If you're not sure how to properly load your photo scanner, you're going to waste time fiddling around with settings and get frustrated before you even begin.
Here's a simple way to start...
When you place your photos onto your flat-bed scanner make sure they are facing the window. That's obvious, but here's the tricky part: if you put the photo on the top right, you're going to scan them out of order.
It's hard to get use to, but you need to put the photo on the top right. Like so...
So, start from the top right, bottom right, top left, bottom right. And your scanner is going to scan them in order.
Every scanner has what is called a "gutter". If you place your photos right to the edge of the scanner, then it's going to be in the gutter. This means a part of your photo is going to be cut off when scanned.
So, don't put your photos right flush to the edge of your scanner. Your scanner should have a defined area marking for you where NOT to put your photos.
Once you've loaded your scanner, fire up your scanner software. You need to tell your scanner WHAT your scanning. If you don't your scanner might be setup for slides, negatives, newspaper, paper, etc.
I'm using an Espon in my example. But you can follow along no matter what scanner you have. Here's what my scanner's settings look like...
Look for something called, "Original Type", "Document Type", "Original Format". This is where you specify what you're scanning. In my case, I'm scanning "Reflective".
I don't know why, but all scanners call "photos" a different name. Here's a quick cheat sheet if you're stuck...
Make sure you pick you pick the right type. In my case, I'm scanning a "Reflective Photo".
So here's 3 quick things to remember...
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