We Digitized Every Format
Our team scans photo albums with sticky or magnetic pages, older paper albums with glued-in photos, scrapbooks with photos in photo corner mounts, full scrapbook pages, scrapbook pages with 3D elements, or albums with plastic sleeves containing photos of any size.
In all cases, we provide high-resolution 600DPI scans correctly cropped, oriented, optimized, and labeled in proper order. Each album will always have its own labeled folder on your USB. For any album type we can provide scans of the full pages or crops of each individual image within the pages. Optional premium retouching and restoration services are available as well, along with options to reprint scanned pages into modern photo books.
Fair Pricing for Photo Albums to Digital
A $45 service fee applies to all orders. This service fee provides for safe handling procedures including: intake, item coding, physical & digital storage, quality checks by senior technicians and packaging.
- 600 DPI on professional scanners
- Ordered, titled and numbered
- Three-level, human-eye quality control
- Dust removal, cleaning & orientation
Albums & Scrapbooks
Starting @ per page
- 4 scanning methods: 300-600 dpi
- Dust removal, cleaning by hand
- Returned as it was
- All formats accepted
- Additional album handling fees may apply
Album Handling Fees
starting @ per scan
- Removing photos from albums and
- Individual crops from full-page scans
- Hand cleaning and re-binding
- Handling of the oldest and most fragile items
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the different types of albums? And how can I tell the difference between them?
There are several different kinds. EverPresent classifies albums into the four following categories: sticky, scrapbook, sleeve, and tightly-bound.
- Sticky albums, also known as magnetic albums, are self-adhesive. Photos will be stuck directly to the page, and there will be a sheet of plastic over them.
- Sleeve albums also have plastic, but instead of folding over the photos, here pictures are easily slipped into and out of sleeves. Most commonly these albums were made to display 4×6 photo prints.
- Scrapbook albums generally refer to albums where the images are arranged artistically on the pages and often overlap. There is more likely to be embellishments, captions, and material additional to photos in these types of albums.
- Vintage albums are a catch-all for anything else, but generally refer to albums where the images are also pasted onto pages with photo corners. They are often black paper or parchment pages bound with string.
- Tightly bound albums have spines more like books, meaning the pages cannot be removed (most other types of albums have flexible/removable binding so more pages can be added). This might be a written journal or a school yearbook.
What are my choices for how my album is digitized?
Do you want the covers of your albums scanned? You may want the front, inside and back covers scanned for album recreation
if you are considering a photobook project.
How do you want pages cropped
? We offer full-page scans, as well as individual image crops. You can always select both options as well.
Do you want to preserve captions? Caption transcriptions and scanning the backs
of images will preserve any handwriting accompanying an image.
My album is really delicate/old. Can you digitize fragile material?
Yes. We handle all of our material with the utmost care, and assess the best way to scan without damage. Our overhead scanning technology allows us to capture scans without any more handling to the book than just flipping through the pages. If there are ever challenges with the delicacy of the album that may affect the quality of the scan we will always contact you to let you know your options.
Do different types of albums cost different prices?
Yes and no. We do not base the price of the albums on the type, but rather the condition. Whether your albums are sleeve or sticky won’t change the cost, but sometimes sticky albums deteriorate and require extra handling to get good scans. The price of an album will depend more on its fragility, and while that sometimes correlates with album type, scrapbooks, sleeves, and sticky albums, all have the same base price.
What will my end-result photo files be like?
That depends a bit on what customizations you choose. Our standard format is 600 dpi, JPEG files with 24 bit color depth. We offer high resolution scanning, and TIFF files for those looking for less image compression. These will create massive file sizes, as average full-page JPEGS at our standard resolution can be around 12 megabytes each already.
How can I best preserve/store my albums?
While all albums will deteriorate over time, fading, warping, and general damage is exacerbated by fluctuating temperature, exposure to light and heat and excess handling. The best place to store albums is in well insulated areas of the home, away from moisture and warmth. There are lots of useful resources online for how to best preserve scrapbooks of historical significance, Conservation Wiki
has a very in-depth guide.
