Scanning

What resolution should I use for scanning?

This depends on the size of the original image and the size and intended use of the restored image.  Obviously, the better the original image/scan the better the end result, so it is important to start with a quality scan.
The formula below can be used as a guide to ensure your scan will result in a suitable resolution for print;

scan resolution = (desired width / actual width) * desired resolution
If the original image is 2.5″ wide and a 6″ print @ 300 ppi is required
scan resolution = (6 / 2.5) 300 = 720ppi.

Even if your image will only be used for web publication or for emailing, it is wise to scan it at a minimum of 300 ppi.  You can easily reduce the size of an image file, but it is difficult to make an image larger without seriously compromising the quality of the image.

 

My scanner allows me to choose from greyscale or RGB.  Which setting should I use for black and white images?

Scan all images in RGB (red, green, blue), regardless of whether they are black and white, sepia or colour.   Information potentially useful for restoring monochrome images can be extracted from the individual RGB (red, green and blue) colour channels.

 

My scanner is not very good.  Can you scan my images for me?

Yes, at Pixel By Pixel we are able to scan prints, negatives and transparencies using our professional Microtek scanner.  Negatives and transparencies of all sizes up to 8″ x 10″ can be scanned.  Large prints can also be scanned.

 

Do you do bulk scanning?

Whilst we happily scan all images for restoration,  if scanning and archiving is all that is needed, we recommend Oscans for quality, affordable bulk scanning (quantities over 100).   Be sure to let them know Carol from Pixel By Pixel sent you.

 

My image is not flat.  Can it be scanned?

If your image is not flat or is too badly damaged for scanning, it can be re-photographed using our in-house professional equipment.  We may also choose to re-photograph some images which cannot be removed from their frame, those with highly reflective surfaces  or those which are printed on highly textured papers.