Following on from yesterdays post where I dealt with the Digital Photography aspect of digitising early printed book facsimile pages.
Title pages from some early printed books and one entire 19th century book (missing its boards). The aim is to digitise the title pages for use in Historical Bibliography module at UCL with students for the quasi facsimile (title page facsimile) practice.
Today I tried flatbed scanning.
I didnt really have to do much to make this happen, after faffing figuring out how to turn the flipping thing on. Insert the image you want to scan. Check the resolution, which I set at 300dpi. Press Preview, crop to the image and then press Scan. Job done. I didn’t fiddle with anything else as we were told it is best to capture the image as is, and leave adjustments for later on. It is wise to always save a high quality copy of the image as a TIFF file so it will meet archival standards (admitidly I forgot to do that for half of them – Sorry Anne! but for the purpose of the digitisation the JPEG should be adequate…i hope).
The resulting image is really sharp, and lost the phantomness from the digital photographs. But you sort of lose the condition and colour of the paper. So it shows the pros and cons of the two different methods. Depending on what you want the digitised image for.