Here are three scanning mistakes and what you can do to get better looking slide, negative, photo scans...
Scan Mistake 1: Not Cleaning Your Slides, Negatives, Photos Before You Scan Them
If your scans have too much dust and debris, cleaning them BEFORE you scan them will help a lot. But you need to do this properly or youâ€™ll scratch them. Hereâ€™s how...
Use a lint-free cloth, and gently wipe the surface of the slide or photo. DO NOT press down hard, youâ€™ll scratch the surface. To handle negatives, use tweezers so you donâ€™t get your fingerprints on them.
Scan Mistake 2: Saving Your Scans At Low Quality JPEG Image Files
Before you save your scans as JPEG digital image, youâ€™ll need to adjust the â€ścompressionâ€ť level.
What I mean is, JPEGs are compressed to save hard drive space. But the higher the compression, the lower the image quality.
So you need to check your scannerâ€™s manual regarding JPEG compression levels, or check your File Saving settings. Make sure to change the compression level to the LOWEST setting for the HIGHEST quality.
Scan Mistake 3: Not Getting Help
I know, scanning is frustrating and takes a lot of time. Iâ€™ve been there. But after a lot of trial and error, and scanning 7 years for a living, Iâ€™m happy to share my scanning â€śsecretesâ€ť.
And if you learn to do just ONE scan properly, the rest will be easy.
So I invite you to check out my free slide, negative, and photo scanning tips and advice:
Thanks for reading!