Note: I use Photoshop 6.0.1, so the
instructions below need to be modified accordingly to the scanner and image
software you are using.
I'm not sure about the equivelant compressions on the likes of Paint Shop Pro
and others, so we need to establish this.
1. Scan inlay at 300 dpi, use descreen
if the scan appears blotchy or dotty or you get moire.
2. Rotate image so it's more
or less straight. I scan from the shortest edge and space the inlay out so I
can scan the complete inlay. Usually 90degrees clockwise or anticlock wise.
3. Crop around the edge of
the inlay so you only have the required inlay parts, in Photoshop 6 you can
rotate the crop area and it will straighten out the pitcure if it's not level.
4. Apply Auto Contrast or Auto
Levels (Which ever looks best), I use Auto Contrast mostly
Increments of 5 for Brightness if required, don't go over board
6. Reduce Inlay using the following
a. Small Cassette; reduce to 388
pixels high (proportionately)
b. Double Cassette; reduce
to 502 pixels high (proportionately)
c. Medium Cassette; reduce
to 502 pixels high (Proportinately)
d. Custom size; reduce to 96 dpi
7. Apply sharpen filter, unless it
makes the scan look really bad.
8. Save as JPG, Quality 6 (Medium),
Baseline Optimized, as shown below:
The inlays scan below, was made using the above method, it's taken from a Small
Cassette inlay hence the size of 388 pixels high
If you have any questions
or modifications then please e-mail me to discuss them: