Scanners – DPI & Resolutions

Scanning photos is relatively easy, however if you’re not sure how to set the appropriate Resolution / DPI (dots per inch) and the advantages of that read on:

Go into your scanner settings and look for “DPI” or “Resolution” and review your scanners current settings.

Setting your scanners DPI / Resolution correctly can increase your photo size dramatically.

 

scanner settings

  • With 300 DPI you can digitise your 4×6 photo into the same size: 4×6 digital photo. This is because in photo labs they use 300 dpi or dots per inch to print your photos.
  • Setting your scanner to 600 DPI you can double the size of your photograph without losing any quality
  • Setting your scanner at a higher and higher setting you can increase your photo size
  • Even at 1200 DPI, can turn a small 2×3 photo into a 16×24 digital photo — without losing any quality.

 

However, remember the file size of your photo will increase and you may have difficulty emailing our uploading it if you set the DPI too high.

 

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