Pre-scan Prep and Organizing
Decide if you want to organize your photos before having them scanned. You might find it faster and easier to organize them on your computer after they are scanned. There are software programs available to help you do this. There's no right or wrong way as it's a personal preference based on which method is easiest for you. Plus, you can always use my Organizing Services to help you before or after scanning!
All scan orders:
- If you can, please try to group photos by similar size and orient them so that they are all “heads up.” This allows me to finish your order more quickly.
Optional Category (theme) scans (additional instructions):
- (Option 1) Write (legibly) your category name (e.g., Christmas 2012) on a blank 3”x5” or 4"x6" index card and include it in the bundle or in a re-sealable bag or envelope on top of your photos. Your index card will be scanned at the beginning of that category. OR
- (Option 2) Create a folder name (see price list for cost) - Write (legibly) the folder name you want (for each grouping of photos) on an index card or piece of paper with the word “Folder” at the top and bundle it with your photos. I'll create a separate folder before scanning each bundle making it easier for you to navigate and organize the files later.
Fragile items: To protect your fragile photos and items, try to place them in a sturdy envelope or box. They will be scanned on the flatbed scanner at the Non-Standard Items price.
All of the scanning is done by appointment only. Please contact me with any questions or to set up an appointment for organizing services or to drop your photos off. I look forward to providing you with the personalized service you deserve so you can get sharing right away!
Helping you create safe, searchable and shareable photo collections.
Preparing Your Photos
- Don't write on the back of your photos with gel pen, marker or crayon. This may cause unwanted transfer to other photos and bleed through the paper. If necessary, use a photo safe pen or #2 pencil, but don't press too hard. Always write in a corner to avoid bleed-through to a face on the front. Please let it dry completely before placing with other photos to avoid smudging and transfer.
- Clean photos make for a clean scan: I cannot scan photos using our automatic scanner that are sticky, soiled or dirty as it may cause damage to the equipment and compromise the quality of your scanned image. All photos must be clean and free from any glue, staples, tape, clips, etc. Experts recommend using a lint-free cloth or an air can to clean very dusty photos.
- Any picture that has residue that cannot be removed or is too curled, fragile or otherwise cannot be scanned using the auto scanner will be scanned on our flatbed scanner at the Non-Standard Items price.
- For photo albums, you can select the scan option that meets your needs. I might not be able to scan every album. I can look at the album prior to the order to advise you of any possible issues.
For a combination of resolutions
If you have photos to be scanned at 300 DPI and at 600 DPI:
- Sort photos by resolution preference and place in re-sealable bags or in envelopes. 300 DPI is the most affordable option for preserving photos, viewing and making up to one size larger reprints. If you plan to do extensive editing or enlarging, or you want a higher quality for use with future technology, you will want to consider 600 DPI. For creating personalized gifts, you will also want to consider 600 DPI.
- Write on the outside of the bag or envelope at what resolution you want those photos to be scanned.