Do you have a bunch of old photos that you want to keep by transferring to your computer? Or maybe you only have a couple of photos that you want to send to your relatives. No matter what reason you need to scan your photos, we will help you with this and show you how to get the highest quality results. Read from the beginning!
Part 1 of 3: Set up your scanner
Step 1. Turn on your computer and printer to make sure they are connected
If the connection doesn't work:
- check your network connections, including outlets and uninterruptible power supplies;
- check if there is a loose connector somewhere;
- make sure the USB cable is plugged into the correct port;
- make sure to select the correct cable type;
- Review the user guide for setting up your printer or scanner (or MFP, multifunction device);
- submit a request to the manufacturer's online support.
Step 2. Find the location of the program to scan
In Windows, click the Start button to bring up a list of installed programs. If using a Mac, click the scanner icon. If no scanning software is installed or you cannot find the installation disc, you can use the simple built-in utilities or download a trusted program from a trusted site such as CNET.
In Windows, the built-in utility is called Windows Fax and Scan and can be found by using the search bar on the Start menu
Step 3. Launch the scanning software
Find a program to scan. Run it by double-clicking on the program's icon or by pressing the "Scan" button on your printer or scanner. Click the Next button to proceed to the next step. You will be prompted to place an image for further scanning.
Part 2 of 3: Scan the image
Step 1. Place the scanned image
Place the document facedown on the scanner surface. Align the image according to the markings on the device. Close the cover (if provided). Press the Scan button on your device or use a scanning program.
Step 2. Set scan options
The scan mode can be set to color, black and white, grayscale, or custom. You can choose the digital format in which you want to save the image (jpg, jpeg or tiff).
Step 3. Select preview
Preview allows you to preview the scan result with current settings and make changes if necessary. Use the preview to determine the size, orientation and resolution of the image before you start scanning. "Orientation" can be selected portrait or landscape, "Resolution" determines the clarity of the image.
High resolution will make the picture clearer and more detailed. Use a higher resolution to sharpen the image. Note: increasing the resolution will increase the image size as well as significantly increase the file size. It is possible that the image will have to be reduced in order to be sent by e-mail. Resolutions above 300 dpi are redundant
Step 4. Click Finish or Scan
After making all the necessary settings and checking them with the preview, click "Finish" or "Scan" to complete the process. The exact wording depends on the program you are using (sometimes both words are used).
Step 5. Use the built-in software to make it easier to go through all the steps of the process
Use the scan wizard or other built-in software if you are having difficulty. The wizard will show you step-by-step instructions on how to copy images from your scanner to your computer or website.
Step 6. Save your photos
Some programs automatically save images in the cache, but in most cases, you need to save photos to your computer or upload them to the Internet yourself. Find the "Save" button or follow the onscreen instructions to save. Save your photos in a location where you can easily find them later.
Renaming each photo is optional. If there are a lot of them, it will take a lot of your time
Part 3 of 3: Scan Like a Pro
Step 1. Take time for the process
If you really want your scanned photos to look great, there are a couple of special tricks you need to do, but the main thing is to give the project enough time. Each photo needs to be scanned separately, so if you want to achieve a good result, don't try to save time by scanning everything in one pass.
Step 2. If possible, scan the photo from the film
If you can, scan the photo straight from the film using an appropriate scanner - the image quality will be much higher. Film scanners are not cheap, but if you need to save a lot of photos, it can be a good option.
Step 3. Do not programmatically turn the photo over
Rotating a photo in your scanning software (or graphics editor) can affect the quality of the final image. Initially, scan the photos in the correct orientation to maintain the quality of the scanned photos.
Step 4. Scan in 24 bits
In the list of scan color settings, there is a 24 bit (24 bit) option. This is the best option for high quality scans and should be the one you choose whenever possible.
Step 5. Set levels and saturation
If your scanning software allows you to set color levels and saturation before scanning, take this opportunity. Adjusting these parameters programmatically later can result in blurry details and overall photo quality deterioration. Levels and saturation can be used to change the colors, highlights and dark areas of the picture, which allows you to restore faded photos.
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Step 7. Use Photoshop (or another graphics editor) to restore photos, not automatic correction
Manual operation will always be better than automatic tuning. You can learn Photoshop yourself or hire a professional to process your photos.
- Scanned photos can be used as a screensaver or desktop background.
- Many developers offer free downloads of older versions of their software. You will have to buy new versions.
- To avoid infecting your computer with viruses, download programs only from trusted websites.
- Read the user agreement carefully when installing and / or downloading programs.