Get creative with your scanner this
holiday season to produce one-of-a-kind keepsakes and gifts, such
as calendars, cards, scrapbook pages, and more. Learn how to arrange
and scan photos and 3-D objects for something unexpected and unique.
Unique holiday 3-D
Your photo scanner isn't simply for scanning photos and documents. There's
a world of creative possibilities when you have the proper inspiration.
The holidays are full of festive scanning subjects. Here are some projects
to get you started scanning this season.
Holiday crafters can show off the intricate details of their needlework
to friends and family who can't see firsthand.
Scanning classic family photos to create a heartfelt gift everyone
Scan the prize ingredient in a favorite holiday dish and use it
in a photo recipe card.
Scan strings of popcorn and cranberries, and don't forget to snap
a few photos of the kids while they make them.
Scan a favorite wine label to commemorate a special family dinner
or other occasion.
Print scans of dried leaves on inkjet fabric sheets and use in creative
Setting your resolution to 300 ppi (pixels per inch) will give you
When scanning items that aren't flat, covering your scanner with
a dark cloth will help keep things dark.
The following are some good general
scanning tips to keep in mind.
Do a preview scan
Using your HP scanner software, do a pre-scan to see how everything
looks on-screen. Keep rearranging your items until you are satisfied
with the composition.
Use the correct resolution
For your final scan, set the scanning resolution to a minimum
of 300 ppi (pixels per inch). This is high quality enough for
most projects, and may even allow for enlargements of your final
Cover scanner with a cloth
3-D objects lift up your scanner lid slightly. To compensate
for the extra light coming in, cover your scanner with a thick
cloth to keep things dark.
Clean scanner surface
The best way to remove dust and particles from your photos is
to avoid them in the first place.
Protect scanner glass
If there are objects that may scratch the scanner surface, place
a piece of glass or clear plastic underneath your object.