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Is It Best To Scan In...

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.jpg or .tif? I am scanning in .tif because of. jpg lossy compression...am I doing this right? Or am I way in left field...LOL

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Michelle

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Aren't your files huge? I've been scanning as jpgs but then I never resave them -- I always work with the copy so that I never change the original. I though this was ok but I'd sure like to hear if I'm doing it wrong too! (after scanning 3000+ photos, I'd hate to hear that I'm wrong but I would like to know!)

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[quote name='DeeZee' date='Apr 24 2005, 01:06 PM']Aren't your files huge?  I've been scanning as jpgs but then I never resave them -- I always work with the copy so that I never change the original.  I though this was ok but I'd sure like to hear if I'm doing it wrong too! (after scanning 3000+ photos, I'd hate to hear that I'm wrong but I would like to know!)
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Yeah, they are. I burn everything to DVD. I never work on the originals either.

I was trying to create a kit and wanted to make sure I was doing it right. Since other MAY use some of my items...KWIM??

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Ah, you're scanning stuff as digital elements? I wonder if the use makes a difference.... what kinds of things are you scanning just out of curiousity?

I'm trying to digitize my lifetime of photos. We're military and hope we're going overseas next and I sure don't want all my photos lost due to whatever on the way where we're going SO ........ a digital copy is the key! When I'm done, my mom will get copies, I'll make copies for our shipment and I'll handcarry copies, so hopefully I won't lose anything.

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Relate JPGs to photocopiers... the more times you save a JPG you will lose information (just like a copier, if you copy a copy of a copy...it will look pretty bad).

TIFs in the other hand, do not lose information even when saved over and over again. The files size can be rather huge.

As you are creating files, save them in the format of the software you are using, i.e., Photoshop=.PSD. When you are finished and want to create files for a kit, save them as JPGs with the highest quality.

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Here is a link that might be helpful:
[url="http://www.scantips.com/basics09.html"]Scantips[/url]

(This link was shared by Valgal in a post at RAKScraps which is where I learned about it.)

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Ooh, worth knowing this stuff. Not that I'm at the 'designing a kit' level yet!! LOL!!

K

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Thanks for all of the great tips, girls. And the link. Never stop learning. Now I sound like a teacher. lol Leslie

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OMG, I have been saving all my photos in the wrong format?!?! Can I resave them as TIF's or do I have to start scanning all over again?

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Hmm, I'll have to try doing tiffs for a while a see what they look like. Do they actually look better (i.e. less pixelated when you zoom in)?

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Interesting topic. I should see if my scanner has the option to save as a .tif

Thanks for the info

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Most scanners do scan have the capability to scan in .TIF. If for some reason it doesn't, after you scan it save it as a .TIF.

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Against my techy DH's advice, I scan as TIFs and save the originals on an extrenal hard drive I save for that purpose. After I have done my editing, resizing or whatever, I export as JPG or PNG, as appropriate.

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Isn't it interesting how everyone can take a different path to accomplish something, and still end up at the same destination, when it's all said and done? More than one way to get it done!

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I always scan my photos in as tif, unless I am scanning specifically for something and can't find that photo amid my hard drives, lol, and beleive me when I say can't find that photo. I think I need a better way to organize photos, but right now I only have them in different folders with dates. The photo names are all the dates as well, or IMG blah blah, which is more often than not quite a pain in the rumplestiltskin as we say around here.

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Great Post. Very informative. I have one question though. What resolution do you suggest scanning at?

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I scan everything at 300 dpi. I believe that is pretty much the standard--but if it's not, I'm sure one of the ladies here will correct me!

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