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How to Turn a Print Into a Digital Image

How to Turn a Print Into a Digital Image | Larsen Digital


DIY or Use a Professional

Print Film comes in many different shapes and sizes. Some are old and in B&W and some are color. When making the decision on the best solution to turning your prints into digital images there are a few factors to consider. Luckily we have them covered for you.

When you are ready to learn how to turn a print into a digital image, we have the answers for you. You can buy a scanner and do it yourself or you can hire a professional to scan them for you. Scanning them on your own will take a lot of your time but could possibly save you money depending on the amount of prints that you have. In most cases though having a professional scan them for you in the end will be cheaper. A 4"x6" print scanned at a 300 dpi resolution is equivalent to a 2.2 megapixel camera and can br reprinted at only the same size as it is. A 600 dpi resolution is equivalent to a 8.8 megapixel camera and can print up to an 8"x12", which basically allows you to double it's printed size. Any resolution higher than that isn't going to make your image any better because that is all the information in a print that you can get. You will only getting a bigger file size but without the information needed. That is where it is different from a negative. Below will give you more information on factors to consider as well.
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If you would like to do it yourself there are a couple of things to consider. You need a scanner that will scan your prints and be capable of scanning each size of print that you have. It needs to be one that can scan and focus correctly. This isn't the time to have a bad scanner or your results will really suffer. You will need to be willing clean your flatbed between every few prints so that any fingerprints or dust doesn't end up in your picture. Another thing to consider is the amount of time that it will take you to scan your prints. There are a lot of different scanners out there. The quality for all the different ones will range greatly so you definitely get what you pay for. Make sure to look out for that when shopping for a scanner. They have scanners that are meant to take a stack of prints and scan them really fast which is great to get them done quickly but usually leaves lines in your digital images from dust and other particles because it is scanning them so quickly and dust accumulates quickly in these scanners.

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Use a Professional

When using a professional there are a few things that you will want to make sure of. There are some companies that are based out of the United States. You ship your order to California and then they send your priceless memories on freight ships out of the country to have them scanned. There is a huge risk of something happening to them at that point. I would stay away from those companies. Look for one that uses high quality scanners to give you the best possible scans is essential. At Larsen Digital only the highest quality scanners are used to scan your prints. A skilled staff like what we have at Larsen Digital is very important as well. This will make sure that your entire project turns out perfectly, just the way you hoped. The great thing about using a professional is that it will be scanned and returned to you in a very short amount of time. If you are doing it yourself it can be a very long tedious process. When using a professional, you receive your images back and everything is done for you. Your images will be scanned, rotated, color corrected and ready to share.

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Now That They are Digital

There are a few fun things that you can do with your digital images. You can upload them online, email them, use in a slideshow or make a photo book even. Larsen Digital can help you do all of these things or you can do them on your own.

The best thing you can do with your prints is to first get them scanned into a digital image. Preserving them is the greatest gift you can give to your family so they can cherish and enjoy them for many generations to come. You don't want them to deteriorate any more than they already have. Even prints can fade. The worst enemy to your prints is fingerprints, being worn down, torn and spilt on. Once they are digital you no longer have to worry about that. You can enjoy them and if something does happen to the print you can easily make a new print. We know how much these pictures mean to you so now is the time to act. Larsen Digital can take your slides and scan them at high resolutions to give you a beautiful digital image. Included with your scan is a free standard color correction to fix those fading colors and contrast issues. There is no better time than now to preserve your memories so you will have them easily accessible and be able to share them with others. There are quite a few fun ways to share your digitized prints. You can upload them to the cloud to easily share with those you want too. You can also make a slideshow for yourself and also to give to others. You can use your images in a photo book, scrapbook, etc., or put them on social media sites so lots of others can see them.

Now is the time to finally get your film out of storage and scanned before it's too late! Larsen Digital can help you.