Advice 1: How to digitize black and white photos

Digitize old photos from family albums or rare celebrity photos using a digital camera or flatbed scanner. This will allow you to create archives of digitized photos and keep the scans of the photos in the best quality.
How to digitize black and white photos
Save black and white photo of the family archive, footage of a military chronicle or history of the country for an unlimited period of time, transferring them to digital format. Priceless documents, the faces in the faded photographs are kept in family albums, in boxes lie. They crumble, deteriorate from moisture, break from dry, fade. These photos and documents could not be repeated, as it is impossible to return the past time. Save them you want the descendants to remember their roots and their history and appreciate it. It's one thing to hear about war and quite another to see the face of his great-grandfather in military uniform, before leaving for the front, to catch a General generic resemblance, to feel the common past and present.

Digitizing with a digital camera

One of the ways to digitize old photos – take a photo with a digital camera. Transfer and save the files to a separate folder on your computer with no additional image processing or after retouching and enhancements in the photo editor. Having sorted all images can create large files.

The disadvantages of this method needs to return the glare, distortion when photographing, if a photographing Amateur. Better if it will make a professional photographer with special equipment. It's not cheap and if the old photographs a lot, then this method becomes very costly.

Digitizing with a scanner

An alternative method of digitizing photos is much easier. It is available to the computer user, with the status of the advanced user.

Just scan the photo, save it in a separate folder and expensive pictures will be available for viewing on any computer, laptop or mobile device and to print copies.

To use for this purpose the best flatbed scanners with a resolution of about 2400 DPI or higher. Scanners, included multifunction (printer+scanner+copier) is mainly for copying the documents and do not provide quality images when scanning.

Find in devices of your computer, the scanner, right-click "scan" and once the scan is complete, save the file by selecting the appropriate format.

If you intend to print, then save in the format of Photo.

If you want to save the resulting image in the best form possible, then choose the format BMP. This format takes up to several hundred megabytes, so remember that your computer may not be enough for all digitized so photos.

The most common JPEG format compresses images, therefore, quality loss is inevitable, but not critical. But it will allow you to save to your computer many files and create a large archive.

After saving the scanned images, they can be processed in any graphic editor. Better, of course, the program Adobe Photoshop, but it's perfect and Paint Net.

Digitize old photos you need urgently without any delays. There are cases when the heirs put it on the trash piles of old photo albums without having the desire or ability to store the history of a bygone people.

Who knows what the old album, in which house can be kept unknown photos of famous writers or retired politicians. Maybe your ancestors once had their picture taken with the students or Lyubov Orlova? Digitize history, frozen in old photographs, for posterity, do not take the time for it.

Advice 2 : How to start scanning

The presence of the scanner makes life easier for the user who often copy text and images. Obtained by scanning the files can be edited, stored on a computer or upload to the Internet. Work with this kind of copying equipment can be enjoyable and interesting if you install the right software and properly configure the scanner.
How to start scanning
You will need
  • computer;
  • scanner;
  • - Adobe Photoshop or another image editor;
  • - Abbyy FineReader.
Install the software. To scan images suitable for many programs, including free. The principle of operation is the same for all, therefore, to develop the process for example Adobe Photoshop. For text files there is Abbyy FineReader. This is a paid program, but there are enterprise versions that cost much less. If you are going to work a lot with texts, without this software you cannot do.
Before connecting the scanner, make sure it has drivers. If the device is new, then included and a CD with drivers. When there is no disc go to the manufacturers website where there should be drivers for all models released by the firm.
Connect the scanner. This can be done in two ways. Most often used installing a local scanner when the device is connected directly to your computer. This requires only a USB cable. Usually it is included. Will fit any other cable with the appropriate connectors. Insert one connector into the corresponding socket located on the rear panel of the device. A second connector connected to the USB port of the computer. Don't forget that the system needs to define the new device.
Sometimes it is necessary to install a network scanner. Exactly the same as in the first case, connect the scanner to your computer using a USB cable. Then through the "start" button go to "control Panel", and in it find option "Network". Through the "network and sharing Center" come in "View network computers and devices". Locate in the list of devices your scanner and click "Install". You will see the setup wizard. Follow the wizard's prompts. The last button that you must click "Done". After that the scanner can work.
Open the program. In the main menu, locate the File tab. In different programs the process is initiated by the functions with different names. It could just be "Scan", "Get image from scanner", etc. In some older versions of Adobe Photoshop this function is called through the line "Import image". Sometimes you need to select the type of scanner. In any case, before you should see the scan window.
Set the options you want. The interface may be different, but in any case there are Windows that need to be put in the form of an image (color or black and white) and resolution. The program may suggest you to put also the style. The parameters depend on the purpose of scanning and the quality of the image.
Sometimes it makes no sense to scan the entire document. In this case, very useful the option "Preview". Corresponding button is located under the scan window. Clicking on it, you will learn how your document will look like after scanning. Select the desired area or the entire document. Click "Scan" and then begin the process.
Useful advice
The text file you will need to recognize. To avoid problems with editing, correctly set the language and identify the type of unit. The first is a special window at the top of the screen, the second find in the tab "Image".

Of image-editing programs allow you to save the scanned files in different formats. Select the one that best suits your goals.
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