Remember the days of snapping family photos with your trusty old film-loaded camera? With the advent of digital cameras and smartphones, this idea harkens back to a “golden age” of photography. You probably still have hundreds of those old photos lying around in a drawer or album, slowly deteriorating and fading. What better time than now to preserve those photos digitally by scanning them and saving them to your hard drive? When done properly, you’ll have them preserved forever, and can print them out any time you like. And the best and most cost-effective way to print is always by using remanufactured ink cartridges.
Here are some key tips to properly scanning old photos that will save you time and get the best results possible.
1. Save Time by Scanning Multiple Photos Simultaneously
Start by arranging your pictures in an orderly fashion on your scanner. Make sure all of the edges are straight and aligned, not just tossed on the scanner. This will help you once you begin to crop the photos on your workstation. After all, even if you’re printing with remanufactured ink cartridges, you don’t want to waste money printing photos that are poorly cropped or misaligned.
2. Make Sure You Use the Right Settings
The standard DPI (dots per inch) setting in the print industry is 300 DPI. If you plan on printing your pictures out at a later date, especially at a larger size, make sure they are scanned in at a minimum of 300 DPI.
3. What to do When Scanning a Single Picture?
Adjust your scan area to remove the background using your scanner’s built-in cropping tool. Otherwise, you will have to spend the time cropping your image even though you only scanned the one.
4. Store All of Your Photos in the Same Location
When your mom calls you up and asks you to print an old baby picture of your son (using remanufactured ink cartridges of course!), and you have no idea where you saved the file, you’re going to spend unneeded time and frustration trying to fish it out. Make sure all of your files are stored in the same folder or external device. You’ll thank me later.
5. What about Black and White Photos?
Properly scanning photos that are black and white can be a challenge. Here are some key tips:
· Reduce Saturation or use the B&W conversion filter.
· Tweak the Levels (this may happen automatically when using filters).
· Use your clone and heal brushes to remove imperfections.
Lastly, never forget to use remanufactured ink cartridges to print off your memories. Your pockets will thank you!