What is the best scanning resolution for preservation and best quality pictures?
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Posted: 2/13/2013 11:01:23 AM
I listened to the peas and saved up for the Epson Perfection V600 Photo/Slide/Negative scanner. It comes with digital ICE and that DOES work, took a crease out of a medium format slide, looks perfect! It makes some problems on pictures or slides go completely away, it makes some look worse but great when it does work.

My scanner also came with Photoshop Elements 9 and after reading past threads, the peas seem to agree that it is a great program and I don't really need PhotoShop.

Anyway, my question is, what scanning resolution is the best for each type of scan. I'm mostly scanning old 40's and 50's b/w pictures up to 80's where after that, I'm scanning mostly negatives and slides instead of the picture IF I have the negative. I also have some odd 50's double slides to be viewed on something like a ViewMaster that I've got to figure out too!

IF anyone happens to have any advice on scanning 8mm and super 8mm movie film, I'd appreciate ANY advice. From a previous thread, I found a place that makes masks that work on most scanners but unfortunately, I haven't found one for movies or 110 negatives. Looks like I'll be making my own!

Someone also mentioned that VueScan might be good. Does anyone know anything about that? I didn't bother with the Canon scanner I was interested in after someone at Canon told me their software wouldn't recognize anything out of the normal range. In fact, until I figured out how to get OFF the automatic scans on this one, I wasn't happy!


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Posted: 2/13/2013 3:22:14 PM
From what I understand if you're scanning older photos and want to be able to make some minor restorations to them you should scan at 600 dpi. If the photos are in good shape then 300 dpi is fine.


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Posted: 2/13/2013 3:56:18 PM
I hope that is good, I was scanning at 1200 dpi but on an 8x10, it was TOO big to email to my cousin AND my older program that I like to resize pictures... well, it was too big for IT to shrink!

Most of the pictures that I'm scanning are smaller and I can email at least three pictures at 600 dpi and get it sent and received. I'm just needing to figure out what needs to be scanner higher... if film needs the higher DPI. Great scanner but I have lots to learn!


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Posted: 2/13/2013 4:36:50 PM
I used to work for a professional scanning company and always remember what our scanner told me back then. A good rule of thumb when scanning anything is to scan at whatever dpi gets you to a file size of 18 MB. This is print quality 8x12 photo size. It will definitely be too big to e-mail, but better to scan it at a higher dpi and resize smaller in post production for e-mailing, then to scan at e-mailable size and not be able to print a decent version should anyone ever want to print a copy.


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Posted: 2/15/2013 11:21:50 AM
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Posted: 2/15/2013 11:28:35 AM
I scan ALL of the pics I reprint at 300 dpi...no more than 600 dpi.




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