Scanning Tips

 Photo Scanning Tips 

The following are just guidelines based on our experience. You should consult your scanners users’ guide for information specific to your scanner.

  • Check to make sure there is no dirt, lint, or smudges on your photo. Gently remove surface dust and dirt with a soft brush or lint-free photo wipe.
  • Check the scanner glass to make sure it is spotless. Thoroughly clean the glass. Household glass cleaner can be used to clean your scanner glass. Just make sure that the glass is completely dry before placing your photos on the glass.
  • Specify the type of scan. Always scan black and white photos using either the halftone or color settings on you scanner. This is so we will have more manipulation options; we can easily change a color photo to black & white or gray scale, but not the other way around.
  • Determine the best quality of the photo to be scanned. The resolution is the most important consideration of the original photo. If there is the slightest blur detected with the naked eye set your scanner to 300dpi. A good rule of thumb is to scan your photos at a minimum of 300dpi to assure decent quality for enhancement and restoration. 600dpi or greater is better if you plan to enlarge smaller images. If the photo is very crisp to the naked eye you should increase the magnification to 200% or even 300%. Just remember that the higher the magnification the longer it will take to scan and upload time will increase.
  • Use the preview option on your scanner so that you can crop out any white border on your photo. The scanner may try to compensate for this white area by making the rest of the image too dark.
  • Once you scan the photo, we recommend saving it as JPEG format.  The popular JPG or JPEG is nice because its compression algorithm creates a smaller file size. Please do not save as a .bmp or .gif these formats remove important information from the data. We need as much original information as possible to correctly restore you photos.

Please do a few trials on your scanner if you are not familiar with what would give you the best results. All scanning hardware comes with unique software tools to control it. Most allow similar adjustments. Please read the manual that came with your scanner and software. If you have questions, contact the scanner manufacturer.

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