https://thephotorestorationcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/TPRC-logo-horz.png 0 0 Sandra Christie https://thephotorestorationcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/TPRC-logo-horz.png Sandra Christie2012-10-06 12:46:022018-01-05 14:05:10The Top 10 Tips for Scanning Photos
The Top 10 Tips for Scanning Photos
- I know the cheap ones are tempting, but plan to spend more than $100 on a new scanner. You truly do get what you pay for.
- If you have a lot of 35mm film or slides to scan don’t expect great results from a flatbed scanner. An actual film scanner will do a considerably better job, as this is what it is for!
- Remember, no amount of retouching can make up for a poor scan. Most scanning software will allow you to choose the type of image to be scanned whether it is a photo, slide, document, etc. Correctly setting this option will insure the best scan possible from your scanner.
- Scan your photo at an appropriate resolution. Use this calculator to find the best resolution.
- 300ppi (if you plan on printing your restored photo as the same size as the original, or if you plan to resize it to 72ppi for web use later).
- 600ppi (if you plan to restore or enlarge your photo).
- Turn off all automatic filters.
- Crop your preview scan so as not to include any of the background.
- Always scan black and white photos as 24bit RBG Color (not grayscale). This is because 24bit files have 3 times the color depth of an 8 bit grayscale file, so they capture much more of the subtle tones (If your photo is badly faded you might want to scan at 48bit).
- Please, keep in mind not to use photos printed on textured or embossed paper. They aren’t usually suitable for scanning. Try photographing them with a digital camera instead.
- Always save your scans in a lossless format such as TIFF. Only ever use JPEG as a final format to save your photo in. Never do anything to the original scans except for naming them. Save them exactly the way they were scanned, without any changes.
- View your scanned images at 100% when looking at them on your computer to make sure your photo scanned correctly.
- OK…lets make it 11 tips! Right-click your scanned photo and choose Properties. Go to General and check the “Read Only” box. This is so you can’t accidentally save over them! And yes, I speak from experience…