While today’s society has an intense infatuation with digital images and movies, your grandparents might have had a similar infatuation with photos. Many elderly people have amassed a wealth of images. Regardless of how old the photos are, you can easily transform them into digital images. You will need some hardware, but all of the pieces are inexpensive, easy to use and fairly general. Most people already have the things that they need to perform this simple task. Turning the photos into digital images will ensure that they don’t fade away or deteriorate.
Before talking about how to turn the photo into an image, you should understand that you can literally make a digital copy of any photo. It doesn’t matter if the photo is faded and deteriorating. You might even be able to remove some of the deterioration if you know how to use photo-editing software.
Another thing to remember is that it’s best to make a digital copy as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter how well you care for the photos. They will eventually fade. Having a digital copy will ensure that you can still view the image even if the photo disintegrates.
This is the most common way to make a digital copy of photos, and it will also deliver the best results. There are many types of scanners, but a common flatbed one will be the best. Film scanners are too small and mobile scanners typically don’t offer reliable resolution.
Most scanners allow you to change the resolution of the scan. This determines how many pixels are used in the digital image, and also how well the image looks. Some scanners use arbitrary terms to describe the resolution. For example, you might have to pick a term like “Low” or “Good.” It’s often best to pick the term in the middle or at the top.
Other scanners will allow you to pick the exact resolution. This is much more dependable. You should set the resolution to at least 300dpi, but there’s usually no reason to go beyond 600dpi unless you plan on printing a poster or large copy.
How To Scan
Place a photo on the scanner with the image facing towards the glass. Launch the scanning software and click the “Preview” button. This will show you a low-resolution scan. Use the “Crop” tool to ensure that only the image is scanned. This will prevent the surrounding area from being scanned, which will reduce the memory requirements of the image.
Click the “Scan” button when you are ready, and the scanner will create the digital copy. Be sure to open the image when you are finished to ensure that it looks good. If it doesn’t, then change the resolution and try scanning again.
If you want to make changes to the image, like changing the color or removing imperfections, then open the file in a photo-editing program. Most of these programs have simple tools that allow you to make changes in a matter of seconds.
This isn’t ideal because the resolution isn’t as reliable and you might get interference from bad lighting, but it’s an alternative method if you don’t have a scanner. You can use either a digital camera, or a camera attached to a smartphone.
Place the photo against a neutral surface with good lighting. For example, turn on all of the available lights and place the photo on a white table. Your camera should have a tool that allows you to change the resolution. Place it on the highest setting for the best results.
Take the picture and then upload the image to your computer. You can do this by connecting the device to your computer with a USB cable and then moving the image from your camera folder to the desktop. Since this can be somewhat time consuming, you should only do it when you are finished taking pictures.
Making a digital copy of your grandparent’s old photos is incredibly easy. While a digital camera can work well, a scanner is much more reliable. Just properly set the resolution, place the photo on the scanner’s glass and keep scanning until everything is copied. This should only take a few hours at most.
Author: Katelyn Williams is a technology and lifestyle writer, and writes about helpful topics such as where to find the best senior laptops.
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