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    Scanning Finished Tintype

    For those who do scan their tintypes, do you scan with the lid open? Is this the correct procedure?

    Is there any risk of platen damage if scanning a tintype on a Creo, or should I budget for a cheap scanner for wet plate scanning?

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    Re: Scanning Finished Tintype

    Great question! I have scanned a few plates. At first I was a bit worried it would stick to the platen, but that wasn't an issue, nor did I have any issues with scanning. Obviously they were very dry, and varnished plates. I am interested to hear what others experience is.
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    Re: Scanning Finished Tintype

    What is your usage, meaning how will you use the copy?

    I find my iPhone can copy many things very well and I need to reduce most files to 72 ppi and 1000 pixels long side for email as few want a big file delivered

    So many use a phone to look at any pic, that is high enough rez

    I usually use a giant tripod with a iPhone mount to get the thing square in the screen

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    Re: Scanning Finished Tintype

    Well, eventually I hope to make some decent tintypes.
    Then I'd scan them and print on an Epson.

    If I only needed to display for web, I'd use the MePhone in that instance.

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    Re: Scanning Finished Tintype

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    Re: Scanning Finished Tintype

    I scan with the lid open, largely because I prefer a black background around the edge. It's also customary to scan before varnishing to avoid dust/flaws in the varnish, a soft varnish sticking to the glass,(dry unvarnished plates won't), and, if you're using Sandarac or other harsh varnish, potential partial or total loss of the image.
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    Re: Scanning Finished Tintype

    Excellent, thanks Mark! Next time I'll ask about Sandarac, since that's part of the B&S kit.

    Should I be worried about an unvarnished plate scratching the scanner glass?

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    Re: Scanning Finished Tintype

    I scan with lid closed before varnishing. Occasionally, I get light wrapping around the edges of a plate if it isnít completely flat with the lid open. I agree with Mark. It is best to scan before varnishing. The varnish can add a lot of junk to spot out later on a scan. I have been scanning with a V700 for 8 years with no obvious scratching.

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    Re: Scanning Finished Tintype

    Scan before varnishing. Use a higher DPI than you would think, then adjust contrast and color saturation down to what the plate really looks like. I use the lid down.

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    Re: Scanning Finished Tintype

    I've done it two ways, both work. Mostly I place them face down on my Epson v700 and scan. Lid closed. Have not had a problem. I scan before varnishing. I've also taped them to a wall with a piece of white paper in the background, in full sun, and photo'd them using my Nikon D850 + Nikon 150mm macro on a tripod.


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