On your mobile device

For a lightweight job, you can take a digital picture of your physical image. Make sure your photo is in adequate lighting and isn't in any frame for the best result. 

Scanning to your computer

If you have a scanner at home, you can scan your photos to your computer for uploading. All scanners and computers are slightly different; we recommend doing a Google search for details on your scanner and system or consulting your scanner's user guide if you need assistance. 

  • Many scanners will default to PDF files when scanning; be sure to check that the file format is set to scan in as either JPEG (JPG) or PNG. 
    • We recommend JPEG.
    • We also suggest scanning at the highest quality setting possible without letting the file size surpass 10 MB or the image resolution surpass 22,000 pixels by 22,000 pixels. 
  • Public libraries often have scanners; a library worker may be able to help with scanning your photos if needed.

Professionally digitized

Walgreens and Costco offer cost-effective services to scan physical photos while more specialized companies may provide a higher quality end product at a bit more cost.  

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