What are the best scan settings for archival photos?
March 16, 2010 5:16 PM Subscribe
Help me scan some precious old family photos! I need advice on the best settings to use: TIFF, dpi, encodings, and the rest of it..
posted by bchaplin to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I have quite a few old family photos, some from the early part of the century, that I'd like to digitize. There are two goals: (1) Preserve as much detail as possible. (2) Save them so that they can be printed, either for a photo gallery or in a book.
So, I'm using 1200 dpi and 48-bit color. I've figured out that TIFF is better than JPG for archival purposes. But here it gets tricky. My scanner has two options for TIFF: "Macintosh or Windows Byte Order". No idea what this means. I use both operating systems (usually Mac), but I want to save these images in a way that will open on either one. There are two more options to consider: B&W Compression: None or CCITT Group4, and whether or not to embed an ICC profile. Any experienced scanners out there that can help me out with these questions?