You can use our scanning services if you want to turn your old pictures into digital style. We will provide you with the best service because we make use of the best flatbed scanners which will make sure that your old pictures are not damaged or ruptured so that you can preserve your memories forever.
If you have a friends birthday or a party coming up we can also make a great photobook if you could just send us a few pictures and they will then be absolutely ready to be uploaded on the photobook. Apart from this, we also have a design service of the photobook so that you have the option of scanning your photos and uploading them on the photobook.
The use of good quality flatbed scanners ensures that your photos will not get damaged as they will not be any need for them to pass through a machine. Although, we mostly scan pictures at 600 DPI but if there is a special requirement of the customer to enlarge the size, we do that as well.
We mostly offer two kinds of services to our customers. The standard service includes scanning each picture individually and then putting them in an envelope and returning back to the customer. Another service in which we charge extra fees is that we put all the old photos in the album for you as well. If ever you face any problem in removing the photos, so please return it back to us. We will scan them once again to ensure no photos are damaged.
Those customers who live near our shop, we provide door to door facility as well. Our staff will come and take the photos from you, scan them, put your photos in the DVD or CD and then personally come and return it to you. Apart from this, we also provide our customers with slide scanning services.
DPI Dots 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.
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, ScantoDigital 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.
TIF Tagged 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.
ScantoDigital is 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.
You should find out the total cost for scanning the negatives. If the negatives have high resolution the price will be higher, if the negatives have low resolution then the price will automatically be reduced. It is up to you to decide if you want the negative scanning in TIFF or JPEG format without any additional charges.
Keep your memories safe. Ship using a bonded courier. Take your photo albums or prints to any DHL Service Point. All the necessary shipping materials you need will be provided right there and their associates may even package your media for you. As these memories are usually irreplaceable we suggest taking the time to double box and use bubble wrap.
Choose a carrier that offers delivery confirmation to ensure the safest, most direct delivery possible. Once you have the tracking number send us an email with the number. We will watch out for the order and will contact you as soon as it comes in. One of our service representatives will also, at that time, spend a few minutes review your order with you and ensure we completely understand your needs.