Restore and Colour

A word about SCANNING

Without a good scan the restore will suffer

Here are the rules :

ALWAYS scan in colour mode, even if your photo is in black & white or sepia.

This will capture more information than greyscale.

Do NOT use auto.

Do NOT use a filter/screen or anything clever.

DO crop the image before you scan (drag a dotted line around it) so you're scanning the image and not the lid of the scanner.

Either scan at a resolution of 600 dpi (dots per inch) with the scale at 100% or scan at 300 dpi and increase the scale.

Scanning at more than 600 is pointless. It will only increase the file size and may also results in odd halos.

Odd halos are a nuisance and nuisances cost more to fix.

The preferred way to scan is at a resolution of 300 and increase the scale.

It is not possible to be specific about the scale as each photo will vary to a certain extent, but you will need to keep an eye on the file size.

If scanning for personal use then a having a HUGE file size doesn't really matter.

For e-mailing, you probably want to keep it at no more than 5 Megabytes.
It depends what your computer can cope with.

Send your images as JPGs.

For a black & white (or sepia) photo of postcard size, try the scale at 125% or 150%.

Before clicking 'scan' check that your scanner has not reverted to a previous setting.

And finally ..... DON'T PANIC

It's quite easy really

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