How to obtain a suitable scan for professional photo restoration.
If you are unable to get your original photograph to me then you have the option sending me a digital scan of you photograph. Please read the guidelines below.
1. Scan should be made in colour, even for black and white images.
2. Scan should be saved in tiff format (jpegs are not recommended, because useful information is lost during file compression)
3. All automated image enhancement settings on scanner should be turned off.
4. Resolution of scan should be 300dpi if the maximum size that you wish to print your image is the same as the original. If you wish you image to be suitable for printing larger than the original then a higher scan resolution will be required.
For example if you wish to double the size then scan the original at 600dpi.
5. Photograph should be flat when scanned. Placing some paper on top of photograph during scan can help ensure the photograph remains flat during the scan.
6. If the image is creased then it will necessary to scan the image twice, once the correct way up and a second time rotated so the image appears to be upside down. The two images can then be combined during restoration to eliminate uneven lighting caused by the creases. This step is only necessary if there are creases in the photograph.
7. The quality of the scan will be affected by the type of scanner used. Epson photo scanners are recommended. Cannon scanners are not recommended.
8. File sizes are likely to be too large to be sent as email attachments. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a link to share files.