The Basics:

  • Scan your photo using 600 dpi resolution (minimum). If you request photo enlargement, use the maximum resolution available (600-1200 dpi).
  • Scan photo in color, even if your original is black & white.
  • Save it in JPG format, at 100% quality. This will create the largest file size.

Detailed Instructions:

Clean Your Photos

Check your prints for any dirt, debris, dust or other loose particles. Softly clean the photo surface with a soft, lint-free cloth, clean brush, or canned air. Do not use a tissue or paper towel, as they leave lots of small fibers behind.

Clean the Scanner Glass

Check the scanner glass for dirt, smudges, oil and fingerprints. A lint-free coth can also be used to thoroughly clean the glass. Household glass cleaner is also helpful in cleaning to scanner glass, but spray it on the cloth before wiping, not directly on the glass surface.

Specify the Type of Scan

Set the scan mode to 24bit RGB color, even if the print is black and white. 

Determine the Optimal Scan Resolution

Selecting the correct scan resolution has an enormous impact on the overall success of your restoration project.

Generally, scanning your photos at a minimum of 600dpi ensures about good quality for enhancement and restoration techniques. However, if you intend to enlarge the photo set your scanner at its maximum resolution. Never choose to scan at a smaller physical size. The more data we can squeeze from your scanner, the better... even for smaller prints. When in doubt, go bigger!

Avoid Auto Corrections

Many scanner software packages offer auto repair/optimization features like color correction or sharpening. Turn off all of these options. They are actually very destructive and remove information from the image. Our tools are much more sophisticated and less destructive. Wherever possible, choose the options for maximum quality.

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