Scanning Photo Albums

Scanning Photo Albums

Types of Photo Albums

Memories Renewed specializes in scanning photo albums of all types and sizes.

A photo album is typically one these types of albums:

  • Sticky or Adhesive Pages
  • Pocket Type
  • Scrapbooks or Photos Glued to Pages
  • Photographs in a Book

Photos Glued to Album Pages

You may have a few photo albums in your collection that have photos glued directly to the pages. This was a common practice, especially around the 1940s. You may be wondering how to possibly digitize them? Since it is impossible to remove the photos from the page to scan, we recommend scanning the entire page. This way the entire page layout is preserved along with any descriptive writing on the page itself. It preserves the integrity of the album and eliminates risk of damaging photos by attempting to remove them from the pages.

Photographs in a Book

Scanning photographs in a book can be challenging because of the binding. For these types of albums, it’s best to use a flatbed book scanner that allows you to scan all the way up to the edge of the binding.

Scanning Full Pages

Even though a whole page is larger than a single photo itself, it is still important to scan at a high resolution. You will be able to zoom in a particular photo from the scanned page and have the detail without appearing pixelated. An individual photo can be cropped from the page with editing software and the digital image will still be large enough to digitally print. Scanning the full page can capture