Buying a Photo Scanner

In an era full of technology that lets us share our pictures with the world, people have taken advantage of the methods we can use that let us place these pictures out there for all to see. Photo scanning is one of the fastest and most efficient ways to share your photography between emails, personal websites, blogs and other areas that let you express your creativity.

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Based on your technological preference, you can pick from an array of photo scanners that all pretty much do the same thing, upload your pictures into your computer without the use of transferring data via a micro SD card or USB plug-in. The first thing one must take into consideration when purchasing a photo scanner is size. How big is the area that it will be displayed on? Do you have enough room on the table you will set it? And of course, how important is it that the scanner is something very flashy? All of these questions can be looked at and met once you go into any technology store to make the purchase.

Size:
The bigger the scanner the more features they tend to have. If you opt for a larger scanner it will probably also have printing capabilities and the option to function as a printer as well. The negative thing about these is that they tend to require more maintenance and take up a lot more space. If you are more tech savvy this option will be good for you. Just make sure you have the space.

Aesthetics:
Photo scanners can be something fancy to look at when they are sleek and put on display ready to use. When you opt for a smaller device it can very easily be put anywhere and is literally something that you plug into your computer and begin to use. There is no need to use a fax machine or other wires to continue using it, ll it requires is power and pictures.

Using a photo scanner is as easy as opening the lid and pressing a button because that is literally what needs to be done to turn it on. The main function is to get your portraits onto your computer screen and that is exactly what they do. As stated above, the only big concern when purchasing one is making sure you are keen enough to maintain a scanner with more functions, or deciding on a more convenient and practical simple one. They both do the main job very well.

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Tips on Scanning Photographs

Photos are taken by most people to remember special occasions and need to be kept safe for generations to come. Scanning your family photos is a great way to make sure they are kept safe and you also have a back up copy, just in case something happens to the original printed copy.You can find great tips on scanning photos on the internet but I will also share photo scannera few here.

Adjust Scanner Settings

The quality you get out of pictures, all depends on how you do the scanning. As a start, you need to change your scanner settings before doing the task. All scanners usually come with their own scanning software, which you can use to change the settings. Things like the output type, resolution and sharpening can be adjusted.

You can also customize your short cuts to make the process easier for you. You need to choose the right resolution and the file format needs to be correct as well. You can save all of your pictures in JPEG format. This is fine you if you intend on distributing your images online, via email and so on. The picture quality is compromised slightly with this format, but if you email them, its not noticeable.

The TIFF format allows you to be more flexible. If you not sure of how you are going to use the picture in future then, it is best to save it in this format. It also keeps much more of the picture quality than JPEG. So even if you choose to print it out, the quality will be good. The problem with a TIFF file though is that it is much larger than a JPEG file, so only save your best pictures this way.

Batch Scanning and Cropping

You can save time and effort by scanning more than one photo at a time. Some photo scanners allow you to scan anywhere from four, right up to six pictures at once. This saves you a great deal of time, especially if you have hundreds of family pictures to scan in.

You also have the benefit from being able to crop images. Instead of doing the entire full length photo, you can just scan a specific part of the picture. For example, if you just want to print the face from the picture, you can crop the body out of it and simply scan the face. You can also do this after you have scanned the photo.

When you scan a photo, be sure to remember what you are going to do with it. Photos can be scanned horizontally or vertically. You have the option of rotating the image after it has been scanned, but this is not advisable as the picture will loose some of its quality. It’s not a huge amount of quality but if you can avoid rotating by orienting the photo the right way it will help out.

If you have a higher end photo scanner, then you can scan negatives and slides in addition to photographs. You will be able to scan around 4 to 12 slide at once depending on your model of scanner. You can use the preview option to correct red eye imperfections and brighten dark spots in the slide before scanning.

Those are just a few tips on how to scan photos with your scanner. But the best way to learn is by a little trial and error. Try scanning one photo a few times, each time adjust settings and seeing what works best. Getting familiar with your scanner and the process will ultimately give you the best results.

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