Choose Resolution for Your Photo Scanning Projects

by / Friday, 07 December 2018 / Published in Lifestyle, Tech

Choose Resolution for Your Photo Scanning Projects

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  Pictures tell the story of your life and are unique and special to each owner.  But pictures do fade after time so it may be time for you to take that big box of photos out of the basement and scan your photos to digital files. Why scan them?  So you can easily share and preserve your old photos with just one click of a button.  But what resolution should you choose?   First, it’s important to understand the term dpi.  DPI stands for dots per image and tells you the scanning resolution of the image.   In general, the higher the resolution the better quality of scan. Memories to Digital offers photo scanning resolution at 300 dpi, 600 dpi, and 1200 dpi.  Here’s a breakdown of each option:

  1. 300 dpi is a good resolution and is sufficient for reprinting at original size or smaller.
  2. 600 dpi is our most commonly used scanning resolution.  This is excellent resolution for preserving your photos, enlarging or editing.
  3. 1200 dpi is a high detail photo scanning option recommended by archivists for museum-quality archiving.

One thing to keep in mind is the higher the resolution, the larger the file.  A 600 dpi photo will have more detail but is a larger file then a 300 dpi photo.  It all depends on your preference and what you will be doing with your scanned photos.  In general, 600 dpi is recommended for higher quality scans.

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When you’re ready to start scanning photos, just stop by our nearest location for all of your photo scanning needs!

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