So you’ve finally decided to take the plunge and send your pictures to a photo scanning service to be digitized. Thousands of customers have done just the same thing and they can now enjoy those memories on a computer and share them with family members. We're glad you’ve been properly protecting your prints to reduce damage so you are now ready to send your prints to a photo scanning service to be digitized!
Regardless of size, photo scanning services can handle your prints but there are some important things we need to mention before you start packing your prints.
3 Tips For Packing Your Prints Before Sending Them to a Photo Scanning Service
1. Gather & Organize Photos
Try to organize photos into stacks of 100 to 200 pictures. If you lose count, that’s okay. A stack of 100 photos is about one inch high.
We understand that a big collection of family photos will likely have many different sized pictures. If possible, try to group photos according to size. This will protect the picture corners during shipment. If that’s not possible, it’s not a requirement.
Make sure all pictures are free of backing or mounting material. We can only scan pictures that consist of the original photographic paper.
2. Place Photos in a Plastic Bag & Seal
If you need to maintain image sequence, organize your photos in the order they should be scanned, with the top photo being first. Be sure to tag your groups with a sequence scheme and if you really want to be organized, group images with title index cards.
When you place your order online, be sure to request that the images are scanned in order. Make this request in the order comments field and we’ll take care of the rest.
After your photos are organized and sealed, place them in a larger box or bag with a single layer of bubble wrap to protect them from moisture.
3. Ship Photos to the Photo Scanning Service
Choose a reliable carrier such as FedEx or UPS that can provide tracking information for your package.
It’s simple to get started and once you receive your photo collection, you can easily share and organize pictures with just a few clicks. Do you have a combination of prints and slides? No problem. Check out our website for tips on packing slides.
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