Saturday, July 07, 2018

the easiest way to digitalize all your polaroids

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Summer break is here again, which most likely means you're attending lots of social gatherings and taking tons of pictures. Most of those will be polaroids, if you're anything like me. Unfortunately it's hard to share polaroids with your friends or share them on social media, since every one is unique and taking a picture with your phone ruins the quality.

But I'm coming to the rescue!! In this post I'll be telling you all about how I digitalize my polaroids, quickly and easily.

step 1.
Probably the easiest step: find yourself a (flatbed) scanner. Whether that's at home, a friend or a print/scan business, just find yourself a scanner. I have a Canon MG7550 at home, which is a printer/scanner combo and works just fine. Most printers have scanners in them as well, so you can also just look around for any place that has a printer and they'll most definitely have a scanner as well.

step 2.
Lay out your polaroids. I'd say do about 6 polaroids per A4 scan, and try to lay them out as straight as you can. Of course it's not a big deal if they're not perfectly straight, but it will make your life a lot easier when you're resizing the scan.

step 3.
Make the scan! Be sure to put your scanner on the highest quality!! For me, that 600 DPI, which gets me nice, crisp scans, even when I zoom in. It's possible to go higher, but I've found that 600 works just fine for having polaroids to print, put on Instagram or to text around. If you're printing them out larger than their original size I'd recommend getting a higher DPI, like 2400. (Also: don't forget to set the output location for the scans, so you can actually find them lol) Higher DPI's will make the file size bigger though, so make sure you're aware of that!

step 4.
Use any software to cut each small polaroid into an individual picture. I usually Airdrop my scan from my laptop to my phone, duplicates the picture for each polaroid I have laid out, and resize using the basic photos software. You can also use the software that came with your laptop, but I personally prefer using my phone because it's very easy to use and has great options for rotating the picture. You can choose to keep the frame or nah, but I usually keep the frame and let each individual friend decide on their own if they want the frame or not.

tips 'n tricks
If the colors come out warped you can use apps like VSCO and Lightroom to fix the colors.
If you want to get an extra vintage look, you can use an app like Filterloop to add fun light leaks and dust.
It's a good idea to make sure there's no dust or dirt on your polaroids before scanning them.

Anyways, that was it for this short article! I hope this post was useful to you, 'cause it's been a proces of trial and error to find this "perfect" technique. Enjoy your summer break and see ya next week!

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