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Learn how to Scan Photos

Photo scanning software has taken photo scanning to a whole new level. It allows you to batch scan and is more cost effective than sending your photos off to a company to digitally scan for you. You can still use your flatbed scanner, but with the use of this software you are able to easily organize, save, and have easy access to all of your photographs. Let's take a look at how to scan photos using photo scanning software.


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Getting Started with Photo Scanning Software
Photo scanning software's efficient design works at its most efficient level when you've taken necessary steps to produce high-quality digital copies of your photos. To get started, place as many photos as you can on your flatbed scanner. You can use entire pages of scrapbooks or photo albums if you choose. You can also place the pictures, one-by-one, onto the scanner.

Before scanning, I just want to throw in there that it is best to scan your photos between 300 DPI (dots per inch, we're talking pixels here) and 600 DPI. This helps the scanner and software work together in the most efficient way possible and allows your pictures to maintain their high-quality details. Once you've got your pictures ready to go, you can then click the "scan" button to start scanning. After they've scanned onto the computer you can automatically extract and split into separate pictures.

You will be given the option to caption the pictures. You definitely want to do this, as later you may want to organize your pictures and having a caption/tag on them will make your life much easier. Once you've captioned your pictures you are ready to save your scanned photos.

How to Easily Organize Your Scanned Photos
Do you remember how popular it was to write on the back of photos? It was popular for a reason.Some of those reasons were so that you could remember the date, the event, the person in the photo, a funny story, etc. You could then later take those photos and easily organize them into photo albums, scrapbooks, even shoe boxes.

When you scan photos onto your computer there is no data attached to them. So unless you tag them using the caption feature, they could get lost among your other picture files. With ScanSpeeder you can easily search out and organize groups of pictures from the same time, same place, or with the same person. Simply add a tag to the picture as you're scanning (using the caption feature) and the next time that you need that picture or want to group it with different pictures, simply do a search for the keywords used as the tag. This helps to keep your pictures safe and easily found by keeping them organized.

How to Change the Orientation of the Photo Once it's Been Scanned
Depending on how you laid the picture on your scanner it could come in looking horizon, vertical, or upside down. That can be corrected after scanning and separating your pictures using ScanSpeeder.

It's a fairly easy correction to make. Simple click "all" if you are changing all of them, or hover your mouse over the one picture that you want to change if changing them separately. If doing just some of them you can hold down the ctrl key and click on the ones that you wish to work with.

If doing them one-by-one there will be little icons that show up on the picture, giving you the option to rotate the picture whichever direction you need to rotate it. If doing all of them or a handful of them look for the button above the pictures that says "right" or the button that says "left". These buttons will help you rotate all of the pictures in the direction that they need to go.

Batch Scanning Photos with Borders
Whether your photos are professionally done with a decorative border or something that you had hand written onto an old picture,photos with borders can be a little tricky to scan. With the border, many times just scanning them on a flatbed scanner will have them be obviously off centered or will sometimes have the border get completely cut off. Other times, the photo detection of scanners will only detect the photo itself, making it impossible to scan the border with it. That can turn into a headache fast when trying to scan pictures with border.

Most photo scanning software,like ScanSpeeder, have a feature built in that allows the program to not just scan in the picture itself. It will also adjust so that you can scan the border and keep your pictures looking the same as they did when out of the album or hard frame.

With ScanSpeeder, you can scan your photos onto your computer and then use the Auto Detection setting to pull in that additional content. Then, afterward,use the Auto Expand setting to expand your detection point further than the actual picture itself and capture the border beyond the picture.

How to Make the Most out of Your Scanning Software
When scanning the photos onto your computer choose the option to save them to both TIFF and JPG files. Saving to TIFFallows you to make multiple edits and not loose quality of the photo as you save multiple times. JPG is perfect for sending out pictures right away to friends and family. One of ScanSpeeder's features is that it allows you to save the pictures as both TIFF and JPG simultaneously without forcing you to scan them in twice.

Don't be afraid to scan directly from your photo album. There's no need to take the photos out of your album or scrapbook, which can result in damage to the photo if the pages are sticky. You can simply lay the album page on your flatbed scanner and scan the whole page in. ScanSpeeder allows you to separate each picture. You can also remove borders or keep borders based on your preference.

Most scanners don't scan all the way to the sides of the scanner. So you will want to leave a little extra room on the face of the scanner and not push the pictures directly up to the side. If you do, this can result in parts of your picture or album page being cut off. 

Leave a little bit of room between each picture. The scanning software allows you to separate the pictures, however if they are butted right up against each other, it will be a little difficult to do so. So leave at least 1/4 inch in between each picture. 

Don't forget to save your pictures. After you've scanned them onto your computer, don't rely on your hard-drive to keep them safe. Computers don't last forever, but you want your pictures to, so save them to CDs, DVDs, save them on the "cloud", or save them to thumb drives. For any external devices you save them to, be sure to stick them safely tucked away in a fireproof safe.

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