Tip #2 Scanning Non Digital Pictures or Documents
If your looking for a new scanner for this project then find one that has these features:
1. Auto Detect Multiple Documents which scans the entire 11 x 8.5 area then breaks up the images into individual jpg files. This is very useful when scanning lots of pictures. It will capture each photo and save it as its own jpg file.
If you have a program like Photoshop Elements but don’t have a scanner with the Auto Detect Multiple Documents, you can actually bring the image into Photoshop Elements and use the Divide Scan Photos feature to break apart your scanned images.
2. Resolution should be 300 digital pixels per inch (dpi) or higher. You need 300 dpi to print. This is pretty standard. You don’t need 1200 dpi. It will take a very long time for the scanner to scan the image. I usually scan images in at 600 dpi to give me extra pixels to work with in the event I need to do some additional editing to the photo later.
3. Dust and Scratches. This is such an important feature when printing a book using scanned photos. You will not see the white dust or scratches on your photos but they are there, unfortunately. Knowing ahead of time that they exist makes the solution easy.
Find a scanner that has a Dust and Scratch removal feature. There are at least three settings: Low, Medium, High. Depending on how old the photos are and how protected they were will determine which setting to use.
I use Medium on my CanoScan scanner for pictures that are one generation old. If they are two generations old or more, then I use the highest setting. In additional to that I also use the filter Dust and Scratches in Photoshop after scanning.
By scanning the pictures in the order in which they were organized will help placing them in their folders after scanning.
For more tips (especially editing) sign up for a Scrapbooking class! October 12th, 7-9pm in Exton, PA