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Steve Plucker 03-01-2020 07:37 PM

Pictures and computer scanning/transfering

I have a couple of photos I dug out of a book that depict the early 1928 2-Window Fordor Sedan.

I scaned these two photos into my photo album in hopes to use them in a document.

However they come out very grainy.

How can I scan these photos to get them to come out as the same quality as in the book to transfer into my document?



KenCoupe 03-01-2020 07:58 PM

Re: Pictures and computer scanning/transfering

Check in your scanning software (usually in settings) and see if you can tell if it is scanning at 300 dpi, 600 dpi, etc. If you can change it, use the highest dpi you can on the software you have.

Charlie Stephens 03-01-2020 08:10 PM

Re: Pictures and computer scanning/transfering

I Ken's suggestion doesn't work look for a local company that can scan them for you. Usually companies that make copies have scanners. Expensive if you are doing very many but for two might be the answer. If you are trying to scan out of a book they may balk at copyright issues.

Charlie Stephens

Dan Partain 03-01-2020 08:39 PM

Re: Pictures and computer scanning/transfering

Pluck, the problem with scanning out of a book is that the photos in most Model A books, and newspapers, are done in a process known as "halftone." You can do a wiki lookup on that, but basically it's a photo represented as a collection of dots on the page. If you take a magnifying glass to a photo in "Henry's Lady" you will see those dots. When you do a scan on those photos you will usually get a grainy look caused by the dots.

Your best bet is to find a real photo of the car you need for your use in a document, especially if you intend to print it.

Steve Plucker 03-01-2020 10:14 PM

Re: Pictures and computer scanning/transfering

Thanks guys for your suggestions.

I may just try to get them from the Ford Archives.

Ken...Not sure if my printer has the capabilities to change the dpi...will have to check but if so I sure will try that and put it up to 600 or so.


Mike V. Florida 03-01-2020 10:19 PM

Re: Pictures and computer scanning/transfering

You can also place it under glass and (to flatten it) and take a picture.

Mike the Grump 03-01-2020 10:42 PM

Re: Pictures and computer scanning/transfering

If you have a phone with a decent camera, check out the app called Google PhotoScan. It will walk you through taking 4-5 pictures of the photo you're "scanning". The app then combines the photos, attempts to remove any glare, corrects for keystone and cleans it up pretty well.

Works pretty well for a few photos now and then. I don't think I'd want to do a whole photo album with it though.

There should be a version for the apple phone/ipad as well as Android.

Steve Plucker 03-01-2020 10:54 PM

Re: Pictures and computer scanning/transfering

OK...This old fart learned something...As suggested by Ken, I upped the dpi to 600 (as far as the printer would go) and a much, much more better photo and resolution.

Thanks to all for your thoughts!


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