Here are a few a simple scanning tips you should keep in mind.
This seems obvious but have a clean work space. This applies to both the scanner and the photos.
Organize first. It really helps to group your photos either by theme, person or my favorite which is by date. It saves time doing this upfront so you don’t have to go organize a bunch of digital files later.
Use a PHOTO scanner. Not an all in one printer/scanner. Yes the quality does matter. It might look fine on your monitor but when you go to print you WILL see the difference. If you don’t want to invest in new equipment, this is very easy (& worth the $$) to outsource.
It is important to keep in mind that a scanned file will automatically use the date the scanning was done. When I scan photos for my clients, I automatically add the correct dates as I scan. If you hire out your scanning project this is definitely something you want to ask.
Scan at 600 dpi for the best images. If you are doing the scanning yourself, play around with different settings on your scanner to see what looks best. Print some images out to see if you are satisfied with the results.
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