Do you participate in Throwback Thursday (#tbt) on Facebook? I bet if you are like me you have a ton of old photos that need scanning. I have my mother's box of photos. It's more like a really large Tupperware tub. About fifteen years ago, I promised my siblings I'd scan them in. Well, that hasn't happened! I really do not enjoy the process of scanning the photos in. So just this week, I've challenged myself to use Throwback Thursday as an excuse to get some of my photos scanned in. Five every Wednesday or Thursday evening. Not too many to be daunting and enough that over a year I will have been able to get through a chunk of old photos. I have tons!
Here are quick five tips for making the process of scanning in photos a little less painful.
- Less it more. Sort through that box of photos and pare it down. I know there are photos in my stack that just aren't worth the time or are so badly damaged that the amount of work isn't justified.
- Experiment with your scanner settings. Most scanners come with automatic settings, if your goal is just to preserve your photos, a minimum of 300 dpi should be fine. If your final picture is going to be bigger than the original or you need a higher resolution to create a more professional looking product, go for 600 or higher dpi.
- Choose color. If the photo is in black and white, you can either scan it in grayscale or color. The color scan option will give you a greater ability to manipulate the image. You can change it back to grayscale once it's been scanned. If it's sepia, scan it in color.
- Clean the platen. Before you start scanning clean off the platen (or glass) by wiping it down with a little bit of glass cleaner sprayed on a cloth. Clean the platen again from time to time as you're scanning those old, dusty photos. I also sometimes notice a little glue residue on mine from scanning layouts, best to get that off before you start too!
- Scan multiple images at once. Then learn how to cut them apart using photo editing software. This will save time!
Here are a couple I scanned in last night!
My Maternal Grandparents...
And here is my Papa in a shop class. He's the one with the high ladder chair.
I'm so glad to be preserving these photos for my family!
See you soon!