The Photomyne Photo Scan app is a powerful tool for scanning photos, but it’s important to have just the right scanning conditions to get the best results. While there isn’t a ‘best way’ to scan photos, many factors - such as glossy vs. matte photos, loose photos vs. photos in an album - can affect your scans. Take your time to figure out the method that’s best for you. The following tips will help set you up for success!

Tips for best scanning results

Scanning techniques

Speed vs quality
You can scan an entire album page or a few photos grouped together on a table in one shot. If quick photo scanning is what you're after, scan up to 3 photos together for fast results. Alternatively, if print quality is what you're aiming for, we recommend scanning one photo at a time.

Manual vs. voice command scanning
When ready to scan, long-press the camera icon until the circle on your scanning screen becomes full. Then release (For Android users - just a long press will do). Take multiple shots until you finish capturing the photos you want. When finished, tap done on the top-right. Another option, for iOS users, is to scan hands-free using a voice command - learn more about this option here.

Scanning conditions

To achieve the best possible scans, try to follow these guidelines:

Lighting
Here’s how to limit glare and reflections in your scans:

  • Use natural daylight and avoid artificial lighting if possible (especially not a fluorescent light). Bright lamp lights can cause a glare. Try using either natural light from a nearby window, or use a lamp with softer light.
  • Avoid direct lighting and have the light sources to the left and/or right of the photos. Avoid having the light source behind, in front, or above the photographs.
  • Remove photos from plastic sleeves or remove photo’s covering before scanning to avoid glare.
  • If you have difficulty in finding the right lighting conditions, consider using a photo tent to diffuse the light source, soften shadows and reduce glares.
  • Try changing the lighting angles, and possibly the location where you scan until you find the best conditions.

Background
If you are capturing individual photos scattered on a table or on any other surface, make sure the surface is smooth and even-colored. Any color or material will do, as long as the surface has the same (preferably solid) color.

Angle
Hold your device directly above (and parallel to) the surface, rather than at an angle.

Distance
Take the closest possible shot of the photos - so photos take up as much space of the camera screen as possible while leaving narrow margins around photos.

Boundaries
Hold your device close to the photo - so it takes up the maximum space inside the frame, with little margins.

Additional help

External sources
There is a Facebook group called Photomyne experts. This is a place for advanced Photomyne users to share their knowledge and experience and help one another. There really is nothing like crowdsourced wisdom. Request to join here.

Scanning accessories: If you are still looking for an additional boost to your photo scanning experience, take a look at these recommended scanning accessories.

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This page was last updated in February 2021