Tifs, jpegs, auto corrections and bothersome dust particles

Tifs, jpegs, auto corrections and bothersome dust particles

Why do we scan your precious memories as .tifs and then, only at the end, change them into .jpegs? Well, its all about quality, care and the end result.

By initially scanning your photo, slide or negative as a .tif it allows us to make any changes to the image such as colour or definition without any loss of quality throughout the process.A .jpeg looses quality every time changes are made and then saved as a new file.

We need to autocorrect levels of contrast and colour using Photoshop software to improve upon the Epson software. At this stage our lead scanner will look at the image and will edit it manually if required to obtain the best result for the image.

When all corrections are made to the .tif it is then saved as a maximum quality .jpeg allowing the image to be viewed more quickly than a .tif as the file size is reduced but with all the quality of a .tif.

Why are we fussy about dust particles?

A dust particle on a photo covers up whatever is underneath it and so the scanner can only show the dust particle as a dot on the image. When any corrections are made to the image the software cannot remove the dot or amend what is underneath, thus impairing the finished image.

Our flatbed scanner does not move the original image but other scanners which do can turn a dust particle into a brightly coloured streak down the image which greatly affects the finished quality.

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