|Scanned image before tweaks.|
|Scanned image after tweaks.|
It’s scanning time! Now that Photoshop CS 5 is here and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) is too, I’ve pulled out my positives and negatives and started scanning. It’s become an obsession. I have seen some of my images in 10 years. Pictures from Cambodia, Vietnam, and, yes, those signs.
I’ve been doing this for two weeks now and have a pile of flatbed scanner tips. Before I start, I must warn you that I wanted to outsource my scanning to a place that has a drum scanner, so I could get the best possible scans. When I found out a scan is $30 a pop, I said out loud, “Forget that!”
Here are the scanning tips for negatives:
1. Study the negative or positive under light to determine its value as a large image, and be picky.
2. Look at your image while you use the tweaks on the scanner; attempt to keep as much detail as possible when using them.
3. Keep negative on side that hits the glass so that it is flat as possible on it.
I have an Epson 4490 that is several years old. It’s one of the best for a moderately priced flatbed scanner.
4. Scan at high resolution; I scan at about 6×9 inches at 600 dpi resolution.
5. Review your image after the scan; if there is unsalvageable clipping or blur, dump it.
6. After doing quite a bit of researching scanners. I found the to be the scanner giving the image a sharper result than most other scanners at this price or below. The best part is when you put the image into ACR to tweak. You have options that weren’t available a few years ago. Play with them. If your background is dull and unappealing, trade if for another. (That’s why I keep a stock of cloud images) and you can go from what you see in the first image to what you see in the second image.