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Photo scanning software is becoming a lifesaver for most people who wish to hold onto past memories contained in processed photographs. Since the earliest civilizations, people have used images to capture great moments and emotions. While those images were at times as simple as drawings on cave walls, they still help us to picture the kind of life they lived at that time. A lot has changed since then.

Scanner Software

We no longer have to use drawings on cave walls or the long and laborious process of curving images. We now have digital photography, a technology that has made preserving images as simple as tapping your Smartphone’s screen. Unfortunately, digital photography is a recent technology. We still have tens of hundreds of photos in albums and shoe boxes that are degrading at a high rate.

These old photos will not last forever because papers tend to degrade with time. That's why many people are turning to scanning software to convert them into digital formats that are easy to store and access. Scanning one or two images with the scanner's default software or your phone is quite easy. However, when you have a thousand photographs and you need to scan them one-by-one, it becomes a monotonous and difficult task.

You will not only have to deal with creased photos, you will also need to clean some of them occasionally. The only other option available is to use professional Photo scanning software. The software available at enables you to edit and scan the photos continuously without having to restart the process after you scan every photo.

Tips on How to Best Scan Photos with Photo Scanning Software

Take Inventory
You first need to know how many photos you have to scan and then divide them into groups of 50 or a 100. That will allow you to approximate how long you need to scan the whole batch. You also need to group those that are badly degraded or damaged, so that you can work on them separately. Next, you should group the photos according to the time they were taken and who is in them. For example, photos that belong to family members only should be grouped together.

Those that have family members and guests should be in another group. Alternatively, you can group them according to events or dates. Depending on the way you group them, it will help you to sort them out later once they are in digital format. Finally, when saving the photos, remember to name them in a way that is easy to remember, do not use just numbers and dates.

Numbers and dates can look simple and easy to understand but later when you come back to look at them out, they won't. Get one or two words to describe the event in the photo, and you will not have an issue remembering what's in the photo before you even open it. It will also make it easy for others to understand the digital albums you will create later. That’s why sites encourage people t leave captions on the images they upload.

Technical Notes
The first few scans are going to take you a while to scan because you will not have mastered the software. That's expected even for the simplest imaging programs. However, ones you learn what works for you, document it. That way, you will be able to repeat the process exactly the same way in future.

There is always a chance you will forget one or two things if you don't document the process. Furthermore, if you decide to get someone to help you, they will find it easy to have documented steps to follow rather than just trying to remember each instruction you verbally gave them.

Don't Use Your Smartphone!
When scanning one or two photos to share with your family and friends, it's okay to use a phone. However, if you need to scan hundreds of images and maintain their quality, use scanner and Photo scanning software. Those two tools will help you get the images at a maximum resolution and clarity.

Using a phone can result in some images being blurry because of relative motion when you move while scanning the photos. On the other hand, the scanner sits perfectly still, and it can scan multiple photos at once. That not only gives you high quality scans, it also saves you a lot of time. Simply leave about an inch of space between individual photos when doing multiple scans at once.

The Scanner Bed
The scanner bed is the clear glass under which the scanner head moves as it scans the photos. On top, is the scanner bed cover, which is white and care should be taken not to smudge that white surface. The scanner bed should always be kept clean. To clean it, you need to wipe it with a dust-free lens cloth. The one that comes with eyeglasses and you should never use tissues and paper towels.

Those can deposit particles on the flatbed and end up ruining the photographs or smudging then scanner bed. If that happens, the scan you take will not be as perfect as they should be. If you notice any stains on the glass, moisten the dust-free cloth with vinegar and gently rub the stains off. The good news is that the scan bed rarely needs cleaning. You just need to keep the scanner properly covered while in storage at all times.

Scan In Color
The best color to scan your photos is the colored instead of black and white or grey. That will give you more freed on when you want to edit the photos. While you can choose to print in black and white or grey, you cannot print a non-colored image in color image. Furthermore, you need all your photos to be in color because that's what people like to see. If the photos are badly stained or have creases, separate them and do two scans for them, A colored scan and a grey scan. You can then use Photo scanning software from to edit out the imperfections or creases cause by folds.

Editing PhotosWhile you may feel confident of your photo editing skills, you should always make a copy of the scanned photos if you need to edit them. You can then play around with the copy until you get a clear and perfect edit. Using the original scan can be counterproductive if you erroneously save a change you did not intend to save. At best, create a digital copy of the original and save them in your preferred cloud storage. That way, you will always have access to the originals if anything goes wrong.

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File Format and Resolution
Should you use any compression format such as JPG or TIFF while scanning you photos? Well, the answer is no, you should not use any compression image formats. Unless you do not intend to edit them in future after you scan them. Compression formats get rid of a great deal of the image quality. That makes the images become blurry if you try to zoom the in or crop them. Personally, I use a automatic photograph scanner like ScanSpeeder to get the job done quickly.

With the abundance of cheap storage, there is really no need to compress photos bearing your precious memories. Unlike the original scan, you can compress the edited copies. That way you can share them easily without filling your phone's limited memory.


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