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Old Oct 20, 2003, 9:42 AM   #1
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Default Scanning Matte Finish Photos

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My question is this, has any one had any success scanning photos with a matte finish? Whenever I scan them they come out looking terribly pixelated. I'm scanning them on and HP scanner @ 300dpi, the standard setting I use for pictures but they look horrible. ON the other hand, glossy photos look quite good. Anyone have any ideas as to what could improve the picture quality?

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Old Oct 21, 2003, 8:36 AM   #2
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Get a magnifier and look at the resolution of the prints. My guess is that the matte is printed at a lower resolution Ė it usually is if you use the printerís paper settings. Not much you can do if that is he case. I doubt you would get any better scan going above 300PPI.
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Old Oct 21, 2003, 12:05 PM   #3
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Slipe is right (IMHO) I have had exactly the same experience.

Sorry bout that- but no sense trying to recapture what isn't there in the first place.

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Old Oct 21, 2003, 2:43 PM   #4
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Do you mean matte photo's in general are printed at a lower res at the lab or in the home enviorment? These are film camera prints from a photo lab that I'm talking about, perhaps I didn't make myself clear. Sorry if that's thae case. HP themselves recommends trying to scan them @ 600dpi but, that seems excessivve to me.

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Old Oct 21, 2003, 7:41 PM   #5
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This is a good read: http://www.scantips.com/basics08.html Go to the next page where he runs some scanning tests on a shot taken with a fixed focal length Nikon on a tripod and canít improve on a 300PPI scan. You are spinning your wheels over 300PPI.

I have no idea why the matte prints from a photofinisher would be of lower resolution. Back when I had a darkroom the only difference between the finishes was that you dried the gloss on a shiny plate to get the finish. Are you sure both were originally taken with the same film? There is a big difference between ISO800 and ISO100 film.
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Thanks slipe, that's a good little read and a good site and, I understand what it's saying. Basically, you can't make something, something it's not! Too bad you can't though! LOL

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