Questions tagged [scanning]

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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Vuescan says 16 bits / pixel, photoshop says 8. Who stole my bits?

I scan a negative in VueScan, setting input bits/pixel to 16, and output as a raw file, also with bits/pixel set to 16. I turn on raw DNG format. Open in Bridge (which open in Adobe Camera Raw), then ...
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How best to digitally copy glass negatives?

I recently bought my first (5x4) glass negative on an auction site. I assumed it would be trivial to scan the plate then invert the negative on gimp. Well, it is trivial, but I'm not getting results ...
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How to take photo/scan of almost erased paper?

I need to scan a piece of paper where the ink is almost erased and is difficult to see it in simple sight. I think it was printed with a not so good ink. Is there some trick to make the lines/letters ...
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Scanning in B&W negatives on Epson V700 as individual images

Scanning in B&W negatives on Epson V700 to have individual images has suddenly gonE BACK TO film strips. I want individual thumbnails and this has been working so far? I haven't changed anything? ...
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Scanner accuracy

There are cases where you want to remove the paper texture when you scan. An often mentioned technique is to do two scans, rotating the paper 180° between the two. Then in an image editor you load ...
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How do I align color profiles across devices to scan images on paper?

I am scanning cyanotypes. My monitor is an Asus PB338, set to sRGB. The Apple monitor calibration system looks reasonable with the sRGB settings. My scanner is an Epson V800. I have my choice of two ...
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Scanning intentionally overexposed negatives

I have a question concerning the exposure settings when scanning negatives: Imagine I take a picture of mostly fog. Without manual correction, the camera would place the fog in zone V (middle grey) ...
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How to 'photoscan' large artwork canvases by combining multiple photos into single high resolution digital image without glare

Have a number of large (4x6 foot/ 120x180cm) acrylic paintings that I want to capture digital images of that will be suitable for re-printing large replicas of the paintings. Ideally, want to capture ...
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Correct exposure negative scan

I've just started scanning my families negatives. When I get the scan, it's a bit brighter than the print that was made that I can compare it to, but the print has less details in the dark areas. Alas,...
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Why are cross-processed photos coming out of the scanner overexposed?

I use a V500 scanner with Epson Scan 5.1.1, and usually have no problem scanning and getting a large dynamic range from various types of films and exposure choices. The only exception is with cross-...
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In 2021, which film scanners accepting different film formats are compatible with macOS Big Sur?

With Apple's recent rollout of their new iMac line, I have been considering upgrading my 2011 computer to something more modern. However, I know that my scanner, Epson V500, doesn't work with macOS ...
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Best method / hints on digitising a rolled up panoramic photo

Any suggestions for the best method of digitising an old school group photo? This is on a roll about 1 metre long and 130mm wide. Too long to fit on my scanner bed. It is also liable to cracking if ...
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Portra 400 looks desaturated and has sprocket leaks

Hi fellow photographers I'm a hobby film photographer for a few years now having a basic understanding of photographing, developing and scanning + postprocessing. In the past months i've shot only few ...
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What adjustments are most useful / typical for improving scanned slides that look flat and a bit magenta?

I have started to scan my slide collection (made between 1980 and 2000), using a Nikon CoolScan V-ED, and found that nearly all scans look flat and boring, and many have a magenta cast, some badly. ...
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What does it mean when a scanner or printer has asymmetric resolution (e.g., 600 x 1200)?

What does it mean when a scanner or printer has asymmetric resolution (e.g., 600 x 1200)? If you print/scan something that is quadratic, would you get different quality if you rotated it 90 °? Isn't ...
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Is there a good way to recover very thin negatives in VueScan?

I have some very thin, underdeveloped negatives. I was hoping to be able to recover them with VueScan, but what I get out of VueScan is extremely grainy. I realise there are limits to what can be done ...
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Hardware for scanning diapostives or negatives using flatbed scanner?

How can I scan negatives and diapositives using a flatbed scanner? What hardware do I need? I'm a little confused here, both regarding what I need and how it works. 10-15 years ago, I think, it was ...
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A file container for storing two lossless images?

I am scanning my card collection, and for each card I'm scanning the front and back. Now I'm looking for a file container that can store them into one single file, and this file should also be able to ...
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How does a drum scanner work?

I see photoshops offering drum scanning to 1 Giga Pixels and even more. How is a machine from the past able to extract so much information? In addition to how the scanning process functions, does ...
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Is there a common subset of exif metadata tags for scanned photographs?

I've recently been scanning a collection of photographs into jpeg files. I know how to use tools such as exiftool to examine and change metadata tags. But while I'm easily able to learn the technical ...
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I need advice organising and digitising old photos

Hello I have approx 1000 photos all mixed up from early 1900’s up to about 10 years ago. I’d like to digitise them so I can stop worrying about loss or damage. Are their any services out there that ...
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What's the point of scanning family photos at a higher resolution for later enlargement other than restoration?

I have a question about an answer on Genealogy & Family History Stack Exchange. According to this blog post found at the Library of Congress: You can scan [photos] at a higher resolution [I'm ...
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Preferred scan orientation for all-in-one scanner

I want to scan a photograph using the flatbed scanner in my all-in one printer (Samsung C460W). The long side of the photograph is shorter than the short side of the scan bed, so I could scan it in ...
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Vuescan focus batch-scanning slides on Nikon LS-8000

I would like to scan batches of 5 mounted 35mm slides in my Nikon LS-8000, using Vuescan. I am confused about how best (and easiest) to achieve good focus. The simplest thing is to set the focus ...
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What is the usefulness and best conversion software of TIFF file format for scanned slides

I will use an external provider to scan 1000+ old slides ("diapositives"), mostly family snapshots made a few decades ago. The provider offers by default standard definition jpg (512 x 340 ...
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Maximum useful resolution for scanning 35mm film

I have no particular project in mind so I'm just asking in order to have a better understanding: Let's say I'm an artist shooting pictures with a 35mm camera and my point would be to make really big ...
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Why is there heavy dust and scratches only on the darker part of scanned color prints?

