Photographs are your history and scanning them to a digital format allows you to preserve your families history. We will scan your photos and return them to you with a digital copy that you can archive, copy or share online with friends and family using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
If you are thinking of creating a photobook for a loved one on their birthday or wedding, send us your photos and we will return them in a format ready to upload to your photobook provider. Alternatively, we offer a full Photo Book design service where us scan your photos, upload them to a photobook company of your choice and design your book for you.
We use high end flatbed scanners which is essential for old photos, your photo does not have to pass through a machine on a roller which may damage it.
By default, we scan photographs at 600 dots per inch (DPI) which is more than good enough for most photos, but if you want to have enlarged photos we will scan them to a higher resolution for you.
We can also scan entire photo albums with two levels of service, if you select our standard service, we will carefully remove each photo from the album and scan them individually and then once completed, place the photos back in envelopes and return the envelopes to you with the original photo album, which is ideal if you don't want the old album anymore. As an optional extra, and subject to an extra fee, we will also place the photos back into the album for you. Please note: if the images are stuck in the album and cannot safely be removed, we will scan them while they are still in-situ by placing the whole album under the scanner, page by page, so that we can ensure that your precious photos are not damaged.
For customers within our local area, we will collect your photos from you, professionally scan them individually and then return your photos back to you on CD/DVD.
We also offer a complete slide scanning service.
DPIDots per inch is the term used to measure the density of an image, namely the number of dots that can be placed in a line within 1 inch (2.54cm). The higher the DPI used to scan an image, the larger the resulting file will be. Most photographs are printed at 300 DPI, and so scanning at a higher resolution wont improve the quality of the image, however if you intend to print enlargements using a photo printing website it will be better to scan your photo's at a higher resolution and send them the high resolution file. Some web sites will enlarge the print using low quality software, so the more you can do to minimize the changes your printers need to do the better.
JPG JPEG files are the most commonly used method of storing photographs on computers and digital cameras. Photo's scanned to JPEG files do produce excellent results whilst taking up a minimum of space, and achieves this by compressing your images, which results in a loss of quality. However, the JPEG standard allows for different levels of compression, with higher quality scans resulting the less you compress the image. By default, Pixave scan your photographs in JPEG format with the least level of compression, resulting in high quality images that are reasonably large in size. The quality will outstanding and will look fantastic for everyday use such as reprinting your family photographs etc. There are some applications that require a higher quality, e.g. images to be printed in magazines, where professionals require the highest quality possible, in which case, we are happy to scan your photographs in TIFF format which are lossless (i.e. have no compression) but take up HUGE amounts of disk space.
TIFTagged Image File Format (TIFF) files are commonly used to store images within the publishing industry, graphic artists and professional photographers. TIFF files produce a better quality image when compared to JPEG files, because the images are not compressed, however they take significantly more space on your hard drive, e.g. a 1200 DPI scan of a transparency that creates an image sized 5267 * 6899 pixels is 18.2MB in JPEG format but 105.2MB in TIFF format. As you can see from these figures, the JPEG format has removed 80MB of the same image, and therefore it is logical to assume that the TIFF file is of higher quality, however this is a very subjective area as a lot of people cannot tell the difference, and the cost of storing TIFF files compared to JPEG on your systems can be a lot higher simply due amount of disk space required.
Pixave are happy to scan your photographs in your choice of resolution file format (JPEG / TIFF) at no extra cost. By default your photograhps will be scanned at 600 DPI into JPEG format, if you have different requirements please let us know in the special instructions of our order page or when you speak to us on the phone.
Our photo scanning service prices start from £0.09p per photo depending on the resolution of image you require.»» Photo scanning prices
You can of course contact us or use our online system to get a quote and place an order, then just send your photo's to us.»» How photo scanning works
Want to share your photos with your children ? Or are you having a wedding, perhaps a big birthday coming up and want to embarrass the lucky person ?»» Why scan your photos?
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