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Getting Started

If you are planning to add photographs or documents to your book, they must first be scanned in order to be converted into a digital file.

There are many brands of scanners available on the market. Even the most inexpensive scanner will be able to produce the high quality image files needed for printing. For best results, photos should be scanned at 300 DPI and saved as a TIFF or JPEG file. If you are planning to print a photograph larger than its original size, we would recommend scanning the photograph at 600 DPI to ensure a high quality result.

Some scanners automatically default to 72 DPI between scans so be careful. Photos scanned and printed at 72 DPI would not be considered acceptable for printing. On the other hand, higher resolution is not necessarily better. A resolution over 300 DPI will increase your file size (sometimes dramatically) and cause your computer to run more slowly.

For those who prefer not to scan their own photographs, we offer a complete scanning and page layout service.

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