I was scanning my color prints and while postprocessing them, after descreen, I had noticed a trend that there were always a lot of dust and scratches on the darker part of the image, while the ...
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Batch scanning of family archive: speed of flatbed vs. film scanners?

I want to scan a large archive of family film negatives, and am pondering between buying a flatbed versus dedicated film scanner. While quality is still important, we are not aiming at too high ...
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What could cause these spots on my scanned negatives?

I just had 4 rolls of film processed and scanned, and have been emailed the scans but have not seen the actual negatives yet. The first thing I noticed is some spots in exactly the same location on ...
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Filter for denoising of an old document scan

I hope this is the right forum to ask this. I've got some old documents (part of a drawing) that I want to scan, but the original documents are quite old and the color has degraded (although the paper ...
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How do I keep my paper perfectly flat on flatbed scanner?

I am scanning a photobook, I have unbinded the book and scanning the pages one by one to my Epson Perfection v600. The problem I ran into is that the pages couldn't lay completely flat on the bed, the ...
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Printing negatives: from scans or direct?

Is there a fundamental difference between legacy printers that print from negatives, versus trendy-film shops that print from scans? I'm just surprised that my printed 35mm film photos aren't ...
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How can I restore this scratched 1930s print?

I could use some tips on restoring a scanned print of a family photograph from the 1930s. The photo is heavily scratched, but I would like to restore as much as possible. Any tips on removing the ...
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Remove tiny colourful fibers (not dust) from scanned image

I have imaged scanned in 600 dpi. The paper is old, specially designed, with visible texture and tiny colourful fibers being part of its structure. I'd like to "extract" image from it. ...
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Open source Software to find and extract scanned negative frames from Kodak Disc and Minox negatives

I am looking for open source software that will find negatives on a sheet of scanned negatives and extract each one. Some of these negatives are Kodak disc, so the software needs to find rectangles of ...
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Annotating scanned photos so that the results are portable

I've scanned the almost-six-hundred photos in my Dad's family photo albums, but now I need to enter the notes he wrote next to each image, listing people, locations, (approximate) dates, and other ...
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Film scans came back very blue

I've taken below photo with my Nishika n8000 using the cloudy/poor light mode (I believe it then picks an aperture of f/8). I used Kodak Ultramax 400 and a flash for a majority of the shots which were ...
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Can I use my Canon Pixma AiO printer for scanning film?

I would like start scanning 120 and 35mm films, but my flatbed scanner (Canon Pixma 9155 AiO printer) doesn't officially support this. It doesn't come with a film holder, the software doesn't support ...
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4 color prints scanning

I recently got a poster scanned that sized over 218 mb, it was really a huge size. I discovered that while scanning it had pixels with CMYK 4 color process colors intact. So my question is that, is ...
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Why are flatbed-scanned images warped when compared to itself scanned & rotated 90 degrees?

This has been absolutely baffling me. I scanned an image both vertically and horizontally on the flatbed of my HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw using Windows Fax and Scan. I then used Gimp to rotate ...
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Poorly scanned or poorly shot film roll?

Edit: Here are samples of the negatives.. 29, 32, and 33 were the photos I showed I'm hoping I could have some input on what exactly went wrong with this Portra 400 35mm roll of film. I've been ...
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Create ICC Profile for Negative film

Hello i am looking for simple way to scan film negatives in a reproducable manner. I want to be able to judge and compare my exposures across films.I own an Epson v550 and after fiddeling around with ...
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What are good ways to scan a sheet of negatives?

I have several binders filled with PrintFile 35mm negative holders and sheets of contact prints. Unfortunately, not all of the negative sheets have been scanned. I can put them on a flat bed scanner ...
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How do 35mm film scanners deal with the film base color?

I want to build a jig to scan 35mm film using my digital camera (something similar to https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2789457 or http://www.frogymandias.org/3-d/index.html). I have seen several ...
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How can I correct scanned negatives for vignetting caused by a low-end scanner?

I bought a cheap medion scanner which turned out to be a bad idea since the light in it is not evenly distributed and gives a kind of vignette How can I correct it in an open source program that runs ...
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How good are sub $100 no-name brand scanners?

I have a bunch of films I want to scan from, back in the day, holiday photography (i.e., nothing prize winning) I have also recently taken up black and white film photograph for fun. So I have been ...
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What maintenance does a negative scanner need?

I have an old Nikon 5000 film scanner that I use 4-6 times a year now as I slowly digitize thousands of old negatives and slides. I have not done any maintenance on it since getting it about five ...
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What's the right way to make digital representations of prints?

I'm mostly a film-and-paper photographer: I take pictures, process the film and then make prints in the darkroom. The end-product of what I do is very definitely a bit of paper. But I'd like to be ...
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What could cause vertical lines in scanned photos?

My CanoScan 8800f has recently begun introducing vertical lines in all my scans. I believe this started occurring after I had removed the top cover multiple times to clean the dust from the underside ...
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why won't my photos compress past a certain size?

I'm having issues compressing my film scans to a suitable size for use on my website. for example, I have a .jpg file with a size of 17.4 MB. I opened the photo in Photoshop and tried two methods: ...
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