5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 30, 2013 9:25 AM by Jeffrey Jones2
AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,340 points)

I am doing a project where I am scanning in photos that are up to 100 years old. They are attached to pages in a scrapbook. I am using Image Capture to scan and Aperture 3.4.2 to process. Using Epson V300 photo scanner. Probably 100 pages consisting of 500 to 800 photos in total.


Original workflow...

Set up Image Capture to scan each individual photo in JPEG 400dpi.

This produces is good results but is slow and tedious.

I then import into Aperture and apply adjustments.



Proposed workflow...

Rather than scan each photo, I will scan the whole page in TIFF at 800dpi.

Then import TIFF into Aperture.

Use Aperture/create new version from Master/ and apply cropping and adjustments until I have each photo.

Then export JPEG versions of the original photos, and delete all the TIFF versions except the original master.


Alternate workflow #1...

Same as proposed workflow above, except scan in whole page as JPEG rather than TIFF.


Alternate workflow #2

Same as above, except scan in at a lower resolution, say 400dpi.


Would appreciate any insight or advice on how to make this easier and maintain quality.


Also, is there any way to have a TIFF master and create JPEG versions? (without exporting and then reimporting)

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), i7 with 16GB
  • 1. Re: Seeking advice on scanning project...
    AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,340 points)

    Here are samples of my project.


    From this


    Dottie and Harold Early Memories 3 (1).jpg


    To this for each photo on the page.


    Dottie and Harold Early Memories 3 - Version 2.jpg

  • 2. Re: Seeking advice on scanning project...
    John Thomson Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I am doing a similar project with old family photos, some from an album. When I have a page of pictures I scan a partticular picture on the page in on the V300 (using VueScan), then I use Adobe Elements to adjust that picture in Elements. Then back to the page to scan another picture. Hint: if you have wrinkled photos that produce an "oily" sheen on the picture when you scan it, try using a digital camera to take a picture of the page instead of scanning it --  then crop each picture out. Scanning the whole page and cropping out pictures of the scanned page may not be optimal, you can't concentrate on the texture of the single photo or object. Tedious, yes. Rewarding, very much so. You are on the right track.

    Lucky you, you have captions on the pictures.

    My finished photos are being assembled into an iPhoto book.

  • 3. Re: Seeking advice on scanning project...
    AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,340 points)

    Thanks. In the end it turned out to be easier to scan each photo individually. With Image Capture, I was able to detect multiple photos at once, and thus get a whole overized page in about two or three scans.


    I would not recommend cropping individual photos out of a large one if you have a lot to do.

  • 4. Re: Seeking advice on scanning project...
    Garth Brown Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    The efficiency of your proposed workflow depends largely on the memory, storage capacity, and processing speed of your computer. Under optimal conditions, this workflow should be fine; however, if you are working with less than a 32-bit processor, and/or less than 4-GB DDR2 FB-DIMM (dual in-line memory module), and/or less than several hundred GB of hard drive memory, you may find yourself struggling, especially if you are reaching for that 800 dpi value. Definitely, cease and desist from scanning in JPEG. Everytime you save a JPEG file you activate a compression algorithm that diminishes the resolution of your image. Scan all originals in TIFF. You can import image files into Aperture in many common file formats including scanned images. You can import a folder of files as a project or drag and drop it directly into the Library inspector. (See "Importing files stored on your computer or connected servers" in Aperture Help.) As for exporting, you have many options including TIF, JPEG, PNG, and PSD. Keep the original scanned TIFF images as-is. Any changes that you create in Aperture will be preserved in the original TIFF. Aperture creates a new digital copy in your library. If you decide to edit your original scans in Photoshop or any other editing software before introducing the image to Aperture, you will likely modify the original scan beyond retrieval. Better to get the image into Aperture as soon after scan as possible, and then go to Photos>Edit with External Editor>[Photoshop], if you want to do any sophisticated editing. You will, of course, need to have an external editor installed on your computer and linked to Aperture via Aperture>Preferences>Export. Aperture has highly capable editing tools but with some significant limitations, depending on the sophistication of the required editing. Probably best to concentrate on getting good quality initial scans into Aperture before attempting any significant editing. That's a hard temptation to resist. Finally, backup, backup, and backup! After scanning and before moving image files to Aperture, burn your images to a DVD (or multiple DVDs) or a Blue Ray disk. After importing your scanned files into Aperture backup your hard drive. I recommend using Carbon Copy Cloner. Also strongly recommend that you use Apple's Time Machine backup software on a separate hard drive. If you use iCloud, you can post your edited images to a Photo Stream where the finished images will be preserved for viewing and recovery in the event of a catastrophic failure in Aperture (not likely but it has happened). Good luck.

  • 5. Re: Seeking advice on scanning project...
    Jeffrey Jones2 Level 6 Level 6 (8,510 points)

    Please read the Aperture manual and/or some tutorials. Aperture is a sophisticated application, and it works in ways that are different from more traditional programs you might be familiar with. It is important to understand Aperture. You make several references to "TIFF versions" and "JPEG versions". This betrays some basic misunderstandings about how Aperture works. A Version in Aperture is not a file. It is not a TIFF or a JPEG until you create a file by exporting it.