Matt, scan all you photos with a flatbed scanner using a black card on top of them and also a large, heavy book on top of them. This will flatten out the photo and you will get a good scan.
Adjust your levels also before you scan.
What kind of scanner are you using? Do you know how to set up for levels of pure black and white, or the darkest spot on the image etc? If not, there should be an auto scan button that you could click on.
Make sure you use preview so that you will get a good double scan for quality. Try to scan at 150% or 200% from the original. This will get you the best results. You can reduce the image of the file later. If you had a very small photo that you wanted to scan, than you certainly would want to scan at a higher percentage. More bang for the buck and more detail at higher percentages.
After scanning, in Photoshop, size your image for high-end use at 300 DPI. 4800 DPI is really extreme and not needed. Next, unclick the DPI button and adjust the size also to an 8"x10" image for a general size. Go to Sharpen/Unsharp Mask. Click Unsharp Mask, 100% threshold 3.5. 25%. This will restore the sharpness that you have lost while scanning.
Next in Photoshop, go to auto levels to adjust the levels whether in RGB, before converting to CMYK or B&W.
Next, If you want to lighten areas go to Curves. Generally, use the x-spot in the middle if you are unfimiliar with the curves. Slide the x diagonally at 45 degrees left or right so that the image looks good and click OK.
Save the file as black and white or RPG. Save the file and name it.
I am only suggesting simple steps to preserve your family's photos. There are many other ways to scan and manipulate the images for professional use in Photoshop.
Hope this will help you get started.
Hi, I am about to get started scanning a bunch of old family photos, and I have a few questions.
-A lot of my photos are bent and stuff, so I wanted to know if any one has a good technique of getting them level and straight when scanning them, or editing them to level them.
- Also, is 4800 dpi a good resolution (file size is no object because theyre geting burned to a dvd)
- Any other general tips or tricks on scanning quickly, efficiently, and getting good quality photos.
(i have a mac mini with iphoto and adobe photoshop so plenty of editing options)
Thanks in advance,