Scanning B&W Prints

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by sahnert, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. sahnert macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2003
    I am a beginner and taking a photography class. I'm wanting to make decent scans of 8x10 prints using my hp all-in-one (psc1210). You can see my results so far here.

    I would like some pointers for improving my scans (and improving my photos if you like).

    For some reason the blacks are coming through with a gray grid-like pattern that I would like to get rid of. Also the scans seem to pick up a lot of dust spots that I can't see on the print itself. Could these be from the scanner? I've applied minimal photoshopping to get rid of some of the dust specks, but is there something else I can do?

    Here are the settings I'm using in the TWAIN utility:
    Output: Grayscale (8bit)
    Resoultion: 600
    Sharpen: None
    Dust and Scratch removal: None

    Any help would be great!

  2. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    I keep checking this thread and hoping for a response... I don't really have any prints that I'd bother scanning, and I don't have any scanner, but suggestions would be nice for if I somehow found myself in such a situation I guess. :eek:
  3. hvfsl macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2001
    London, UK
    You are probably better off asking the question at a place like this:

    You could always try scanning it using the colour photo settings (and then adjust the image in PS if need be) to see if it makes much of a difference.
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    I think your problem is simply low quality hardware. Banding/paterning is an artifact cased by low bit depth. Those all in one scanner/printer/faxes are not quite what the fine art photography community prefers to use. Also I suspect that enabling "Dust and Scratch removal: would help with the dust and scratches.

    I think you are seeing why people say it is best to scan the negatives with a high quality scanner.
  5. seenew macrumors 68000


    Dec 1, 2005
    yeah, if you can afford it. But they said they were a beginner.

    Only thing I would suggest is to just keep playing around with different options, making sure you note the settings for each scan so you can tell them apart.

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