What Resolution Do You Scan At?
Posted 05 February 2007 - 02:43 PM
I am soooo excited, I just borrowed my parents scanner and have 10 years worth of photos to scan in..woohoo! I can scrap about life before baby!
Noah is now 2.5 Years Old!!
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Posted 05 February 2007 - 06:31 PM
To have a friend is to have a shoulder to cry on, a hand to hold and an extra pair of legs when yours are too weak to stand alone...
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Posted 05 February 2007 - 07:43 PM
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference. reinhold niebuhr
Posted 05 February 2007 - 08:03 PM
I scan at 300 dpi if I plan to keep them at the size they are at, and 600 dpi if I plan to enlarge them or do any major cropping or editing work. Can't wait to see the pages you do with all your new (old) pics!
Posted 05 February 2007 - 09:36 PM
If I know I'll never make the item larger than it already is, I scan at 300 dpi. But if I do want to make it larger, then I evaluate the difference between what size the item is, and what size I want to enlarge it to. The goal is to have the image be 300 dpi once it's enlarged.
Clear as mud?
Posted 08 February 2007 - 04:54 AM
Posted 12 February 2007 - 03:40 AM
The reason I scan at 300, is because standard printing is 300 ppi (for example, if you were to have your pages printed in a book, 300 ppi is the recommended resolution).
If you were to have your digital pages bound in a book, you may not be able to upload the pages for printing if the resolution is too high--I've had that problem before.
I bought a film scanner for scanning in my 35mm negatives. It does a much better job than my regular scanner, because there is no glass diffusing the light. The negatives scanned on my film scanner are much crisper than if they were scanned on big scanner. Negatives I definitely scan in at very high resolution, well over 1200 ppi.
Also, make sure you save them as an uncompressed file (like TIFF--Not a Jpeg). Every time you make changes to a jpeg, pixels are lost, and the quality of the photo deteriorates. I'm speaking from experience. I've scanned in hundreds--maybe thousands of photos, and I didn't know what I was doing, and I will have to re-scan them all.
Posted 12 February 2007 - 07:23 AM
You girls rock!
Posted 17 February 2007 - 06:06 AM
Drs75, thanks for the cool link. Lots of info on their site.
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Posted 17 February 2007 - 08:52 AM
I dream of having all my photos scanned in! My kids started the project last Mother's Day for me by making a movie/slide show on DVD with music and everthing! Then they also gave me a DVD with all the scanned photos so that I can begin scrapping these!
Thanks for all the good info!
Posted 17 February 2007 - 11:57 AM
It would take forever if I did it and I would love to have it all on disk.
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Posted 15 March 2007 - 09:57 PM
I love my 35mm film scanner. I just scanned in about 20 rolls of b&w 35mm negatives taken in 1958-59, when my dad worked on the Great Lakes. This little machine, about the size and shape of a VHS rewinder (if anyone remembers what those are), is so easy to use. My dad was here, and after I set it up, All he had to do was slide the negatives along and push a button. It was so easy. We have both enjoyed looking at all these old photos. I will be spending a few weeks at their house next month scanning in more old negatives and slides. My dad has tons of slides that he would like to have scanned in all dating back to the 50's and 60's. The machine is a little expensive, but Costco.com has it on sale once in a while. This little machine has already paid for itself.
My little film scanner has the Digital Ice technology, which scans the negative/slide with an infrared light, and detects dust and scratches, and removes them. It doesn't work with B&W film, but with color film, it takes a lot of leg work out of cleaning up the scanned photos. My negatives look like they were taken with a digital camera. One slight problem, though, is that I've had to adjust the color of the photo, which actually isn't a problem, since I use Photoshop to adjust the levels of the photo before I scrap them.
If you don't want to spend the money for one of these, or you don't want to scan in negatives, a website that scans in your 35 mm negatives/slides is photomax.com. I've never used them, but one catch is that they store copies of your photos in a granite vault for safekeeping.
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