Scanning your photographs on a flatbed scanner:

Handle your photos by the edges only so that you don’t leave fingerprints on the photo.

Remove surface dust and dirt with a microfiber cloth. Do not rub or scrape image.

Clean the sanner glass before placing your photo on it. Use the guides to show where to place your photo.

Open the scanner software.


Scan at original size (100%).

Resolution or DPI. Change to 300dpi for images the same size as the original.

If you require your image to be enlarged scan at 600dpi.

Scan in colour even if the origional is black and white

Preview your scan, if software and know-how allow, resize the bounding box to scan the image only. If this inot possible scan the whole surface.

Save image as a: TIF (Tagged Image Format), JPG (JPEG) or a PDF

Save the photo on your computer desktop so you can find it to upload (make sure
you know where the scanner saves your photo on your computer).

Scanning photos using your smartphone.

Download a free app

Dust off your photos with a microfiber cloth.

Find a well-lit area with lots of natural light and few shadows.

Clean your phone’s camera lens with a microfiber cloth.

Launch app and tap the camera button. With the photo laying down, position your phone so that it’s parallel to the photo. Finally, tap to focus and hit the shutter button.

From there, crop the photo by dragging the crop lines and add description.

Upload photo.

(This method won’t replicate the quality of the flatbed scanner.)