Images were scanned using Adobe Photoshop 5 and an Epson Expression 1600 scanner. The scanner settings were for negative film, at 8-bit grayscale (all the negatives scanned were black and white), and a resolution of 300 dpi, with a target size of 8 x 10 inches. These raw scans were saved in the TIFF format. The raw scanned images were then opened in Photoshop, and adjusted in three ways:
Lightened or darkened as needed using the Adjust Levels command. No uniform settings were used, but each image was adjusted to look its best.
Rotated when needed to correct slanted placement on the scanner. The rotation was meant to correct human error in scanning, not in Dodd's photography. If the image is not straight in the original negative, it was not straightened in Photoshop.
Cropped blank space from the edges of the image. The original image was not cropped, only extra blank space around the border.
Any physical deterioration of the negatives, such as scratches, fading, or mold infestation, were not corrected in the adjusted images. The adjusted image was saved as a separate file from the raw scan. Raw scans and adjusted TIFFs were eventually burned onto CD ROM. When images were prepared for the web, their size was reduced to 595 pixels wide and 72 dpi (maximum display capability of the World Wide Web). The larger web images were watermarked with the Digimarc seal. Thumbnails 100 pixels wide were also created. These images were used to create the Jimmie Dodd web site.
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