I run a small photo restoration business. As it should be, the smaller the physical size
of the photo to be scanned and restored, the higher the ppi needs to be. An 8X10 can
get by fine at 300 to 600 pip. A wallet size I require at least 1,200 ppi. I will be
zooming in on these images and need the detail.
I worked on a job for a local CPA in TN. and scanned, cropped, rotated and saved to
disc around 1,500 4 x 6 photos. Since they needed no real work, cloning, etc. they got
by fine at 300 ppi, then automate to 150 ppi for all around use. 300 ppi to look them
over, then resize them, save in folders on CD-ROMs.
After the job, one of the office personnel at the firm I contracted to figured that she
would see if I could work on a photo for her.
My phone rings: This is Kelly.
Her: I have a wallet sized photo I would like to get restored. What will that cost?
Me: I would have to look at it and see what I can do before I can give you a quote.
Her: Can I send you a copy of it? How do I do that?
Me: Scan it at 1,200 ppi and email it to email@example.com.
Her : I don't have a scanner? Can I take a photo of it with my phone and text it to you?
Me: No. It will likely be at 72 ppi and I need an exact copy at a very high resolution.
Her: OK, I'll scan it and send it to you.
I gave her a specific subject line for the e-mail so that I wouldn't consider it to be
I have never heard from her again.
Four years ago.