New This Month


Digital Albums: Clip Art and Scanning Tips

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2009


Digital Album Clip Art
Download the clip art for a family-photograph album cover.

How to Scan Slides
Before digitizing a slide or negative, check the scanner's resolution, as the original may be smaller than the final image. Many default to 300 dpi, but a 4-by-6-inch print requires at least 1,200 dpi. (See Scanning Guides, at the bottom.)

1. Lift the scanner lid, and remove the white plate, which is located on the inner portion of the lid, to reveal the second light source.

2. Lay the slide adapter on the scan bed, aligning it (often to a designated notch) so that the light will shine through the slide.

3. Hold each slide up to the light to ensure the image reads correctly from left to right. Place the slide right side down.

Scanning Guidelines
Scanning at a higher resolution doesn't always yield better images. Often, this simply increases the processing time. For standard-size prints, slides, and negatives, consult the list below: Match the type of original at the top with the desired print size below to determine the dpi. 

For odd-size prints, divide the short side of the enlargement by the short side of the original, multiply by 300, and round up to the nearest dpi setting. Always run a preview scan to check the picture position and color correction.

4-by-6-inch original
3 1/2-by-3 1/2-inch reproduction: 300 dpi

4-by-6-inch reproduction: 300 dpi

5-by-7-inch reproduction: 300 dpi

8-by-10-inch reproduction: 600 dpi

13-by-19-inch reproduction: 1,000 dpi

3 1/2-by-3 1/2-inch original
3 1/2-by-3 1/2-inch reproduction: 300 dpi

4-by-6-inch reproduction: 400 dpi

5-by-7-inch reproduction: 500 dpi

8-by-10-inch reproduction: 700 dpi

13-by-19-inch reproduction: 1,200 dpi

35 mm slide or negative
3 1/2-by-3 1/2-inch reproduction: 1,200 dpi

4-by-6-inch reproduction: 1,200 dpi

5-by-7-inch reproduction: 1,600 dpi

8-by-10-inch reproduction: 2,400 dpi

13-by-19-inch reproduction: 4,800 dpi

Reviews Add a comment