The Technical Fine Print
We know that making the decision to hand off your special and treasured memories can be a difficult one. If you want to make sure you have all the details beforehand, this section is for you.
It will give you a little more insight into how our album scanning process goes. Our philosophy has always been simple: only offer a service if we can do it better and/or cheaper than the alternatives. If you can’t look in the mirror and meet that standard with a straight face, then don’t offer it at all.
Quality Factor #1– Expanding your options
Every album is unique and each photo in it was curated with care. Someone took the time to select each image, where its place was and what order it goes in. Perhaps a family member even took the time to scrawl captions of who, where and what the photos are of, adding ticket stubs and postcards in the mix. Here at EverPresent we offer the option to choose to preserve as little or as much as you want. Whether you just want the scans to save the individual images from your pages, or you want to preserve the full album in its entirety with viewable captions in each name of the computer files, we provide personalized customizable options for each of our clients. As with every project in any media that we digitize, we will always make sure that your memories end up in the same condition as we received them. So, even if we have to remove pictures from sleeves, sticky pages, or photo corners, you can rest assured that each image will end up back in its rightful place.
Quality Factor #2– Scanning Equipment
There are many different types of albums, and the age and condition of this media can vary quite a bit. The way we choose to scan an album is evaluated based on the type, condition of both the album and photos, as well as the client’s requests for full-page or individual scans. Regardless of the equipment used, every page, picture and scanner are carefully dusted to inhibit particles showing on scans, any plastic covering is also removed when the scan happens. All album scans are provided at 600 dpi, which is twice the number of dots per inch that photos are printed at, so you can rest assured that we aren’t degrading the amount of information during the digitizing process.
Flatbed Scanners – Flatbed scanners are an integral part of our technology at EverPresent, and are generally capable of handling almost any type of photographic media we see. When it comes to albums, flatbed scanners tend to be where particularly fiddly albums go, such as pages with photos that need to be removed from photo corners, or books that are too tightly bound for overhead scanning. All of our flatbed scanners are commercial-grade Epson scanners that cost thousands of dollars.
Overhead Scanners – Overhead scanner set-ups work by incorporating camera technology with overhead rigs that capture images from above. This technology makes it ideal for extra-large items such as unfolded newspapers, large albums, and full-page scans. This is the primary technology used to scan most types of albums. Each of these rigs cost upwards of tens of thousands of dollars to create.
Feed Scanners – Sleeve albums in good enough condition (generally newer 4×6 prints) that allow the removal of photographs tend to go to our feed scanners. These batch-style scanners individually take in an image to scan allowing for quick digitizing without compromising quality. We use Kodak technology and each of our stations created to equip this includes pieces of equipment worth more than $20,000 a piece.
Quality Factor #3 – Organization and Additional Services
We believe the final digital organization of your project is just as important as the physical organization at the forefront of the project.
All jobs are quality-checked to ensure that all scans are in the correct place and the digital order matches the order of the physical images
Each album will have its own individual folder on the digital archive within the title of the album. Folders will be ordered chronologically according to the dates labelled on the album, or numerically, if that’s how you have them organized. If you don’t have any specific labels, we will use our generic naming system to keep each album folder separate.
If you’d like to go a step further to preserve the information in your albums we can provide manually typed captions for your photos which can be preserved in the file name or metadata. Our digital organizing team can even set face tags for members or your family, geo-tags for searchable locations and add date-setting so images have digital time information within the file. Older photos may be flagged for our Advance Image Retouching service, where we provide photo restoration for an hourly fee.
More From Our Happy Photo Album and
Scrapbook Scanning Clients
“We are so pleased with the time, effort and competence that Everpresent spent in putting 10 photo albums into one small zip drive. Well done!” – Mary.
“Excellent people – that’s the top compliment on my list for any service or business- and state of the art service. I gave them 40 years of family life in pictures to digitalize, a major job. Highly recommended.” – Gisele.