Correct scanning requires a little technical knowlege - this answer therefore contains some technical "jargon". If you don't understand it, give us a call and we can help you through the process.
To provide us with a file that I can work on there are a variety of considerations that need to be taken into account. The first is the size of your original and the size that you would like your restored print to be. To make things easy I will use inches and assume that you require your prints at 300ppi. If you have a 1"x1" print, printing this at 8"x8" will require the file to be scanned at 2400 pixels per inch (ppi).
The easy way to ensure that your photograph will be at a resolution suitable for printing is to put your measurements throught the following equation:
Resolution Required = (Final Print Size / Original Print Size)*300
So you take the size you would like it printed at, divide by the original print size and multiply the result by 300.
The second consideration is known as "Colour Space" - files are scanned in RGB mode - even if your photograph is in black and white, please scan them in full colour. When I scan your photograph it will be have 16 bits per channel. The RGB colour space used is therefore "48 bit colour". This will make the scanned image very large, and means that JPEG format (limited to 8 bits per channel, or 24 bit colour) cannot be used to store the photographs - Adobe TIFF are suitable for 48 bit images.
Also please make sure that your scanner has a sharpening facility - all scanners blur the scanned image very slightly so sharpening will be required.
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