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.


Do I need a scanner or an all-in-one?

Do you just want to scan designs, sketches and magazine pages on to your computer or digital portfolio, or would you also like to print your finished projects and other work?

This dictates whether you’ll need a scanner or an all-in-one device that combines scanner and printer functions.


Resolution is key

When it comes to printing and scanning, resolution is an important factor to consider. A higher resolution will provide more detailed 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).

If you choose an all-in-one, it’ll have two separate dpi resolutions – one for printing and one for scanning.

See our top 3 scanner and all-in-one picks below…


New to design

Just getting started with fashion design? A good entry level scanner like the Canon LiDE 220 should have you covered. It’s a dedicated scanner with no separate printer functions.Canon CanoScan

Key benefits…  

  • Crisp and detailed scans of your sketches with a resolution of 4800 x 4800 dpi
  • Brings out bold, bright colours in your designs with the three-colour LED light source
  • Create multipage PDF documents straight from the scanner – a handy tool for building your portfolio
  • Quickly edit images with Auto Document and Photo Fix technology – restore colour and remove dust or scratches 

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 Epson Expression XP-645HP Envy 5546

Key benefits…

  • Easily scan your sketches and rough designs – you can even send them to your phone   
  • One of the fastest and easiest to use scanners with a crisp scan resolution (1200 x 2400dpi) 
  • Print finished projects in full colour to be included in your portfolio (print resolution 5760 x 1440dpi)
  • Take control of your projects with the user-friendly 6-inch touchscreen on the printer
  • Print from your iPhone, iPad or Android device as well as your Mac or laptop
  • Save on running costs: this is among the most ink-efficient printers

Get the Epson Expression XP-645


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. Why not try the Canon Pixma TS8051?

It’s an all-in-one, so you can print, scan and copy.Canon Pixma

Key benefits…

  • Scan your sketches in even crisper detail and richer colour with the higher resolution (2400 x 4800 dpi) 
  • Print portfolio-ready projects in top quality with the high print resolution (9600 x 2400dpi)
  • Cost efficient colour printing with separate tanks for individual colours that can be replaced one by one
  • Print from your iPhone, iPad or Android device as well as your Mac or laptop

Get the Canon Pixma TS8051

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