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    By Dik Whibley on Tuesday, May 01, 2001 - 02:59 pm:

    I have a couple of hundred family photographs ranging from around 1900 to present day. I want to scan them and store on CD with a view to restoring them when time permits. Should I scan the monochrome prints in grayscale, removing any sepia ageing, or should I scan in colour? Any ideas and comments about how I should go about this task much appreciated. Fortunately my parents, both in their eighties, are helping me to identify the people and places.

    By Sharon Brunson on Tuesday, May 01, 2001 - 06:01 pm:


    Everything I have read says you should scan in color and convert to black and white in your program. I have gotten some really impressive detail using the channel mixer to change to monochrome although all the detail is usually on the same channel as the noise. I am in the same situation you are, a lot of old photos to scan. I use Vuescan and usually scan once at 1200dpi, once at 600dpi and sometimes another at 300dpi. That gives me plenty of options to enlarge and cd-r's are so cheap now. Hope this helps, Sharon

    By Doug Nelson (doug) on Wednesday, May 02, 2001 - 08:19 am:


    Personally, in that situation I'd make the highest-quality color scans I could manage, and burn them to CD-R in some non-lossy compressed format such as TIF-lzw (JPG and GIF are out, PSD would be needlessly large).

    There are thumbnailer programs such as Canto Cumulus, Thumbs Plus, Extensis Portfolio that would let you store all your parents notes along with a small image of the photo in a catalog file. I'd burn a copy of that catalog on the CD-R

    By Dik on Wednesday, May 02, 2001 - 03:37 pm:


    Thank you both for your suggestions. I will back track a little and start scanning in colour. I am using Paintshop Pro so I have stored in .PSP format (lossless) and stored comments in that formats info section

    By Wayne Nelson on Saturday, May 19, 2001 - 02:58 pm:


    The primary reason it is vital that you SCAN PHOTOS IN COLOR is the increase in image information that is made available through color scanning as opposed to grayscale scanning. You end up with approximately 3x the image information, which gives you an incredible advantage when it comes to any form of enhancement, manipulation and/or restoration. Remember, the more you change an image, the more damage is done to the image. Good Luck!
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    By Rey Mendoza on Thursday, June 28, 2001 - 05:55 pm:

    I have a 1/2 inch photo(1930) to be restored and enlarged.

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    by Doug Nelson
    By Ed Ladendorf on Sunday, July 29, 2001 - 06:59 am:

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    By Sharon Brunson on Wednesday, May 02, 2001 - 05:52 pm:

    Doug, you mentioned elsewhere in the forum that you use multiple scans that can reach up to 75mb. What software do you use and would you mind sharing a little more about your scanning techniques? Thanks, Sharon

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    By Doug Nelson (doug) on Monday, May 21, 2001 - 07:53 pm:

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