scanners for digitising your sketches…


New to design

Just getting started with fashion design? A good entry level scanner like the Canon LiDE 220 should have you covered. Images will look crisp and detailed when reproduced on screen with a resolution of 4800 x 4800 dpi.

Bring out bold, bright colours in your designs with the three-colour LED light source, which can pick up colours and reproduce them on screen. With it you can:

  • Scan images to cloud-based services like Evernote and Dropbox for easy sharing
  • Have the option to create multipage PDF documents straight from the scanner – a handy tool for building your portfolio
  • Quick edit images with Auto Document and Photo Fix technology – restore colour and remove dust or scratches
  • Save space with a compact design and avoid trailing wires as it connects using a single USB

Get the Canon LiDE 220


Fashion student 

Are you a fashion student or growing your collection and want a way to scan your designs, edit them and then print? Opt for an all in one scanner and printer like the HP 5546.

Bring out the best in your scans with a resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi and print them in rich colour on the inkjet printer. With it you can:

  • Save your images in a range of formats including PDF, JPG, TIFF, PNG, BMP and GIF for sharing – or scan direct to email
  • Easily navigate through different settings using the 2.2-inch graphics touchscreen display 
  • Print wirelessly or use the mobile app to manage your scans from your phone
  • Printing on a budget? Get a free 9 month trial of HP Instant Ink – the cartridges hold more ink than regular ones and your printer will automatically order replacements when you’re running out of ink

Check out the HP 5546


Aspiring designer 

If you’re ready to get serious about your designs, you’ll want a scanner and printer combo that can match the quality of your collection – and keep up with your ever growing to-do list. Scan your designs at an impressive resolution of 2400 x 4800 dpi with the Canon MG7751 – and send them direct to Cloud services such as Google Drive, OneDrive and Dropbox for easy sharing. With it you can: 

  • Print quickly at professional quality using the 6-ink system – prints will look incredibly detailed while keeping running costs to a minimum
  • Find images fast and preview your scans before printing with the intuitive touch screen – great for days when you’re busy rushing between meetings
  • Print wirelessly with Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity

Get the Canon MG7751

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