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How do I know what scanning resolution to use for the best results?

  • Here are some recommended settings for different types of scans. If you want to manually adjust your scan, try the following settings:
    1. Viewing on screen or the Web: 72 to 96 dpi
    2. Sending and viewing on e-mail: 96 to 150 dpi
    3. Printing:

    If you are enlarging your image, you must manually increase the resolution (dpi) proportionally to maintain the resolution of your original.

    Here are some recommended settings for different types of scans.
    Image typeRecommended Image TypeScanning Resolution for Printing
    PhotographColor Photo300 dpi
    Small photograph to be enlargedColor Photo300 dpi to 4800 dpi
    MagazineColor Photo300 dpi
    Newspaper (text only)Text (Background Removal)400 dpi
    Text for OCRText (Background Removal)400 dpi
    Text with imagesColor Document400 dpi
    Line artLine art300 to 4800 dpi
    35 mm film (negative)TPU: Color Neg. Film300 to 4800 dpi
    TPU: Monochrome Neg. Film300 to 4800 dpi
    35 mm slideTPU: Pos. Film300 to 4800 dpi
    4 x 5 negativeTPU: Color Neg. Film300 to 4800 dpi
    TPU: Monochrome Neg. Film300 to 4800 dpi
    4 x 5 TransparencyTPU: Pos. Film300 to 4800 dpi
    1. If your final file is for on-screen viewing (for example, on a web page or in an e-mail message), select 72 dpi for your resolution.

    2. If you are enlarging your image, you must manually increase the resolution (dpi) proportionally to maintain the resolution of your original.
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