Quote:> In general, how much work is involved in making a scanned picture look like
> the original? I don't mean airbrushing girlie pics or detailing individual
> pixels in a 1900 x 1200 monster. I just mean adjusting colors in a casual
> family photo (from an Olympus Stylus Elite) so that they look halfway
My experience scanning regular old family pictures results in images
that are a shade darker then the originals, so check the
brightness/contrast settings in your image editing program. Once you
determine your scan settings and the bright/contrast setting that
compliment one another you'll have a more automatic process for
working through those 120+ pics.
Quote:> Is there anything about scanners that determines the time and/or effort
> required to match? I have access to a new Epson 1650 Perfection Photo
> Scanner, and I was hoping that the process would be more automatic.
> Unfortunately, the adjustable settings didn't get me anywhere near the
> target after an hour of sweating. If I've got 120-200 pictures and a limited
> schedule, something like 5-15 minutes tops per would be ideal.
Definetly there are a lot of different scanners and settings... the
actual amount of time you are spending scanning per image is related
to the dpi you're scanning at. (100 dpi is noticeably faster then 400
or 600 dpi.) If you're scanning at 600 dpi and plan to create an
online photo album you're wasting a lot of time. Online images should
be <100 dpi; decent image, fast loads. On the other hand, if you're
planning to blow up Aunt Mae to poster size for her 80th birthday
party you'll want a high resolution scan to begin with. So the
question is not "Is there anything about scanners that determines the
time and/or effort required", it should be "Is there anything about
the 'output' that determines time, etc.". Say you're transferring
these 120+ images from hardcopy to a CD for posterity's sake, then,
200 dpi is plenty. If you're planning to print them do a test at 300,
600 & the highest scan option you have available to you, and then
print each image on the type of paper you'll be using (plain,
cardstock, photo quality, etc). Seeing each option will give you a
pretty clear idea of time investment vs. output.
Hope this helps.