I’ve finally begun to scan my old photos. I’ll show you the hardware and software I decided on. I wanted something fast and easy.
I choose the Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner (currently $220-$230).
It’s a “best seller” at Amazon. It is very fast and has “6400 x 9600 dpi for enlargements up to 17 Inches x 22 Inches”. I’m very happy with it.
This whole topic is way more info than you or I need.
Photo prints are generally 300 DPI I scanned mine in at 600 DPI so that I was sure to have max info to work with. I let the scanner software take care of the rest.
Info if you want it.
99designs – PPI vs. DPI: what’s the difference?
PCWorld – Preserve all your precious images (the right way)
UPT – What is a Pixel?
DPS – How to Understand Pixels, Resolution, and Resize Your Images in Photoshop Correctly
All About Digital Photos – The Myth of DPI
The Scanner Software
The scan quality of the pictures were great. The rest I’m not happy with.
– One of the selling points was the ability to scan multiple photos at once and have it automatically separate them into individual pictures. It failed miserably at this task:
6 pictures on scanner. It picked up 4.
Changed pic positions. It picked up 4.
Changed pic positions. Removed 1 pic (now 5). It picked up 5 but combined 2 for a total of 4 pics.
Changed pic positions. It picked up 5 but combined 2 for a total of 4 pics.
Changed pic positions. Removed 1 pic (now 4). It picked up 4 but combined 2 for a total of 3 pics.
Changed pic positions. Scanned 4 pics as a single pic.
Changed pic positions. It picked up 4 but combined 2 for a total of 3 pics.
Changed pic positions. It picked up 4 but combined them for a total of 2 pics.
Removed on pic for a total of 3. It picked up 3 but combined them into 2.
Changed pic positions. It picked up 3 but combined them into 1.
Re-positioned the 3 pics. Used advanced mode and used preview to mark each pic. This is the only method that seems to work perfectly.
– “Digital ICE Technology can remove dust or scratch marks without affecting the image composition.”
Uh-huh. Here is a photo scanned with it:
Photoshop Elements 2020
$100 Full Version, $80 Upgrade ( I had bought Elements 11 some years ago).
I tried many suggested alternatives. They were powerful too but required interaction that took too long. I wanted a click or two and be done with it.
Photoshop Elements 2020 was exactly what I was looking for.
Download it from here not anywhere else: https://helpx.adobe.com/download-install/kb/photoshop-elements-downloads.html
Set the following services to manual:
Adobe Genuine Monitor Service
Adobe Genuine Software Integrity Service
If the program installed the Bonjour app then uninstall that crap from Add/Remove Programs.
IrfanView FTW. Batch resized and added text overlay.
Here is the first batch of pics I scanned in. Resized to fit the picture slider thingy. Yes, I’m in most of the pics.
(this was probably 1970 or 71)