Just bring your pictures into the store or mail them to us. We offer you the finest image scanning service in Wichita of your photographs, negatives, slides, documents & fine art works.
Items mailed should be removed from frames and albums. There is an additional fee for removing and replacing pictures back into frames. Album pages can be scanned when they can be removed from their binder. We are not responsible for maintaining page orders or loose pictures that are not properly fit on a page. We will not be held responsible for lost or damaged pictures due to shipping. We highly recommend you take your pictures to a friend or a professional service to have them scanned, according to our specifications, rather than risking mailing or shipping.
Label pictures that you want printed larger than the original size with sticky notes or separate them into individual envelopes.
After scanning pictures the originals are returned to you in the same condition that we received them or thrown out if you authorize us to do so.
We do not scan or convert Movie Film or VHF tapes.
Before Scanning clean your pictures with canned air, soft brush or a micro cloth. As well, clean the scanner bed. Turn off all filters and actions on your scanner such as dust and scratch removal, color adjustments, and auto sharpening. These features will take visual information away from your image that our software and methods will retain.
Select color 24bit RGB for the type of scan, even if your scanning black and white prints.
Save your scans in a TIFF or JPG file format. Do not compress them. Save them at 100%.
Scan your images at 600dpi or greater. A minimum of 600dpi is necessary so our artists can enlarge the image to work up close on the details. Firmly press your images to the scanner's glass while the image is being scanned to minimize waves and wrinkles.
Oversize images larger than your scanner bed. Scan them in sections by overlapping each scan area by at least 1 1/2". Take care to reposition each image area square to your scanner. Save each scan with the same name and adding a number to it. Example: ballpark1, ballpark2,ballpark3 and so forth. Tell us the size of your original picture's image area. We'll stitch your scans together.
When glass is stuck to your photograph, simply scan through the glass.
Newspaper and Magazines. Cover the back of the image with black paper to minimize the print on the back of the paper showing through.
Waffled textured photo papers. Scan four times, turning the photograph and scanning from a different direction each time. Octagon paper textures, scan the same as for waffled textured papers and include scanning four more times on the diagonal from each corner. This method of scanning will greatly remove the distracting texture in an image enlarged.
Convex oval or convex rectangular pieces - apply the over lapping method as described above for oversize images. Additionally, roll and hold the image in several positions so that the entire circumference is captured by the scanner. (An image that is 13" x 20" will require about 9 scans. You do not need to close the scanner top. Weighting your piece with small sand bags or fabric weights work great to hold it still and in place while scanning.
Severely wrinkled and/or wavy images on paper. Bring in to us to drymount to flatten before scanning or take it to a local, reliable frame shop.
Enlargements require scanning at a higher DPI. 600dpi is high enough for doubling the original print size. For an image 4x larger, scan at 1200dpi; 8x larger, 2400dpi. We have special software to increase the resolution of your image when you are needing small pieces enlarged beyond the capacity of your scanner.
When cropping in on the image follow the rule of thumb above as for enlargements. For example when you crop-out a 2" x 3" area to print at that size it should be at least 240dpi.When your image is uploaded, our software looks at the aspect ratio and resolution of your image file. You'll be given a list of available sizes to choose from. Our software will not allow you to order a print size where the file size is too small. When you want a larger size, proceed with your order and message us your desired print size. We print any aspect ratio in any size up to 44"x 108".