argh Scanning is a pain in the arse

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  1. randerson07

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    So i picked up an Epson 3490 off Craigslist for peanuts. Between last night and this morning ive fiddled around for about 4 hours and have nothing respectable to show for it.

    I cant seem to match DPI to physical image size to file size to quality.

    I was reading on a few sites and it seems that 3000dpi is a decent place to start. Well when i select 3000dpi it will not let me pick a target size other than original which leaves me with a tiny little pic. When lowering the DPI and upping the size, I get a larger picture but the quality isnt there.

    48 bit or 24?

    I played around with the dust removal and USM but to my eyes i dont see differences. The cheapo scans from Target arent looking too bad anymore.

    Im not worried about all the dust showing up, i didnt clean off the negs and im not too worried, i can deal with that later, I would just like to get a scan that i can show on the web and maybe print, that comes at least close the the 4x6 prints I get from the 1hr lab.

    Here is my best effort so far, turns out to be a 10mb file after resizing in PS. The original file was some god awfully large number, and the physical image size was something like 3x5. Hopefully its something stupid im just missing or maybe i dont understand the relationships between these things.
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    Well I fooled around again last night and I think I have it sort of figured out
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    When viewed at large it still looks good, when you view original its pretty noisey/grainy but It works.

    This is actually a picture of her taking the picture in the original post.
     
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    Hi,

    I use an Epson All-in-One Printer/Scanner thingy that works well. I can chose any scan resolution i wish and i think i use 3800dpi and i can chose the final output size. At first when i 'up' the DPI the software automatically trims the scan which would then only scan part of the image but there's a button to untick the trim which scans the whole lot. I usually keep all adjustments like Sharpen etc disabled and do them myself in PS.. seems to work best.

    The Software is "EPSON Scan". Perhaps you can download it and see if it's compatible with your scanner.. it may have a better interface than the one you're using?
     
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    the software Im using is Epson Scan as well, but im sure its an old version, maybe ill try to get an update.

    thanks for the help.
     
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    I see. I would tell you what version i have but the scanner isn't plugged in at the moment (someone's nicked it) and the software wont open. I downloaded it from the epson site very recently though.
     
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    Are you scanning from prints or negs?
     
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    scanning negs.
     
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    Hmmm. I have the 4490. I scann all my negs at 2400 DPI and at 24 bit and in TIFF. The file sizes are around 20mb. I am generaly happy with how mine come out. I rarely use any of the corrections in Epson scan I do all of that in photo shop. My flickr has a bunch.

    I think that both of your scans look pretty good.
     
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    So when you scan at 2400, what target size do you use? original?

    I did a scan this morning at 2000 or so and I was able to set the target size to 5x7 but nothing else would work, I suppose thats better than original. It ended up being 10mb
     
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    When I scan I keep it at the original size of the strip, 2.7 x 9.33. I can post a full size of mine if you would like
     

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