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Kristen Hayton
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    I want to add some letters to my photo book. I scanned them on a photo scanner but am worried they will appear blurry. When I download the letters they only seem to be in focus at a large size that doesn't fit on the page. Any suggestions?
26/6/2010 3:57:06

Chris Wuestefeld
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    >I want to add some letters to my photo book. I scanned them on a photo scanner but am worried they will appear blurry.

    When you scan photos (or take them with your camera) they're generally in JPEG (or JPG) format. This is optimized for photos, taking advantage of some quirks in how your brain works to minimize the storage space in ways that you don't normally notice. However, the same tricks work very badly for printed text, so if you've saved your scanned text as JPG then it's going to look lousy.

    Try re-scanning them, this time saving them in a non-lossy format (preferably PNG if you've got the option, otherwise GIF -- PNG is better because it can capture more colors). My bet is that this will make your text much more clear.
28/6/2010 4:32:50
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