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is an activity performed by a device that optically scans images, printed text, handwriting, or an object, and converts it to a digital image. Common examples found in offices are variations of the desktop (or flatbed) scanner where the document is placed on a glass window.

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How to sync EXIF data and date information from iPhoto to Flickr

I've recently started a process of scanning old photo albums. I had settled into a nice workflow scanning a few images at a time and using iPhoto to add descriptions and change the dates, thinking ...
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How to automatically crop white space from multiple images? [duplicate]

I have recently scanned a bunch of old photo prints to digital for a slide show but all of them have a bunch of white space around them like this: /\ ...
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Are there any method for automatically detecting dust on silver halide based film?

I'm looking for a technique that allows me to scan silver halide based film while the scanner automatically detects dust. unfortunately using a scanner featuring Digital ICE technology to ...
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How does HP Scanjet G3110 scanners compare to Wolverine Super F2D film scanner?

How does HP Scanjet G3110 (or G4050) scanners compare to Wolverine Super F2D film scanner? which one would produce higher quality scans for 35mm negatives? I am not sure how should I compare these ...
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How can I remove color cast created by a defective scanner?

I scanned my photo using an HP Scanjet scanner, but scanner CCD sensor has a problem and the result is a scanned image as below: As you can see in the image, there is additional color cast. Is it ...
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Large red stripes in negative scan

I am using a HP G4050 Negative Scanner to scan some of my negatives and suddenly I started to get these strange type of blots, all my scanning are getting all blurred in red, already tried to change ...
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When scanning a printed photo, the resulting file is of less quality or resolution than the original?

In other words, can a photograph (or any other printed image) be scanned and the output yield a file that can be used to print a copy with the same resolution/sharpness as the scanned material?
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Why aren't the 35mm film scans I got back from a lab at a 3:2 aspect ratio?

I let my film get developed and scanned at a Fuji Lab in Japan and always receive a DVD with images of 4336x3036 pixel resolution, which is an aspect ratio of about 1.428194:1. I always thought 35mm ...
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What's the best way to remove discolouration of scanned photographs?

I'm got a batch of printed photos which I am scanning to store a digital copy of and possibly enlarge them for printing. I've scanned them at the maximum quality (600DPI) and saved it with the least ...
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How to remove white spots from a scanned picture?

I have a photo and I scanned it, but the scanned version introduced a lot of white spots on the image. I think the problem is the type of paper of the photo, which is not smooth a bit rough. There's ...
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What is the source of this banding in scans of B/W photographs?

I digitize B/W photos using an old CanoScan FB630U scanner and VueScan under Mac OS X. I scan these photos as 600 dpi tiff files. Some files show a longitudinal banding (in the same direction as the ...
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How to “scan” oversized documents with DSLR?

I tried a variety of search terms and came up empty, so here we go! I want to digitize a collection of maps. All I have at home is a dinky A4 scanner. There are no oversize scanners to be found in my ...
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Officejet Pro 8600 Plus or Epson Perfection 1650 for Photo Scanning?

I have an old Epson Perfection 1650 scanner and a new HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus printer with attached scanner. The Epson scanner is 10 years old, is 1600 dpi and is intended as a photo scanner. The ...
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How to use a Kodak Gray Scale to color-proof image scans?

I am familiar with the usage of a (Kodak) Gray Scale card when photographing, e.g. to get a color-proof replica of a painting. Now, I'd like to use such a card to ensure my scans are color-proof. At ...
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Can I get sharper 35mm negative scan with a CanoScan 8800f flat-bed scanner?

I have recently bought a CanoScan 8800f scanner for digitizing my 35mm negative. On the software side, I'm using VueScan and GIMP running on Ubuntu LTS. However by comparing my scans with the ones ...
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What is a “color film copy transparency”?

Library of Congress usually has different versions of digitized works. see this example What is "color film copy transparency"? and what is its different with "digital file from original"?
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What are the optimal settings for scanning photos?

I would like digitalize all my photos and I bought the Canon CanoScan 9000F. I have no problem of space and hence want to scan the photos with the highest possible quality. For a printed photo, is ...
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What is the best way to get good quality digital pictures from negatives?

What is the best way to get good quality digital pictures from negatives? I mean, I have a lot of negatives with pictures of my childhood that I really want to recover, but I'm not sure what process ...
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Do developed negatives lose quality over time?

I am considering scanning my B&W and color negative films. I will most likely rent a scanner for this. Many of the negatives may be some 30-40 years old. Two questions: I wonder whether the ...
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How much post processing advantage is gained when scanning 35mm negatives as TIFF rather than JPG?

I am sending some C41 colour film to be developed. I'm not going to be requesting any prints, just scans of the negative to CD. I can choose between high resolution, high quality JPG or TIFF. The ...
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How do I sort digital photos and scans together in Lightroom 4?

I have many images captured with a digital camera and many that I've scanned from negatives and stills. I use the Edit Capture Date... option to set the capture time of the scan. However, when I sort ...
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Industrial scale automated photoscanner?

I'm looking for method to scan over 6 million images for a huge digital archive (conversion from all kinds of sizes to one dpi/resolution). Obviously the man hours involved make this a big of a big ...
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Is a low-resolution scan of B&W negatives expected from a drugstore?

Shoot a roll of ilford color process B&W. Take to Walgreens. Receive CD (and negatives). Import to Aperture, crop a bit, and ask for an 8x10. Get a warning that there's not enough pixels to make a ...
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Batch processing/retouching scanned film with severe artifacts

An aunt asked me to scan some film for her (my best guess is they're 40+ years old), but my usual workflow has been challenged. Some background: I use Linux. And I have an Epson Perfection V350 ...
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Is it feasible to use an iPhone as a slide scanner?

