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iPhoto ’11 > Getting Old Photos into iPhoto - Pg. 138

iPhoto '11 Getting Old Photos into iPhoto look for a scanner that supports an auto- You love your digital camera and the con- venience of iPhoto, and it would take an act matic document feeder so you can scan of Congress to force you to use film again. a stack of photos without having to hand-feed the scanner. Some flatbeds And yet the past haunts you. You have include photo feeders that can handle up boxes of negatives and slides that you to 24 prints in sizes up to 4 by 6 inches. haven't seen in years. If you could get Other scanners accept optional docu- them into iPhoto, you could organize ment feeders. Just be sure to verify them into albums and share them that the document feeder can handle through Web albums, slide shows, prints photos--many can't. and books, and even movies and DVDs. Film scanners. A print is one generation Many services will scan slides, negatives, away from the original image, and may and prints for you, with retouching and have faded with time or been poorly color restoration available as options. printed to begin with. Worse, many photos Scanning Right Whether you use a flatbed or film scanner, you'll encounter enough jargon to intimi- date an astronaut: histograms, tone curves, black points, white points. Don't fret: all scanners include software that provides presets for common scanning scenarios, such as scanning for color ink- jet output. Start with these presets. As you learn about scanning, you can customize settings to optimize your exposures. The right resolution. A critical scanning setting deals with how many dots per inch