Polaroid scanning and editing process

Hello blog-a-sphere,
Today, I will be showing everyone how I scan and edit my polaroid images.  I scan with a simple flatbed scanner (Epson XP-600) using epson's scanning software.  Initial scanning adjustment should focus mainly on the image area.

1) Overview

1) Overview

2) Select image frame

2) Select image frame

3) Adjust histogram to balance the levels on the blacks and whites

3) Adjust histogram to balance the levels on the blacks and whites

4) Scan DPI and image color bit

4) Scan DPI and image color bit

I use Adobe 1998 color profile to smoothly transition from scanning to photoshop.  We move to photoshop to brighten up the border.

1) Overview

1) Overview

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2) Use the Rectangular Marque Tool to select out the image area

2) Use the Rectangular Marque Tool to select out the image area

3) Add adjustment levels

3) Add adjustment levels

4) Invert selection (Mac: Command+Shift+i)

4) Invert selection (Mac: Command+Shift+i)

5) I move the white slider pass the slope to brighten the frame

5) I move the white slider pass the slope to brighten the frame

Save the file to your preferences.  I save to web as a JPEG.

Leave a comment if anyone has any questions or needs more in-depth help.