Is it practical to scan a bunch of 35mm slides with an iPhone?
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Scan using Image Capture at more than 8-bits bit depth

I have an HP Deskjet 3054. I'm scanning using Apple's Image Capture app, and am trying to set the bit-depth to something higher than the default as all of my images come into Photoshop as 8-bit. I'd ...
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How can I make my own film scanner using a DSLR camera?

How can I make my own film scanner (35mm) using a 16MP DSLR camera? For using the camera, I understand that I basically need a soft and even light source and a macro lens to focus on the films from ...
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How can I export TIFF images to JPEG with no adjustments, using Lightroom?

I use Lightroom (version 3 now, probably 4 soon) to work with my raw images. When exporting to JPEG, Lightroom applies a number of adjustments, even if I leave all the settings at the default. This ...
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Best Digital Scanning techniques - help

I want to scan a paper shown below. Actually I need the photo of the jets taking off, I dont need the entire newspaper. This is what I have - I have to do color scanning, I have a HP scanner which ...
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Scanning film photograph for backup and archives

My mom asked me to scan all her photos both for the reason of having a backup in case of fire and so she can have them digitally. My scanner (Doxie) has the option of several different file formats ...
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How should I choose a flatbed scanner for scanning prints?

I have several dozen to a hundred or so color prints I would like to scan. They are snapshots taken in the last 20 years and are mostly 4x6". I would like help choosing a flatbed scanner to do this ...
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How do I quantify the quality of a scan relative to the original?

For example, I imagine scan quality factors to assess include: color reproduction, scale, optical resolution, etc. Only real comparison I have for what I'm attempting to understand is how a monitor ...
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How to isolate an object or drawing when scanning? [closed]

For instance, when I cut out a speech bubble and scan it, there is a whitish background; I want to get rid of this without using an image manipulation program. Are there setting that I have to change ...
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Using sheetfed scanner to scan photo prints and postcards

I inherited thousands of photographs (negatives + prints) and postcards. My plan is to select from each film the photos I want to keep and feed them to a sheetfed scanner. This prevents me from using ...
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What is the best way to digitize old photographs for preservation?

What is the best way to digitize old photographs? I scanned some of them and there was a reduction in quality due to the scanning process. I also have some photos where scanning is impossible - the ...
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How to proceed after having developed the negatives?

There are a lot of excellent questions (and answers!) about the process of developing (BW) film at home. I would like to try my hand at it, too. But it's not exactly clear how to proceed after ...
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Is it better to scan negatives or prints?

I've been wondering this for awhile now. Is it better to scan a 35mm negative, or a larger print from the negative? Which will provide a better scan? Does this change when moving to a larger film, ...
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How can I scan film from APS canisters?

You may remember APS film. It came out in the 90s, and was quickly replaced by digital. The film was connected to the cannister in a clever way that allowed you to rewind mid-roll. Are there any ...
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Is there a software to automatically crop a scan of multiple images?

I want to digitize my old family albums using a scanner and there are lots of photos in them. Thus far, my method has been to scan 4 images at a time and then manually cropping them in a simple editor ...
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How could I get scanner-like images with a camera?

I want to learn how to set up my Canon DS4061 Rebel to take clear pictures of a standard book... but I get poor photos with grey background and the black of the print is not black, but grey also. Now ...
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Why do my scanned images have lines across them?

As you can see in the example, my scanned images have horizontal and vertical lines across them. They are very noticeable in dark areas of the image. The original print is a 4x6 matte finish print. ...
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What are the major differences when digitizing slides/negatives with a DSLR vs. a scanner?

A flickr discussion, pointed in an answer to another question, got me excited in scanning old slides & negatives with a tripod, lightbox, macro lens and a DSLR (or with a similar set). I have ...
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Scanning to include sprockets. How do i get rid of the blue blotches?

Epson v500. when not using either of the film masks i get these blue blotches in the scan. I've tried epson scan and vuescan. Anyone know how to get it to scan without the blotches?
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What is the “Newton Effect”?

I was just chatting with a photographer friend of mine, and he mentioned wanting "anti-newton glass"... I didn't know what that was, so I did a google search. I quickly figured out that it was ...
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does anyone here know of a scanner that will auto-crop perfectly every time, without having to preview the image first or edit it afterwards?

We need it for scanning large numbers of different books, which are never standard sizes, as quickly as possible. Surely such a scanner exists but I cannot seem to find one? Everything seems to be ...
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how to properly clean inside a scanner

I have an Epson Perfection 2400 PHOTO Scanner. It has been a great device scanning both printed images and negatives. It is about 5 years old. Over time, I have noticed that the scanned image ...
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What's the best way to scan in hundreds of pictures?

I have thousands of old pictures which were sitting in a photo album. Unfortunately, instead of the photo album protecting the pictures, the plastic coverings yellowed, and the pictures themselves had ...
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What's the most likely cause of grain in this photo?

I took this photo recently w/ an old Pentax K1000, using 400 ISO film, and an f/1.7 aperture. Is this graininess just inherent to shooting w/ this sort of film / lighting? Or, is it partially/largely ...
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Where is a really good place to get film developed by mail?

I'm looking for a place to get my 35mm film (color slide and B&W) developed and scanned by mail with a focus on quality. I have a good local shop about 10mi away from me that does great ...
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How to manual focus Nikon Coolscan 4000 using Vuescan?

How to be sure that the scanner (Nikon Coolscan 4000) focuses correctly and if not, how can I manually focus it using Vuescan?