Many of us will have photographs from our younger, pre-digital age days that we want to keep safe. Storing them digitally is the best way to ensure they don’t become damaged, worn or discoloured over time.
Scanning them is the simplest and most effective way to achieve this. It allows you to transfer these photos to your personal computer to save in multiple locations and even share with your friends and family.
However, scanners do have a handful of limitations, one of which can be size. Some photographs we are wishing to save digitally may not actually fit on a regular sized scanner bed. This is often the case with professionally taken photographs – such as those taken on wedding days – that have been blown up and printed to a large size.
You can get around this by scanning the photograph in several parts and digitally cropping them together. It sounds like a lengthy and complicated process, especially for those who are not proficient with software like Adobe Photoshop. However, it can be done fairly easily whether you are a Windows user or a Mac user, by using panoramic stitching software.
This is the process of stitching a series of photographs into a panoramic. Professional photographers will often use the process to make large, wide landscape picture. However, it is also a great way for anyone to scan large pictures from a scanning bed.
Scan one bit at a time until the entire photo has been digitized. Once that’s done, you can overlap the sections carefully – zoom in and make sure it is as accurate as possible – to create the full image. Using image editing software – something as simple as iPhoto for Mac users will suffice – you can then adjust it so that colours, contrast and brightness are consistent.