Well I'm sure I have quite under estimated this task! The Back Story: earlier this year my grandparents were both tragically killed by a drunk driver. The driver hit them as they were walking across a residential street on their way to church. The Plan: scan 100-150 of my grandparents photos and have press printed type photo books made as Christmas presents for my parents, aunts, and uncle. The progress: Scanning. Fitting about 4-6 photos at a time on the flatbed and scanning at 600dpi in TIFF ,the files are about 100mb each. the plan is to "cut " them apart in Photo Shop and arrange them over some backgrounds/borders that my sister is designing. I am really tempted to put 3 gigs of ram on my credit card! The scanning seems to be turning out very well on color photos, but the old B&Ws from around 1940 are a bit tricky, the scanner is having trouble with blowing out things like a white wedding dress, and still keeping darker details. I think If it comes down to it I could scan them twice, one exposed for the light colors on one for the dark areas then do and HDR. what do you think? Its just a few that are an issue most of the other ones are so detailed that you can see the texture of the paper. Just going to be a lot of work trimming and rotating and re-saving all of the picture individually, and then putting them back into other files when I format the pages. If anyone has any suggestions for any way to speed up my work flow let me know. Thanks, Ryan edit: well this I intended this topic to be about scanning, but I got a bit off track, so sorry if this is not the best location for this topic.