Hello, new guy here with a couple questions if you don't mind. I have a good number of negatives, slides, prints from my father and grandfathers collection that I want to convert to digital format. I have investigated the scanning services and will likely send a good many of them out to be done. I have also purchased an epson v500 to do some of them at home. In addition to the standard 35mm negatives and slides there are a some b&w negatives, medium formats, and odd ball sized prints that I need to scan as well. I am a novice at this and could use some direction on an issue that I'm facing while trying to get started with the V500. I appoligize for the length of the post but wanted to include as much background as possible. Thanks for your patience in helping out with this issue. I do have the electronic users manual and have read it several times but I'm still confused on the issue of resolution vs. "target size". Right now I've been trying to scan slides. I need to decide on a strategy before I get too far into this thing. My desires for the finished scan file is as follows: - Display on computer monitors via online storage sites, pictures included with emails etc. - Display on large digital photo frames in the future. The one I'm looking at online is a 22" wide screen and says it dispays 1680 x 1050 resolution. - Occasional 8x10 print and 4x6 prints. - Ability to retouch pictures to improve them with photo editing software post scanning. These pictures will be stored on external hard drives. The photo editing software I have is photoshop elements. I'm hoping that some forum members can provide some guidance with a couple of questions about this process. 1. Which file format should I use? It has the option for .jpg or tiff, and some others like .pdf etc. 2. What resolution setting should I use? It has the following options: 4800 3200 2400 1600 1200 on down to 50 The instructions say,quote: "Before you select the scan resolution, you should consider whether you will enlarge your images before or after you scan them. Follow these guidelines. 1. You will not be enlarging the images. If you will scan the images at 100% size or smaller and will not enlarge them later, you can accept the Resolution setting selected by Epson Scan based on your Destination setting (Home Mode only). 2. You will enlarge the images as you scan them (increase the Target Size setting). If you will enlarge the images in Epson Scan so you can use them at a larger size, you can accept the Resolution setting selected by Epson Scan based on your Destination setting (Home Mode only). 3. You will scan the images at their original size, but then enlarge them later in an image-editing program. If you plan to enlarge your images later in an image-editing program, you need to increase the Resolution setting to retain a high image quality after enlargement. Increase the resolution by the same amount you will increase the image size. For example, if the resolution is 300 dpi (dots per inch), but you will increase the image size to 200% in an image-editing program, change the Resolution setting to 600 dpi in Epson Scan. Given my requirements, I want to do either number 1 or number 2. Is it better to do the enlargement during the scan process, or after the scan process with photoshop? If the photo frame displays at 1680 X 1050, does that mean I need to scan at 2400 to get coverage? Will 2400 support 8x10 prints? 3. Target size? The scanner requires me to first select the resolution. Then hit the preview which generates a preview of the pictures. Then, just before hitting the scan button it asks for "Target Size". It defaults to 4x6 but has options that range from: Original Screen resolutions up to (768x1024) 4x6 Letter Legal 8x10 and some more I don't understand if selecting target size is important if I've already selected a resolution. I thought selecting a higher resolution would allow for enlargement in the future if desired? There is no option under target size for the photo frame resolution of 1680 x 1050. When I select an 8 x 10 target size with a resolution of 2400 it gives me the error message, "The target size will be set to "original" because the scale value is out of range." In short, I'm not clear on how "target size" relates to the resolution setting and I'm unsure what I should set for the target size? Thanks for any light you can shed on this subject.