Organizing and Scanning your Printed Photos to Digital

002-200x300 (Small)I have so many printed photos that it got overwhelming for me when I started to scan them into digital photos. The process was tedious because many of them were faded from age and some had scuff marks or were torn.

I used Photoshop to level out the tone, contrast and colour. Once all this was done and dusted, it became easier for me to create my Family History Slideshows. This is what I learned.

You don’t need to use hundreds of photos to create your Slideshows. You need to learn to choose the right ones.

How can you make this process of choosing your photos easier?

Digitally Archiving your Photos

Spend sometime to organize your family photos before scanning them. Remove poor quality blur photos or duplicates unless if they are the only photos that show your history or a particular person.

What you need to know when Scanning your Photos

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Mum and I at Zoo

You can purchase a basic photo scanner easily which will scan all your photos as required.

  1. Jpeg file format is the most common format used for scanning photos. It is acceptable for creating Photo Slideshows and PhotoBooks.
  2. Set your resolutions to 300dpi for printed photos. With 35mm Slides and negatives, a higher resolution of 2500 dpi or more is required.
  3. Make sure you crop the white edges before saving it.
  4. Some scanners come with colour correction or restore, dirt and dust removal. Use this to scan your photos as it will save you from manually correcting them with Photoshop or other software which can become time consuming. The results might be just enough for what you need.
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Before

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After

 

While scanning your photos, sort them into folders either by years or sections such as Birth, Childhood, Adult and Married Life or anything you feel will help you find a particular photo.

Once your scanning is complete, remember to back them up into an external hard drive or online storage facility other than your computer.

If you don’t have the time to scan your photos, call us on 07 31038438 and we can help you with your scanning needs.

About Alison Laverty

Alison Laverty is a Singapore born Eurasian of Portuguese descent. Specialising in multimedia, Alison creates photo slideshows and video production for families and businesses. Her mission is to help people honour life by celebrating and recognising their achievements through photographic and video memories. Alison is currently writing her forthcoming book of memoirs "The Human Touch - A Story About Connections".