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Optimum Archive Format For Scans  
User currently offlineJanne From Sweden, joined Sep 2001, 379 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 1967 times:

I just bought a new scanner (Minolta Dimage Scan Dual III). Since I have
thousands of negatives to scan I just want to do it once. But still I would
like to be able to go back and reedit my scans in the future when I have
learned more about Photoshop. My only purpose for scanning is to make
jpegs at 1024 X 682 pixels resolution. What is the optimal archive format
to save the original scans. Is it to scan at top resolution and save as tiff,
creating huge files just to have a lot of raw data for editing and resizing
in Photoshop or is it enough to scan with just enough resolution to
produce 1024 X 682 output and save as a low compressed jpeg?
Thankful for any thougts on this.
Regards, Janne.

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User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 813 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1955 times:

If the purpose of the archive is for potential re-editing, then a max res tif format is really the only sensible option - re-editing a small jpeg, even with minimal compression will only result in lesser quality.

Having said that, while I do archive my scans to provide a backup against potential loss or damage to the original, in practice I find that I tend to re-scan the original when another copy is required. Perhaps its due to experience gained, but I usually find I can produce a better scan 2nd time around.



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineJanne From Sweden, joined Sep 2001, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1941 times:

Thankyou for the advice, Colin.
Cheers, Janne.

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