Ok… after receiving sample scans from a bunch of people and talking to a couple card scanning experts, I realized that I’ve got to call a mulligan on the first batch of sample scans you all sent me.
Here’s the deal:
What I was hoping from receiving sample scans from various people, was that I’d be able to easily compare the scans ya’ll sent me and easily determine who had the nicest scanner for the job.
However, I was a little vague with the scanning instructions, and I received scans of different cards from each person, so it was kind of hard to compare the images. Some people edited their scans before sending them to me too, so that threw things off.
I’ve updated the scanning instructions page, but here are the key points to take note:
- Scan at 600 dpi. No more, no less… exactly 600 dpi.
- Output the scans as PNG format, if possible. Otherwise JPG is ok.
- Send me the raw PNG file. Don’t edit the images, just leave them be.
Feel free to tinker with your scanner settings though, to try and capture the best image. Just don’t tinker with them in Photoshop, GIMP, or any other similar program. It’s important I have the raw files to look at.
Also, to make it easier to compare scans from each person, I’m going to specify what cards you should scan. Here are the 10 cards I want to see (all from Triumphant):
- Kricketune #24
- Rapidash #8
- Psyduck #74
- Electrode #34
- Spoink #77
- Solrock #9
- Sharpedo #30
- Lairon #37
- Pidgeot #29
- Seeker #88
- Rescue Energy #90
- Electrode Prime #93
- Cresselia & Darkrai Legend #99 (top half only)
I encourage you to scan multiple cards at once… fit as many onto the scanner bed as you can so it goes quicker. If you’re wondering why I chose those cards, it’s because it gives us one of each color type (and I thought those cards had some of the coolest artwork).
What I’ll then do is show the raw image files you send me to the card scanning expert I’m in contact with, and get his opinion on everyone’s scans. After I get his approval, we’ll go from there!
Please mail your scans to email@example.com and I’ll get back to you ASAP.