Use this Scanning Guide & Calculator to correctly determine the optimal scanning resolution of your original photograph. Note that the size you can print your final scanned and restored photograph is determined by the quality and resolution of your original scan. Follow these tips before you begin scanning your photographs. Its not really that difficult, and in no time you’ll be scanning your photos like a pro.
1. Always scan in RGB color mode, even if your original is a black & white (grayscale) image. 24-bit color is the default setting on most flatbed scanners so keep it there, even for grayscale scans. Use Reflective setting, default mode for most scanners.
2. Disable ALL Auto-correction controls, especially Sharpening and Dust & Scratches controls. Your goal is to get a high-quality “raw” scan at the highest possible resolution to achieve the highest level of photo restoration which will allow you to produce the highest quality final print.
3. Rough scan first, then use the scanner cropping tool to either crop in tight on the orignal size or to crop in on a specifc area of the image that you want restored. When you crop in on a smaller section of a larger original, you’ll probably want to have that area enlarged to 5 x 7 or 8 x 10 (if using standard formats for easy framing) or a non-standard size if you’re planning on a matte and a frame. In these instances, be sure to scan with a high enough resolution to generate a quality print. The scan calculator at right will help you determine the best scan resolution for your needs.
4. Choose the right file format to save
your scan. You have several options to save in:
• .psd (BEST CHOICE; recommended)
Must upload to Dropbox and share with
• .jpg (most common file format; smallest file size; compressed data). Use only the highest quality level “Standard” (not Optimized) setting.
5. Give your file a logical name.
Don’t use the default scan file names. Instead,
use something like: