sharpness of scans

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  1. messier

    messier TPF Noob!

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    my scans are coming out very soft. the prints seem to be quite sharp. i wonder if u could reccomend a scanner although i dont know if thats in my budget. or any other suggestions.
     
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    You should always use the unsharp mask on scanned images.
     
  3. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    If you can afford to get a dedicated film scanner, you will get much better quality scans than using a flatbed to scan prints.
     
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    im not sure what u mean by unsharp mask
     
  5. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Unsharp Mask is a filter in Photoshop. It's a versatile way to sharpen an image.
     
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    you gotta fork out some dough if you want quality scans... perhaps as mentioned above, a dedicated film or slide scanner.

    unsharp mask is a must when scanning.. get yourself a free copy of photoshop from one of the many sharing programs, may i sugest aresP2P located here: http://www.aresgalaxy.org
     
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    Instead of buying a film scanner, you can have your negatives scanned at a local lab. Mine will scan my negs and put the files on a CD. This can get pricey; my lab offers a reduced cost per neg if I bring a minimum number of negs (forget how many). Even though it can be costly, it's less expensive than buying a film scanner.
     

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