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Old 06-09-2007, 03:06 PM
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Keeping information with Scanned Family Photos

Does anyone use or has anyone developed a system for keeping information about a scanned photo with the photo...the equivalent of writing on the back of the photo with a pencil.

I'm planning on scanning a number of old family photos to preserve them...and I would like to find a way to keep the information (names of people in the photo, place, year, etc) so that it goes with the new digital photo even if the file format is changed.

I realize there are a multitude of programs to organize your photos, but these programs need to travel with the photos so viewers in the future can read the file.

Anyone have any suggestions other than adding a text box to each photo?
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Old 06-09-2007, 04:42 PM
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Re: Keeping information with Scanned Family Photos

hi,
I use a shareware program , GWSPRO, now it has a lot of features but one of the things it can do is that you can add a caption, caption is part of the picture but it located at the bottom of the picture Not on the picture....

you can put in up to about 256 characters...
yo can download the demo version, fully operational and no time limit, from alchemymindworks.com ..... and see if it works for you..

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Does anyone use or has anyone developed a system for keeping information about a scanned photo with the photo...the equivalent of writing on the back of the photo with a pencil.

I'm planning on scanning a number of old family photos to preserve them...and I would like to find a way to keep the information (names of people in the photo, place, year, etc) so that it goes with the new digital photo even if the file format is changed.

I realize there are a multitude of programs to organize your photos, but these programs need to travel with the photos so viewers in the future can read the file.

Anyone have any suggestions other than adding a text box to each photo?
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Old 06-11-2007, 07:57 AM
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Re: Keeping information with Scanned Family Photos

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hi,
I use a shareware program , GWSPRO, now it has a lot of features but one of the things it can do is that you can add a caption, caption is part of the picture but it located at the bottom of the picture Not on the picture....

you can put in up to about 256 characters...
yo can download the demo version, fully operational and no time limit, from alchemymindworks.com ..... and see if it works for you..
Yes, thanks I've downloaded the latest version and there doesn't seem to be any limit on the "evaluation" version.
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Old 06-11-2007, 02:26 PM
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Re: Keeping information with Scanned Family Photos

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your welcome..... as you noticed there isn't any limitations at all including time.... the only thing is a nusance screen and that it... although I didn't need to , I like it so much that I bought it...!!
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Yes, thanks I've downloaded the latest version and there doesn't seem to be any limit on the "evaluation" version.
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Old 06-11-2007, 11:47 PM
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your welcome..... as you noticed there isn't any limitations at all including time.... the only thing is a nusance screen and that it... although I didn't need to , I like it so much that I bought it...!!
I found it bit disconcerting that, when using the captioning feature, you don't see the photo you are working on, but a photo that comes with the program (In my version a red car).

What font size do you find works the best?
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Old 06-12-2007, 11:01 AM
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Re: Keeping information with Scanned Family Photos

hi,
I know what you mean on the red car.. smile... the first time i used I thought I had tag the wrong picture...lol .....

I guess the intent of the programers is just to give you a rough idea what the text looks like in relation to a "startard" size picture.

but what bothers me in that regard is when I have a very narrow picture.... the display doesn't give the correct perspective of the text.... sometimes i go back have to change the font size ...

on font size... depends on picture and in some cases how it going to be used... and your own preferences .
1. myself on most pictures I will use a 25pt and check mark bold... I find for me this is easily to read and it works great for me in most cases...
2. but i will go to a smaller font size if I am dealing with a very narrow picture and I want to make sure certain info gets on a single line....
3. but when doing special projects like a album or for webpage... then anything goes.. because your looking at the rest of the text on the pages, plus your font style and such...

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I found it bit disconcerting that, when using the captioning feature, you don't see the photo you are working on, but a photo that comes with the program (In my version a red car).

What font size do you find works the best?
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Old 06-12-2007, 11:13 AM
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Re: Keeping information with Scanned Family Photos

You can also use the metadata area of a file. Open this file in Photoshop and use the File Info command (under the File menu).
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Old 06-12-2007, 03:49 PM
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You can also use the metadata area of a file. Open this file in Photoshop and use the File Info command (under the File menu).
Doug, there doesn't seem to be an attached image...
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Old 06-12-2007, 04:02 PM
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Re: Keeping information with Scanned Family Photos

It's just a small, white image. Rightclick on the thumbnail and save it (that's the entire image).
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Old 06-12-2007, 04:17 PM
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You can also use the metadata area of a file. Open this file in Photoshop and use the File Info command (under the File menu).
Thanks Doug
But does this method put the information on the photo so that it is visible when the photo is printed?
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