This is from the November 22 issue of Genealogy News, and the “Genealogy Insider” column by Diane Haddad
|Resolution Rules of Thumb for Scanning Old Family Photos and Documents
Posted by Diane
Anyone undertaking a genealogy scanning project, or just scanning a single old picture for Throwback Thursday, might have wondered what resolution is best for the particular thing about to be scanned.
Wonder no more! Here are some quick resolution tips for scanning old photos and documents from the Family Tree University Digitize Your Family History online course, which starts Monday, Nov. 23.
In general, the higher the resolution (measured in dpi, for dots per inch), the more you can enlarge the image without getting that grainy, pixilated look. But higher-resolution files also are bigger and hog space on your computer or in your cloud storage, so you don’t want to scan everything at the highest-available dpi. Instead, go with these rules of thumb:
Remember that you can always downsave a copy to a lower resolution, but you can’t add image quality without re-scanning the original.
Family Tree University’s Digitize Your Family History four-week course, starting next Monday, Nov. 23, has guidance from Denise Levenick (author of the book How to Archive Family Keepsakes) on how to digitize your old family photographs, precious documents and heirlooms.
This course will help you achieve the peace of mind that your family’s visual memories and their associated stories are safeguarded against fire, weather damage, loss and family discord. And you’ll be easily able to share these mementos or publish them in book form. Learn more and register for the course at FamilyTreeUniversity.com.