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10 Tips for Scanning Old Photos


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Organize Your Scanned Photos
Give your newly digitized photos a happy, well-organized home on your computer.
Give your newly digitized photos a happy, well-organized home on your computer.
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Now that you've transferred your pile of old photographs to a folder on your desktop, what do you do with them?

First, come up with an organizational system that you can remember. Your parents' beautiful wedding photos aren't going to do you any good if you can't find them a year from now. Set aside a folder (or folders, depending on how many pictures you have) to store your pictures. Tag the pictures with names you'll recognize (like "Mom's wedding dress, 1969") so you can easily find pictures when you need them.

Once you're organized, here are a few more ideas of what to do with those old photos:

  • E-mail photos to friends and family.
  • Edit the pictures together into a slideshow set to music for an anniversary, wedding or other special occasion.
  • Use an online picture sharing site like Shutterfly or Snapfish to make nifty gifts, like calendars, mugs, holiday cards, mouse pads and digital photobooks.
  • Print the pictures out on photo paper and frame them.