Scaning Black&white pictures

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  1. gendarmee

    gendarmee TPF Noob!

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    Hi there!

    I had a job to do, some thing which i have been procrastinating from over 4 years...now i have the time to do it, so i dont want to let this opportunity go.
     
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  2. Jeff Canes

    Jeff Canes No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    That is how it was done before scanner. You would use a copy stand with lights. They still use then but most for artwork.

    Not sure about your scanner you may just need to try and try again till you get what you need. Do test with pro scanner and home scanner see how the two look.


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    I just visited my father to copy some of the family snapshots. I brought along a laptop with XP and a old HP printer/scanner 1350. Most of the pictures I was interested in were small (2x3, 3.5x5") so I copied them on the highest dpi I could. I used 1200 and 2400 dpi so I could enlarge them a bit. I scanned without any adjustments first, then adjusted the contrast and brightness (if needed) for a backup copy. I think the scanner was only 600 dpi (hardware) but interpolated (sp?) up to 2400dpi. The results were not bad at all. Use a scanner if you can, and use the highest dpi you can if the originals are small. The files end up kind of large, but you can always resize them later.
    ...Terry
    ps. I'm surpised you are having trouble with a hp 1300 series psc and XP. I just downloded the drivers from HP and used scanner/camera wizard to scan
     
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    If you have a decent enough home scanner it will do you fine. If you don't need to enlarge the pictures, then 3 - 400 dpi is fine. If you want to make enlargements, then I would suggest going as high as the scanner will let you. Although you might need som pretty powerfull hardware for that operation, as Xp especially has a tendency to take ages processing scans above 600dpi.
     

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