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Color Document VS. Photo scan...


Im scanning family photos (4000 scans) and I just realized that my printer wasnt separating the photos into individuals because my printer was set to color document scans and not photo scans....

So my question is: how much of a difference will this have on photo quality and having them displayed on a digital picture frame and printing latter on down the road?

Any comments, suggestions and options are welcome

Thank you in advance...
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Color documents may be saved at a lower resolution than photos - look at your resolution settings - if they are the same between color docs and photos, then the photos saved as color docs should be fine.  If the resolution for color docs is lower, then they may not print at photo quality.

As to displaying in a digital picture frame - that will depend on what file type the color documents were saved as.  Most digital picture frames will display .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .png, and .tif files.  Some digital picture frames you can select other file types.  Your color documents should have come in as .tif files - and therefore would be viewable in a digital pic frame.  If they were saved as a different file type - than it will depend on whether or not the digital picture frame you purchase will display that particular file type.

Hope that helps.

Catharsis9Author Commented:

All looks good - both resolutions read at 300 dpi....

At 4000 scans I think I would have dropped if my efforts weren't up to snuff....

In iPhoto the file for the scans say JPEG - so Im good to go... Plus I have photo shop and Im sure I can make all sorts of conversions in that (if it was necessary)....

Once again, thanks....
You're certainly welcome.  Glad I could help - I wouldn't want to have 4K+ that weren't up to quality either.  

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