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Joe-- (1) The owner of this list also runs a scanner list, which is the best place for scanner-related questions and discussions. Point your web browser at http://www.leben.com/lists to find out how to subscribe. (2) Typical 4 x 6 photographic prints only have about 200 dpi worth of detail, so scanning at a higher resolution only gives you bigger files without increasing the quality of the scan. (3) If you have the option of saving at 24 bits instead of 32 bits this will save some disk space without degrading image data. (4) If you want to save even more disk space, experiment with various levels of JPEG compression. Small amounts of JPEG compression usually have hardly noticeable image degredation. The more you compress, the more you'll degrade the image. You'll have to experiment to find out where YOU prefer to make the tradeoff between size and quality. (You could also try the Genuine Fractals compressor if you want to get even more esoteric, but since you're "new to this world" I'd suggest sticking with JPEG until you learn your way around.) (5) Since scanning tends to soften images, you'll normally need to use a sharpening filter before printing. The "Unsharp Mask" filter in Photoshop is the most commonly used filter for this purpose. (6) If you want reprints to look "just as good as the original prints", you'll have to enter the arena of equipment calibration and color management, and that's a whole other world of endeavor (which, by the way, is constantly being discussed on this list). --Bill > Hello-- > > I am new to this world of digital recording of pitures and I have >a question...i am trying to scan some photographs to have an archive of >them on disk. > > In essence, what settings should i use (resolution, color) if I >want to preserve my photos and reprint them using a Epson Photo 750 so >that the reprints look just as good as the originals prints, but are of >archival quality? Thanks. > >Joe ============================================================ Bill Fernandez User Interface Architect Bill Fernandez Design PHONE (505) 346-3080 FAX (505) 346-3090 EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org WEB http://www.billfernandez.com ============================================================ - Please: Stay on topic. Trim quoted messages. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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