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Scanning Guide

Here are a few tips for making sure your scanned photo is of the best possible quality. Although all scanners are different, there are some basic options that are common to all. Choosing the right options should produce the best result. Alternatively you can send the photos to us and we will scan on our high resolution equipment.

  • Scan in Colour: Even if you have a black and white photo you should always choose the 'colour' option when scanning. Scan in 24 bit colour.
  • Remove Adjustments: Turn off any automatic adjustment settings in your scanning software.
  • Set Correct Scan Resolution: Check the DPI/PPI (dots per inch/pixels per inch) setting. In general, the higher the DPI, the clearer the scan, and the better the results in terms of the work we are able to do. Set to scan at 600DPI.
  • Clean Scanner Glass: Make sure the scanner glass is as clean as possible and free from dust or fingermarks. Clean the scanner as per the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Gently Clean Photo: Make sure the photo is free from smudges, fingerprints or debris. Clean gently using a lint free cloth.
  • Place Photo in Centre: Place the photo in the centre of the scanning bed as on some scanners the quality can degrade towards the edges of the glass.
  • Scan only the Photo: Try to make sure you are only scanning the photo itself, not the entire scanning bed as well. Your scanning software will allow you to place a box or border around the image ensuring only that area is scanned.
  • Ensure Photo is Flat: If your photo has been folded or has been creased in any way, you need to make them as flat as possible during the scan.
  • Choose Correct Format: You need to choose the correct format for your scan. TIFF (.tiff or .tif) will give the best result, but such files are often very large and difficult to send by e-mail. JPEG (.jpeg or .jpg) compresses the image, making it easier to handle. Make sure you choose to save in 'best' quality.
  • Sending Large Files: If your scan is larger than 10Mb, you can use an upload site such as WeTransfer. You don't need to set up an account and the service is free.

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At the Photo Restore Centre we treat all your pictures with the special care and attention they deserve. All our work is carried out in-house, and we devote time and expertise to achieving the best results possible. 

We assess each of your photos individually and carry out the work you've requested to the highest professional standards.

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