Richard W E Brown Photography | Scanning prints

Scanning prints

December 12, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Ansel Adams Print Scan

 

When: Sometime in the 1940's by Ansel Adams

Where : US Rockies

Comment: Sanning prints for private use is permitted I believe, provided some creditation is provided. However, even high quality prints can be a problem to scan because of printing techniques. Often the scan will have moire patterns that spoil the scan. Many scanners have a descreening option to eliminate this but the software leaves the image blurred. The best way  to scan is to scan in colour at the highest resolution the scanner is capable of (e.g. 1200 dpi in my case). Then use the Median Noise Filter in Photoshop with a pixel Radian of 1-3 depending on results. If needed use a small amount of Gaussian Blur as well. The above image was scanned in this manner and is only slightly less sharp than the original. The original was from a calendar sold in my local mall for $20


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