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.
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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