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Old 07-20-2002, 05:08 PM
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Just got Epson Perfection 2450!

WOW! What a nice machine. Im really pleased with the true scans Im getting. There appears to be no change in the image from the real thing to the computer then out again. And at 2400 dpi! Plus the slide scans are great also. Certainly adaquate for most enlarging work up to about 8x10. I have what I consider a almost perfectly focused shot in 35 and that enlarged to 16x20 with no problem. I think the main factor is the focus of the slide and height above the flatbed that the scanner focuses. I think that may vary with each machine. It seems that a high dollar machine would come with a way to adjust the flatbed altitude for a perfect focus. But mine seems fine.

Im curious, what dpi do most people start with for restoration work. My habit is twice the print dpi. If my printer prints at 314 then I will scan at 628, do the work at 628 the downsize. Is this a good idea? What advise does anyone have. The only reason I work at higher rez's is to allow enlargements or other possible future uses that I cant think of at the time.

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Old 07-22-2002, 05:16 PM
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Hmmmm. No responses.

Well right or wrong, this is what I do.

My scanner is an older Epson 1200U.

I have no experience with slides but a standard 4x6 or 5x7 I'll scan at 300ppi. If there is a chance they may be enlarged to anywhere near an 8x10 I'll scan at 600 ppi.

This method works fine with my Epson 1270 inkjet and has produced some very nice prints.
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Old 07-22-2002, 07:44 PM
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Hi Texan,
Welcome to Retouch Pro. Excellent review on the Epson2450. I have the 1650 Photo and I love it. For the price I think you can't go wrong with Epson products.

As to what dpi I scan at, it's usually around 300. Unless I know I will be printing poster size prints which is next to never. However, I am no expert on what resolution to scan at so don't take that as a an advice of authority.
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Old 07-22-2002, 08:53 PM
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I just saw this thread. Here's a site that has a lot of good scanning information.

This is a page on the site that deals with your question. Read this page, then go to the next page for color printers. Enjoy!

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Old 07-22-2002, 08:54 PM
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Someone will probably yell at me for posting this in the "wrong" section or something, but this seemed the ideal time to ask this question:

When you guys who scan and retouch or rework photographs do so, and have worked your magic and want to give your "customer" a quality product do you print it on your Epson on glossy paper or do you take it somewhere and have the digital made into a photo somehow? Just curious what the "last step" is...I think I understand everything up to that.

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Old 07-22-2002, 08:58 PM
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Oh - I meant to ask also of you Epson people if you have a way around the "problem" of epson printers leaving such a large gap at the end of the paper. I have thought of telling the printer the paper is larger than 8.5 x 11 and seeing if I can get it to print closer to that edge, but haven't yet. Any thoughts?
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Old 07-22-2002, 09:04 PM
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I think there have been a few discussions on that topic in the input/output forum. Here's one such thread. You'll probably find others in that forum as well.

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Old 07-22-2002, 09:16 PM
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Thanks Ed! That was helpful!

Now about the Epson gap at the end question...

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Old 07-22-2002, 09:27 PM
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I print on my Epson and for alot of the paper sizes I can print with no margins. It makes it nice. But even without that feature the printable space is a margin of 3 mm on top and sides with 14 mm at the bottom. That's on the 2000 P so I can't say much for the other Epson printers.
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Old 07-22-2002, 09:57 PM
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Tex - Regarding the focus of the Epson 2450- I found that the scanner has a pretty large depth of field. Over in the Scanned Objects thread I devised a little test (image is here) to determine how far from the scanner bed the 2450 can focus...the results were pretty impresive! Some higher end scanners do have the ability to focus but you have to pay a great deal more for that ($10k and up!)...especially for a flatbed.
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