This can be a scary thing for those not used to scanning. Bottom line:, the better the scan the better your restoration will be. Most likely you will need to install the software that came with your scanner to access the full settings below. Avoid using the buttons that are actually on the printer, instead use the software to send the best quality scan possible.
Don't know how to set up your scanner settings? I bet Google knows! Type (the make and model of your scanner) plus the term "scanner settings".
Tip 1: First, ensure your photo and your scanner glass is clean. Dust and mold will show up in your scanned photo and that will take more time, and time, as they say, is money. Take a minute to gently clean both before scanning.
Tip 2: Scan in color. Don't know how to adjust settings? Type the make and model of your scanner into Google along with the term "how to set 16 bit color".
Tip 3: The importance of high resolution: Measure your photo and set the scanner to the Dots per Inch (DPI) below being careful to choose "Optical Resolution" if that's an option within your scanning software settings. I know, you're thinking, geez, what a pain. You're right, it is. But you'll get a better end product if it's scanned right to start with so let’s push on.
FYI, never choose "quick scan", it'll send your scan at low resolution which isn't why you're reading all of this to begin with.
What to set your scanner's DPI depending on photo size
8x10 and above 300 Dpi
5x7 500 Dpi
4x6 and below 2400 Dpi
Tip 4: Never compress your files When you save your scanned image choose low compression .jpg. Never, ever choose PDF.
Now email it! Hooray!
Attach, don't embed your photo into an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If the photo is over 8MB it might not go through. For larger files I like to use: https://wetransfer.com/
It's free and so much simpler than your scanner settings. (promise!)
If you didn't do all of the above, it's okay, it can be confusing. Just wanted to pass this info along in case you're feeling ambitious and want the best possible scan of your photo. Any scan is better than no scan so send the best you have to be restored today!
Email now to: email@example.com