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File Saving Options

Priority Service:

By selecting the rush service upgrade your order will receive priority processing. This is only available for orders of 200 images or less.  Rush orders are usually completed and shipped in less than 24 hours upon receipt of images.  Rush orders are subject to a 30% surcharge.

**Note:  Orders that include DVD Slide Shows are not eligible for our Priority Service.

File Format Options:

TIFF Only:

Select this option from the "file type to save as" drop down menu on our quote form if you only want TIFF files. TIFF files are available in either 8 or 16 Bit formats.  TIFF files can be easily converted to JPEG using any number of photo editing tools.

JPEG Only:

Select this option from the "file type to save as" drop down menu on our quote form if you only want JPEG files.  JPEG files are only available in 8 Bit format.  JPEG files cannot be effectively converted to TIFF files.

TIFF & JPEG:

Select this option if you want us to receive JPEG and TIFF files of your images. The JPEG files will be mixed in with the TIFF files and not on a separate CD or DVD.  A 25% surcharge will be applied to the scan price.

Separate JPEG's:

If you selected the TIFF & JPEG files option you can also select separate JPEG's.  All JPEG files will be placed on a separate CD or DVD.  A 40% surcharge will be applied to the basic scan price.

8 or 16 Bit Colour Depth:

By default we scan at 8-bit.  It is important to note that 16-bit files are twice the size of 8-bit files and they can only be saved as TIFF files.  Scanning using 16 bit color depth is primarily done if the item is to be further edited using a photo editing program such as Photoshop or Photoshop elements.  The main advantage to 16 bit color depth is the broader range of colors and shades that you have to work with.  Usually, you will not be able to notice the difference on your monitor screen for an 8 bit or 16 bit photo.  Where the difference will be noticed is in the vibrancy of your prints.  It should also be pointed out that 16 bit files are twice the size of 8 bit files and that 16 bit files can be converted to 8 bit files at a later date. 

Here are a couple of articles that you may want to check out regarding this subject:

http://www.inkjetart.com/4990/48bit/index.html

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/bit-depth.shtml

Digital ICE:

The acronym stands for "Image Correction and Enhancement".  What Digital ICE will do will be to remove surface defects such as dust, scratches and fingerprints from an image.  It will not alter, soften or blur the underlying image.  Digital ICE is applied to all 35mm and Medium format slides and negatives by default and is highly recommended for Large Format and Photographic scans as well.  If you do not wish to have Digital ICE applied to your images please let us know.

For more information on Digital ICE please refer to the following link:

http://asf.com/products/ice/FilmICEOverview/  

Digital GEM:

The acronym stands for "Grain Equalization and Management".  What Digital GEM will do will be to reduce the amount of film grain with affecting the color, sharpness, details or graduations of the image.  All films have grain.  The faster the film the more the grain.  This is especially more noticeable the more that an image is enlarged.  If your film speed is faster than 100 ISO and you plan to enlarge your converted files, this option is highly recommended.

For more information refer to the following link.

http://www.asf.com/products/gem/

Cropping:

"Cropping is the process of removing portions of an image to create focus or strengthen the composition."  (Adobe Photoshop CS definition).  Most 35mm slides, along with some other types of film, will display a black border around the image data.  This area is commonly referred to as the slide mount.  This can typically be removed through cropping.  The down side to this is that when this area is cropped, some image data is usually erased too.

Because we scan each image individually by hand this is a service that we can provide at no charge.  Keep in mind that the finished images that we provide to you can easily be cropped using any number of photo editors (i.e. Photoshop Elements) while the original file is left untouched.  Our recommendation is to leave the cropping until later as it will provide you with the most flexibility. 

Uncropped Image Sample Cropped Image Sample

Multi-Sampling:

Multi-sample scanning does multiple passes of an image and then averages the passes.  This reduces scanner noise and results in the cleanest possible scan.  The multiplier is the actual number times the item is scanned.  These types of scans are more costly due to the amount of additional time they take to complete.  This can be compared to writing the same test several times, taking your best marks for each question and combining them for one final result.  When absolutely the best quality is needed this may be something worth considering.  We offer 2x, 4x, 8x and 16x multi-sample scanning.

Data DVD instead of CD Storage Media:

By selecting data DVD storage media your files will be recorded onto DVD-R's instead of CD's.  Please keep in mind that you need to have a DVD installed on your PC to view these files.  Data DVD's, unlike DVD Slide Shows, cannot be viewed on your TV.   Data DVD's are our preferred method of storage.



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