Scanning Photos for Reprints

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Pat, Jul 15, 2003.

  1. Pat

    Pat Guest

    I have some 4 x 6 prints that I want to scan and then upload to a
    photo website so I can order additional 4 x 6 prints. What resolution
    should I use? Since I have quite a few I don't want the files any
    larger than necessary for good copies for uploading purposes. Is 800
    x 600 sufficient?

    Pat, Jul 15, 2003
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  2. I get satisfactory results at 200 dpi. Others suggest 300 dpi. It depends
    partly on the quality of the print. Also, if you have an image editing
    program, sharpening the image after scanning usually helps.
    Marvin Margoshes, Jul 15, 2003
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  3. Pat

    M. Strobel Guest

    My lab recommends 200 dpi for good prints, and 400 dpi for very good
    prints. Good really means "good".

    Do not compress the images too much, not more than 1:20.

    M. Strobel, Jul 15, 2003
  4. Pat

    brad Guest

    It depends. If memory serves, most dye sub printers run at about 267 dpi.
    If you're using a larger commercial lab, you are probably going to be
    getting reprints from a Fuji Frontier, or equivelant equipment. Most of
    those run at 300 ppi.

    800x600 would require something to be cropped from the image. You would
    lose about 1/6 of the image height in processing.

    I wouldn't go any lower than 800x1200 (200 ppi), but would probably shoot
    for 1200x1800

    brad, Jul 15, 2003
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