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2.3 Digitise Your Photos

In this lesson you'll learn how to scan in your photograph, load the file into Photoshop, and put the pieces together to create a workable document. This includes using the Lasso Tool to select pieces and learning how to make each piece a separate layer. You'll save the source using a consistent, meaningful file naming scheme. We will work in a non-destructive manner so that you can go back, if you have to, to rework things.

2.3 Digitise Your Photos

Welcome back to Archival Photo Restoration, I'm Marie Gardner for Tuts+. This lesson covers digitizing your archive images. There are two ways to do this really. The first would be to send off your images to an external company, who will digitize and retouch for you. This can cost quite a lot, and there's always the danger of them losing the originals. Seeing as you're watching this course, I'm gonna assume you'll want the second option, which is scanning the image in yourself and then retouching. You can get a high quality scanner quite cheaply, and most printers these days come with them built in, like the one I'll be using. Before you scan, make sure that the photo is as clean as it can be, so remove any dust or fluff that might have stuck with a dry cloth. You'll also want to clean the glass plate on the scanner too. Next, make sure that your scanner is set for the highest resolution it can scan. Mine is 600 dpi, but 300 dpi is also fine, although obviously, this will partly depend on the size of your original image. If you need to work out the resolution yourself, because some scanners ask for that, then divide the print size that you're aiming for by the size of the original, and then multiply that by 300. If you're scanning ripped or torn images, place them on the scanner bed without them touching or overlapping. Once scanned, save the image as a TIFF or JPEG at the highest quality you can with no compression. Now you have your image scanned in and ready to be worked on. In the next lesson, we'll work on adding meaningful metadata to your digital files. Thanks for watching.

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