Frequently Asked Questions - lifesimagesbylorna

Scanning Information

Photos, slides and negatives do not have to be pre-sorted or pre-counted. Send your pictures and we will process the order and then give you a total count. We price per image and bill you on the final count. If you would like your photos or negatives scanned in a certain order you can number each one (on the back for photos or on the mount for slides). We will process your images in that order at no extra charge.

If you would like your images placed in groupings or folders we can add these at no extra charge. Place each group of pictures, slides or negative in an envelope with the folder name written on the envelope or a piece of paper (i.e. Disney 1990, Family Reunion, or Joey’s 1st Birthday). Some people have used sandwich bags or a rubber band around a group of slides.

All images are individually scanned and rotated to the proper orientation. We perform color correction and exposure correction. We also remove red eye and fix minor scratches to the image.

All images are saved in on a CD in JPEG format. Having your images available on a CD allows you to easily enjoy your pictures with family and friends. All CD’s are placed in a case with a customized cover. We use Lightscribe to label each individual CD.

DVD Photo Slideshow

We can create a custom DVD for you to enjoy your cherished memories. Watch your favorite images on the TV like a movie. We can use music you select or we can help you pick music to go along with the theme. Music is custom edited to fit perfectly with your photos. We can provide special effects such as fading in or out of a picture or panning across a scene or group of people.

What does DPI stand for?

The term dpi stands for dots per inch. It is linked back to the scanning of black and white images with the black color being represented as a dot. Therefore, 300 dpi stands for 300 black dots per inch. You may also hear the term pixel or ppi pixels per inch. The terms are used interchangeable.

What resolution should I scan my photos at?

We recommend for most photographs to be scanned at 300 dpi to produce a nice 4” x 6” reprint. Paper photos are usually only printed at 150 to 300 dpi, therefore, there is usually no more then 300 dpi of information to pick up from the original. If you have very small pictures we may recommend 600 dpi so you can enlarge the image. This will give all of you photos comparable dimensions.

Will my photos be returned to me?

Yes, we return all of your photos along with your scanned images on a CD.

Where are my photos scanned?

Your photos will not leave the country. We do all of the work at our facility in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.

My photos are glued in an album can you scan them?

Yes we can, however, we would not want to damage an old album, so we will discuss each album with the customer on a case to case basis. If photographs are glued to the page we can scan each individual page and then crop each picture. In order to do this we will need to open the book, so it can lay flat on the scanner. This procedure may break or compromise the albums binding. We also prefer to scan the pictures without anything covering them. Therefore, we will need to lift any clear covering off the pictures. This procedure may damage the covering or it may not stick as it did previous to scanning. If the cover is adhered to the photographs we can discuss the option of scanning through the clear covering. These images will not be of the same quality, but you still obtain a decent image, which we can improve with additional work in Photoshop.


Can I share my photos on line?

Yes, Life's Images by Lorna would be happy to upload your photos to an on-line gallery for sharing with family and friends. The gallery can be password enabled so you can control whom has access to the gallery.


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