04/24/10 272 W - + 5 - 4 Divide Scanned Photos

Long on my short list of historical things to do has been the compilation of Raleigh retiree photos. Once saw a fire department web site with a history section, and that listed and displayed portraits of all former members. Maybe New Haven? Somewhere up north and east. Recently, in preparation for a retiree event, Yours Truly had the occasion to produce this very thing. A web gallery of retiree portraits, which you've since seen posted.

Did it take forever? Scanning seemingly hundreds of head shots? Negative. The magic was PhotoShop-- and/or, PhotoShop Elements-- and an option to Divide Scanned Photos. Simply, if you scan several photos at once, you can select this option, and the program automatically crops and rotates the pictures. Then you simply save each one. This project was made easier by the fact that yearbooks were scanned, instead of physical prints.

Since they're smaller, a magnification of around 150% or 175% was used. A Descreen option was also selected at the time of scanning. Without using descreening, the resulting image will show lots of little dots. The same way that a scanned newspaper photo usually looks like sh&t when enlarged or printed on photo paper. Once a folder full of image was produced, the option to Process Multiple Files was used, to create copies of uniform height. Each 500 pixels high.

Everything was plopped in the photo gallery template, and the results were published. A reasonably but not entirely complete photo history of Raleigh Fire Department retirees (and deceased members), dating back to the beginning (meaning 1949, when the city retirement system was created). See the results.

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