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Getting a Good Scan

You have three primary concerns when you're capturing images: tone, color balance, and resolution. A good capture contains detail (with little noise) in both the highlights and shadows, captures both pastels and saturated colors, and, preferably, contains clean neutrals that are free of obvious color casts. It also contains the right number of pixels for reproduction at the desired size. Without proper resolution, you either lose details in your image or slow down your workflow with files bloated with data you don't need.

Resolution

When you're scanning, you first need to make sure that you're capturing the right number of pixels. If you're unsure of what this is, see “How Much Is Enough?” in Chapter 3, Image Essentials. Note that even if you only need a 200- or 266-ppi image, you may want to scan higher than that. Then, later, you can downsample the image to the resolution you need using Photoshop's Image Size dialog box.


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