Advice



Quality scanning is a very important first step in any photo restoration or enhancement, if you are not confident about scanning your image yourself, please use our professional scanning services.

Resolution

When scanning for photo reproduction you need as much information as you can get. You should set your scanning software at 300dpi resolution and 100% size output. If you want to enlarge a photo, the rule of thumb is that you can't enlarge it more than twice its original size without serious loss of quality.
 
Quality scanning is the most important step in photo restoration or enhancement. If you are not confident about scanning your image yourself, please use our professional scanning services. Send us your photo where it will be handled with great care and professionally scanned.

Saving your file

Please save your file in RGB(red green blue)colors and JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) or TIFF (Tagged Image File Format). Saving in this format converts the images pixels making it ready for printing. If you choose to save your image as a .jpeg please select the "highest quality" setting before completing the save process.

Quality

It is possible to get a good copy of a photograph, but it will depend on the quality of the original photograph. You can improve the quality of the ouput, by using the following tips:
  • Make sure the glass surface of the scanner is clean
  • Make sure the item you are scanning is straight and as flat as possible
  • If you're scanning a photo that you do not need to enlarge, set the resolution at 300dpi and your output on 100%
  • If you are going to have the photo enlarged, set the resolution at 600dpi or higher.
  • Do not have any adjustments made (eg for contrast or colour) in the scanning. Scan the image as it is.
  • Crop the image to remove unwanted borders, edges or anything else that degrades the photograph.