Tips For Scanning Album Covers

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dypsis
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Tips For Scanning Album Covers

Post by dypsis » Tue Jun 03, 2008 3:20 am

I have noticed that when I scan my album covers, a lot of them have a lot of noise in them. By that I mean, they are not clear. I scan at 600 dpi. I can remove some of the noise with a photo app, but I would really like to be able to scan them better to begin with.

I have no trouble scanning the discs. They scan fine. Just the covers are the problem. The covers that display actual photos scan worse than the covers that have drawings or artwork.

So is this just the scanner highlighting the deficiencies of many album covers, or is there a method that will improve the scans?

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Post by DazB » Tue Jun 03, 2008 4:35 am

Hi,

If your scanning application has a descreening option use it.

Daz

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Post by bgibbard » Tue Jun 03, 2008 7:22 am

The way I handle it is to scan at a larger size than I am ultimately going to use. On the original scan the screening is very obvious, but when I resize to the size I am ultimately going to use (about half that of the original scan) the problem goes away.

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Post by dypsis » Tue Jun 03, 2008 2:00 pm

Thanks guys. I will have a look at this descreening option.

Never really noticed it before. But I do always scan a lot bigger than what I need.

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Post by dypsis » Tue Jun 03, 2008 3:21 pm

Now. If I could only find a way to remove that pesky dust from my scanner. :wink:

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Re: Tips For Scanning Album Covers

Post by dypsis » Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:26 pm

It is no easy task scanning album covers and getting good results.

Is there a third party scanning software that may make the job easier?

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Re: Tips For Scanning Album Covers

Post by Eyal » Tue Jun 24, 2008 12:19 am

dypsis wrote:It is no easy task scanning album covers and getting good results.

Is there a third party scanning software that may make the job easier?
No I don't think so.
It's a matter of experience, Try & Test.

1) Have a clean glass, try to avoid dust as possible.
2) Better results are at 200dpi.
3) Use the Descreen option only if needed (depends on the print fabric).
4) Lower the Sharpen function.
5) Increase the contrast.
6) Use the Dust & Scrashes remover function only if there's no text on the page.
7) ...

Maybe the cover already exists:

http://www.freecovers.net
http://www.allcdcovers.com
http://www.Discogs.com
Google/Yahoo Images
http://www.Wikipedia.com
http://www.cdnow.com (amazon)
http://www.urbancovers.com
http://www.flickr.com/groups/album_art_1/
http://www.albumart.org/
http://www.cdcovers.cc/

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Re: Tips For Scanning Album Covers

Post by dypsis » Tue Jun 24, 2008 2:56 pm

Eyal wrote:
dypsis wrote:It is no easy task scanning album covers and getting good results.

Is there a third party scanning software that may make the job easier?
No I don't think so.
It's a matter of experience, Try & Test.

1) Have a clean glass, try to avoid dust as possible.
2) Better results are at 200dpi.
3) Use the Descreen option only if needed (depends on the print fabric).
4) Lower the Sharpen function.
5) Increase the contrast.
6) Use the Dust & Scrashes remover function only if there's no text on the page.
7) ...

...
Thanks for the reply Eyal.

Better results at 200dpi. I will have to try that. I have also experimented with the descreen function.

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Re: Tips For Scanning Album Covers

Post by dypsis » Sat Jun 28, 2008 12:50 am

I just started using VueScan, and I can tell you that it has made a HUGE difference.

The settings that I have used have been to leave everything on Auto except I selected "Magazine" for Media type.

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Re: Tips For Scanning Album Covers

Post by Guest » Fri Jul 25, 2008 2:06 am

Album art is really important to me so I spend some time on my scans. I set it at 360dpi. No real reason. Once I am done I then move the image(s) to Paint Shop Pro. Adobe Photoshop Elements works just as well. Here I will start cropping the image if need be and doing some major cleaning. Any scratches or worn parts on the album cover get covered over. I have found that my scanner doesn't get pure white like it should be so I just recolor things. Staples or creases in booklets are erased. For some reason CDs are often the worse looking with lots of little dots or whatnot on the surface. All of this gets done by zooming in substantially so I can see every detail. When i finally finish the end product usually shines if you know I mean. Obviously, little of this effort can be seen in the small art window in MM but I know it's there. And should I decide to burn a hard copy for someone I know that my album art will look great!

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Re: Tips For Scanning Album Covers

Post by dypsis » Sat Jul 26, 2008 6:00 pm

Yes. I use Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo also.

I think the problem with many covers is that they are actually poor quality, and scanning just enhances this poor quality.
If you put them under a magnifying glass, you will see this.

I don't think that the publisher really intends them to be of such a quality that they can be scanned well.

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Re: Tips For Scanning Album Covers

Post by DazB » Sat Jul 26, 2008 6:20 pm

Hi,

The little dots are how printing is done in general.

Daz

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Re: Tips For Scanning Album Covers

Post by dypsis » Sun Oct 05, 2008 10:47 pm

I have read that 300dpi is the best setting for scanning album covers, but I have found that in most cases, 600dpi looks better. Some covers do actually look better at 300dpi.

Also. I am having problems getting my album art to display on my iriver E100 with FLAC files.
I use the same process, size, resolution for them all, but some FLAC albums won't display. Others do. I do not have any problems with MP3.
If I convert FLAC to MP3, it works. :-?

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