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Frequently Asked Questions
Preserving HeirloomsWhat is the best way to store a keepsake marriage certificate?
How should I store a special christening gown?
DigitizingWhat settings, including dpi, should I use for scanning old letters and documents?
TIFF is an archival file format that is loss-less and preserves more digital information than JPG file format, and is widely recommended by archives and museums for digitizing historic documents.
What settings are best for scanning photos?
- a photo that needs restoration or repair
- a very small photo
- a cased image such as a tintype, daguerrotype, or ambrotype
- a group photo that includes people or items you want to enlarge
How do I scan something too big to fit on my flatbed scanner?
You have a few different options, depending on the item’s condition.
1. If the item is already folded, you can scan it in sections and recreate the larger image using special stitching software. Be very careful not to damage the document of photo by handling it and positioning in the scanner.
2. Another method is to place the item on a flat surface and scan it in sections using a portable flat-bed scanner like the Flip Pal Mobile Scanner. This scanner allows you to remove the cover and see through the glass flat bed to position the screen. The included stitching software will reassemble the full image.
3. The fastest, and easiest method to digitize a large item is to place it on a flat surface and use a digital camera to photograph the full image. A tripod will help stabilize the camera to achieve the best results.