Photograph Scanning Help
Since the onset of digital cameras the need to look into your old photo box and get some classic photos scanned into your computer, becomes more and more important. Many people find this quite daunting and don’t even bother, but we know it can be straightforward and with bit of perseverance really worthwhile because you can do so much with the old photos when they are digital images. For example you can make a
Often your original photos will be 6”x4” photo prints, passport sized or even square shapes from the old days. It makes no difference to the scanner what shape or format the photo is as long as it fits on the scanner bed which usually is up to A4. You can scan photos from a photo album even if they are stuck in – you just have
All that’s needed is a computer and a scanner.
In case you are wondering, resolution is how many dots per inch
1. Turn on the scanner ensuring the glass surface is clean (no dust, dirt, fingerprints or smudges) and then place your image in the corner anchor point ensuring it is straight.
2. Open the software used to scan images on your computer.
3. One of the scanner settings in the software will be resolution or DPI. Change the scanning resolution (D.P.I) for the output to what is required, for example, “300” dpi is good for a photo print or an
Scan the photo at its original size (100%). Use the bounding box to identify the outer area – it’s a
4. If possible, preview the scan. There is usually a button that says ‘preview’ to see photo. If it’s what you want then….
5. Press scan button to scan your image. Scanner should light up and start whirring! If so you are in progress.
6. Save your photo as a JPEG in a folder. ‘My pictures’ or make a new folder.
There, hopefully that means you have a way to access all your old photos digitally now. So next step is to do something useful with them and get them out in the open for all to see. Have think about the walls in your home.
By Adriano Denyer from Contrado Imaging Ltd.,